For patients who have lost teeth and are looking for an artificial dental substitute, the most realistic and sturdy option is a dental implant. This takes the form of a screw implanted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for a dental crown. This provides a more authentic level of rigidity when compared with other dental substitutes.
Losing a tooth, either from a head trauma or as the result of tooth decay can be a painful and embarrassing experience. A missing tooth can cause patients to be reluctant too smile or make eye contact and could be the underlying cause of a loss of confidence. But a missing tooth also has more long-term physical consequences. AA build up of bacteria can occur in the hollow left by the tooth. This hollow is difficult to clean and can lead to unpleasant infection sin the mouth. Vacant space in the dental arc can also encourage the remaining teeth to shift about and lean. This can cause painful jaw conditions called TMJs and lead to unpleasant and sub-conscious teeth grinding, also known as bruxism.
Therefore, it is important to replace missing teeth for physical reasons as well as cosmetic. There are other dental substitutes available such as partial dentures and dental bridges but many patients find that these do not provide the necessary degree of stability. Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular with both dentists and patients as a long-term solution to a missing tooth.
The procedure is usually carried out in three visits to the dentist. During the first visit the dentist will implant the screw, usually made of titanium or other non-harmful and strong metal, into the jawbone using a drill. Once in place this will be left for several weeks to fuse with bone and tissue in a process called osseointergration. Once the screw is firm enough, the dentist attaches a post and temporary crown. The final visit will be the fitting of the permanent crown.
Dental implants are as close to real teeth as are available. Because the root of the implant is secured to the jawbone like a real tooth, it acts and feels like a real tooth. If you have a missing tooth or are looking to replace an earlier dental substitute, make an appointment to see a London W1 dentist.