Understanding the health benefits of dental implants

If you have lost one or several teeth due to injury or disease but you’d rather not replace them with a bridge or dentures, you may consider asking your dentist whether you would be eligible for dental implants. Dental implants, our treatment of choice for tooth replacement at Crofts Dental Practice in Essex, can replace your natural tooth roots permanently without causing any damage to your healthy teeth.

Unlike dentures (full or partial), dental implants provide a more natural tooth replacement option since they are integrated into the jawbone through surgery and become an organic part of the mouth. Dentures, on the other hand, simply sit on the gums and do not prevent gum recession, which is a side effect of tooth loss. As a result, dentures tend to become loose over time and require replacement.

Dental Implants in EssexBridges, another popular tooth replacement method, are also inferior to dental implants. While in the past, a bridge was the only choice available for a few missing teeth, nowadays, dental implants are stronger and permanent. Unlike bridges that require the removal of the enamel of adjacent teeth in order to remain stable, dental implants are integrated into the bone tissue, protecting the rest of your teeth.

Another important health benefit of dental implants is that they protect your oral health. If you have already lost one or more teeth, you probably don’t want to lose anymore. By integrating into the jawbone, dental implants help to keep the rest of your natural teeth in good shape. This because they prevent your natural teeth from shifting into the gaps created by your missing teeth.

Ultimately, dental implants are very important because unlike any other tooth replacement method, they help prevent bone loss. Missing teeth can cause the deterioration of the jawbone in the long run, resulting in bone loss and a ‘sunken’ look. Reduced jawbone density from gaps in your teeth will also leave you susceptible to other health problems, including infections and gum disease. Dental implants replace your natural tooth roots and help preserve your bone tissue facial structure. Surprisingly, dental implants will even encourage the growth of new bone tissue, which will help keep your teeth properly aligned and healthy.

A guide to dental implants

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way of replacing missing teeth. At Crofts Dental Practice in Essex we offer a range of implant treatment options, designed to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth. We can also offer additional procedures to help people who have already experienced bone loss, with the help of a sinus lift or bone graft.

dental-implant-essexHow dental implants work

Dental implants are the only way to replace the root portions of missing teeth. Whilst not visible in everyday life, the roots of the teeth are just as important as the crowns. As well as keeping the teeth in the mouth, they are vital to preserving the health and vitality of the jaw bone.

When several or all of the tooth roots are missing in one or both jaws, the bone will start to resorb or degenerate. This not only makes dentures loose and means dental implant treatment in the future will be more complex (although still possible) but can also alter the structure of your face and make you look old before your time.

A dental implant is a titanium tooth root that is placed directly in your jaw bone during minor oral surgery, which most people at our Essex dental clinic only require local anaesthetic for. As soon as the implants are in place, a process called osseointegration begins, which sees the implants integrate with the jaw bone.

Osseointegration takes a few months to complete, and ensures that your jaw bone is kept healthy and strong as well as making sure your new teeth stay where they should. During this healing period, your dentist may fit temporary teeth; alternatively, you might be able to continue wearing your old denture after adjustment.

Once integration is complete, you will be called back to our Essex dental clinic to have your permanent new teeth fitted. This may be a single crown to replace one missing tooth, a bridge or a denture to replace several of all of your teeth.

Whichever option is used, you will soon be enjoying all the benefits and functionality of a second set of healthy adult teeth. This includes being able to eat what you like, and speaking and smiling with renewed confidence – and no danger of loose dentures putting a dampener on things.

Could dental implants be the ideal solution to your tooth loss?

Dental implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace missing natural teeth. Replacing teeth is important for both your dental and general health; even one lost tooth can make dental hygiene harder to maintain as other teeth move into the gap, getting twisted or crooked in the process. Several or all teeth missing will negatively affect your diet, your speech, and your confidence.

Crofts Dental Practice in Essex offers a number of implant solutions, designed to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth. We believe that dental implants are, more often than not, the perfect solution to tooth loss, because as well as keeping your new teeth secure in your jaw, they also prevent the problem of bone loss.

dental-implants-essexBone loss is a common side-effect of losing several teeth. It happens because when the tooth roots are missing the jaw bone starts to resorb. This is the primary reason traditional dentures become loose, because the changing structure of the jaw bone alters the fit of your dentures.

Badly-fitting dentures can affect your diet, often restricting you to soft foods or liquids, can alter your speech and make it difficult to speak clearly, and can shatter your confidence.

Dental implants replace the root portions of lost teeth and prevent all of these problems. They are small titanium screws that are placed in the jaw bone during minor oral surgery, which most people at our Essex dental clinic only require local anaesthetic for, as it is generally considered more bearable than having a tooth extracted.

As soon as they are in place, dental implants start to integrate with the jaw bone. This takes a few months and will provide support for a crown, bridge, or denture that is akin to that of a natural tooth root, meaning your new teeth will both look and act just like the real thing.

Bone loss

Dental implants prevent bone loss, but at our Essex clinic we are able to help people who have already experienced a loss of bone density. An additional procedure – either a bone graft or a sinus lift –can be carried out prior to implant placement.