Teeth can be lost for a number of reasons. They can be lost due to decay or disease or as the result of a sporting accident of car crash. Not only do missing teeth look very unsightly in the mouth but they are also the cause of many further complications when it comes to your dental health. This is the reason why dentists always recommend that you replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
There are a number of ways to replace missing teeth with artificial substitutes which vary in price, quality and permanency. For example, dental bridges will last about ten years on average and are one of the most cost effective ways of replacing a missing tooth. Partial dentures can also be used to replace lost teeth. However, there is one way of replacing missing teeth that is by far the most sturdy and long term.
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are anchored directly into the jawbone and act as a solid base for artificial teeth. The screws are implanted surgically and left for some time to fuse with the natural tissue in the jaw. The crown is then selected to closely match the appearance of the remaining teeth.
Dental implants are not only the most solid and realistic dental replacements but they will also last a lifetime and rarely need replacing. A series of mini-implants can also be used to act as a solid base for a set of dentures. In all, a total of five mini-implants will be needed for dentures.
To find out if you are a suitable candidate for mini-implants you should make an appointment with your City of London dentist. They will assess the strength of your jaw and tell you if dental implants can work for you.