Missing teeth can not only be embarrassing, but can also have a major impact on a person’s oral health. Even a single tooth loss can cause the rest of the teeth to move into the empty space, causing misalign. This misalignment can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease by offering hiding places to the bacteria. In some cases, teeth that are not replaced can also contribute to further tooth loss.
Fortunately, there are quite a few options for replacing missing teeth and dental implants are the most viable. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants interact with the jawbone and encourage the creation of new bone tissue. Dental implants in Farnham are available in specialised dental practices, including Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic.
Why use dental implants?
As already mentioned, it is really important to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth and dental implants are the most stable, secure and permanent way to do so. Dental implants are surgically fixed into the jawbone and can anchor single replacement teeth, or bridges and dentures holding a full set of replacement teeth. Because they are made of titanium, a material that is compatible with the human body, dental implants fuse with the jawbone by replacing the missing tooth roots. This way, they maintain the shape and integrity of the jawbone.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants have many benefits compared to other toot replacement options. Unlike dentures, dental implants do not become loose nor do they need to be stabilised with adhesives. Dental implants in Farnham protect the natural teeth, since they do not require grinding down neighbouring teeth, as bridges do. More importantly, dental implants prevent the jawbone from deteriorating and promote the creation of new bone tissue. Dental implants feel and operate just like natural teeth and with good oral care, they can last a lifetime.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants in Farnham?
Generally, most patients can have dental implants as long as they are over 18 years old and are in good oral and general health. Even patients with jawbone loss or other health problems can benefit from dental implants, though some restrictions may apply.