Dental Implants: A Modern Solution for Missing Teeth

Tooth loss can strike at any age. The causes can be unforeseen, such as a Dental Implantssudden injury, or can be an expected outcome after battling poor dental health. These days dentures are not the only treatment option available. Dental implants at Aura Dental in St John’s Wood are used to provide a more reliable and long lasting alternative to dentures.

Dental implants explained

Dental implants are small screws made of titanium that fit into your jawbone. They act as artificial tooth roots, on top of which replacement teeth can be attached. One of the main benefits of dental implants is their stability. When placed in your jawbone, they encourage bone growth. This firmly secures them in place. This level of stability cannot be achieved with traditional dentures.

Dental implants also protect your future dental health. Over the years tooth loss can cause the jawbone to degenerate and gums to recede – even among denture wearers. Dental implants help prevent these effects.

Whether you have lost a single tooth or a complete jaw of teeth, dental implants can be used to restore your missing teeth. A single dental implant can securely hold several replacement teeth. With just four to six dental implants a full jaw of teeth can be fitted.

What to expect from the procedure

Dental implants are one of the more complex dental treatments and require a minor surgical procedure. To ensure this is pain-free, local anaesthetic is used. For especially anxious patients, sedation is also available. A period of healing, usually of several months, is required to allow your implants to fully integrate into your jawbone. Natural looking replacement teeth can then be attached.

It is important that prior to your procedure your gums and jawbone are in good health. This will ensure the successful placement and integration of your dental implants. Treatments are available to improve the condition of your gums and jawbone.

Once your dental implant treatment is complete, you will be advised on how best to care for them. Good dental hygiene can ensure your implants last as long as your natural teeth. This means you can enjoy the freedom of eating, chewing and laughing just as you did before you suffered from tooth loss.