Five Essential Facts About Dental Implants

Five Essential Facts About Dental Implants

Our Essex based cosmetic dentist explains some key facts about titanium implants.

One of the fastest growing cosmetic dental treatments is the use of dental implants as an alternative to dentures. Whilst dentures and bridges do offer a practical solution when a tooth has been lost, dental implants have a number of benefits over these ‘traditional’ methods, which we will take a look at below.

High Success Rate

Implant placement is a highly sophisticated procedure that requires several extra years of dental training and the success rate is now extremely high. With the use of the ‘hi tech’ equipment installed at our local Chelmsford dentist surgery, we first ensure that sufficient bone is available for the implant. Where it is not, a bone graft can take place prior to the procedure in order to build up the jawbone to a level where an implant can be placed. It is likely that the very few implants that do fail, may do so because of external factors, such as the patient refusing to stop smoking which increases the risk of infection.

Realistic

As dentists with a keen eye on on successful cosmetic outcomes, our aim is to give you the best smile possible, and this means replacing lost teeth with natural looking alternatives. The dental crowns that are attached to the implant, once fully integrated with the underlying jawbone, offer a realistic likeness to match your existing teeth in both colour and style.

Functionality

Dental implant patients have a major advantage over those who wear dentures in that they can feel entirely confident about what they are eating. With dental implants, there are no restrictions on what you can eat and the strength and realistic feel means that eating can be as pleasurable as before.

Bone retention

Many people don’t realise that when a tooth is lost, the bone in that area of the jaw starts to shrink as it no longer has to hold a tooth root in place. With both dentures and dental bridges this still happens and can lead to other teeth in that area becoming uneven. The titanium implants that we use at Blue Sky Dental act as a replacement for the natural tooth root and integrate with the bone, helping to preserve the bone structure, unlike the alternative methods.

Tooth preservation

When a dental bridge is used to replace lost teeth, the fitting usually requires the teeth either side of the gap to be shaped. Unfortunately this often happens to otherwise healthy teeth; something that we would rather avoid. With dental implants, there is no need to do this and the adjacent teeth are unaffected.

Hopefully, you find this article useful and we are always happy to discuss any aspect of dental implants with you at our Essex cosmetic dental practice. For further information or to arrange a consultation, please call the Blue Sky Dental team in Chelmsford on 01245 211070.

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