Dental Implant 101 – What You Need To Know
If you’re considering dental implants in Richmond as a form of tooth replacement you might want to find out more about them before you make an informed decision about the future of your oral health. To make it a little easier, we thought that we’d put together 5 things about dental implants that you really should know.
What exactly is a dental implant?
Comprising of three parts – The post (or implant), the abutment, and the crown they work together to act as a permanent replacement for missing teeth. The implant itself is made from titanium and has many properties. Aside from the fact that it’s incredibly lightweight, yet strong and durable, it also has the ability to attract bone tissue. This is vital as when the implant is placed into the jaw, a process known as osseointegration starts to take place where the surrounding bone tissue bonds to the implant to create a strong platform. This makes it a permanent fixture in the mouth and stands it out from other tooth replacement counterparts such as dentures and bridges. As implants are ‘stand-alone’ then once fitted, they can be treated just as your normal teeth would.
Dental implants have the ability to save your jawbone
When we loose a tooth the surrounding bone tissue that once supported the tooth root is no longer needed. As a result it starts to waste away. Bone loss or bone resorption occurs rapidly over the first six months but can continue for many years to come. Because of the osseointegration process (as discussed above) dental implants when secured into the jaw bone have the ability to not only halt bone loss but also to regenerate new bone growth.
Age isn’t a problem
Many people are under the impression that age is an inhibitor to having dental implants. The reality is that age is no barrier whatsoever. Instead health (both oral and general) are far more important than a person’s age. In fact here at Sheen Dental we’ve fitted dental implants in Richmond to patients well into their 70’s and 80’s with no problems at all.
They’re long lasting
If you had to compare the lifespan of a denture with the possible lifespan of a well-maintained dental implant, then it could be a difference of 3-5 times as long. Because of bone shrinkage, dentures will only last so long before they have to be replaced (usually 5-10 years). Whereas in some patients implants have been proven to last forty years or more without any trouble whatsoever. In addition to this once implants are secured into place, there’s never any danger of them moving or shifting, so playing sport or exercising is no problem.
They are a long-term investment
Of course the major concern for most people thinking about having dental implants is the price. Although they’re considerably more expensive than other forms of teeth replacement (between £900 and £2500 per tooth they should be considered a long-term, hassle free investment in your oral and overall health.
If you want to find out more about how undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Richmond can change your life then contact Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 and speak with our experienced team. Alternatively, visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk and book yourself a free, no-obligation consultation, where you can get all your concerns and questions answered, allowing you to make an informed decision.