Dental Implants – Preserving your Natural Teeth
When people come to us and enquire about a dental implant in Richmond, they often ask us about the likelihood that they’ll experience more missing teeth in the future. The good news is that if you do decide to undergo a dental implant procedure it can and will preserve the life of your remaining teeth. So how’s that possible?
Prevents further bone loss
When we experience a missing tooth or teeth, the bone tissue that once supported the tooth root is no longer stimulated, and like other bones or muscles in the body, when they’re no longer used they become weak and eventually deteriorate. When this happens in the mouth the weakened jaw bone will eventually and over time, start to undermine and weaken otherwise healthy, adjacent teeth. Sadly other forms of teeth replacement such as removable dentures or bridges won’t solve this problem and in the case of dentures may exacerbate it further. This is why dentures are continually having be adjusted and re-fitted as the jawbone changes shape.
On the contrary a dental implant can halt the bone degeneration process, by means of a natural process known as osseointegration. This is where the natural bone tissue that once supported the tooth root forms a bond with the titanium implant as they merge and fuse together. As (like the name suggests) an implant is ‘implanted’ into the jaw line to replace a missing tooth it re-stimulates the bone tissue causing it to regenerate, thus halting the process.
Offers stand-alone support
A conventional bridge relies on the support of healthy adjacent teeth either side of the gap which then has to be ground down and shaped to support the prosthetic tooth. This can weaken them making them prone to disease and decay. On the other hand by having a bridge fashioned using dental implants, they act as a stand-alone support and therefore don’t rely on any other teeth, preserving their natural state.
If preserving your remaining natural teeth is a top priority, then you should consider dental implants in Richmond as a form of permanent tooth replacement. Here at Sheen Dental we offer all potential clients a chance to have a free, no-obligation consultation where they can meet the team, view the premises and get any questions or queries answered that they might have. This way they can make an informed decision about the best course of action. Contact us today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to discuss your dental options.