Dental implant technology has advanced so much that, although it is a pretty invasive and complex treatment, demand is growing fast and many dentists are keen to train in dental implantology to take advantage of this.
Why Are Dental Implants So Attractive?
Well it’s a combination of many things. The first thing to consider is that it is a permanent solution for people with missing or badly damaged teeth. For many patients having dental implants at Hampshire Dental Implants, once the treatment is complete, they have better teeth than they’ve ever had. For patients who have struggled with unsuccessful dentures, the thought that they may never have to face the hassle and worry of unstable and unreliable teeth again is incredibly exciting. There are also some patients for whom dentures are not an option and dental implants are the only viable course of action.
With dental implants, a titanium screw is inserted into the jaw in the position of the missing tooth. This screw replaces the original tooth root and creates a solid base as the jawbone will grow around the screw and fuse with it. The new false tooth is then fitted onto the titanium implant. Before the implants are fitted there is a thorough consultation and bone scans are taken so the dentist can ascertain the state of the jaw.
While dentures can work perfectly for many years, modern expectations mean that anything less than perfect just isn’t good enough. So, people who have lived with dentures for a while without too many problems suddenly realise how much better dental implants would be.
Of course, dental implants are not for everyone. Once the dentist has carried out the bone scan he may decide the jaw is not in the right condition for the procedure. Patients with particularly poor oral hygiene, for example, may not be suitable. Oral hygiene is also the key to the success of dental implants. Anything less than a scrupulous and regular oral care routine will put the implants at risk of infection.
While it is not a cheap procedure, patients see it as an invaluable long-term investment in their comfort, happiness and peace of mind.