If you have lost one or all of your teeth, we have a solution for you at Orpington Dental Care. In Orpington, dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth permanently.
Implants are considered the closest thing to growing a new natural tooth in place of your missing one. This is because implants act as a substitute for a natural tooth root.
Dental implants can even support existing dentures, making them much more usable and adding a whole new realm of practicality to often troublesome dentures.
Dental implant procedure
Getting dental implants requires a minor surgical procedure. During this procedure, a titanium screw is inserted into the patient’s jaw. To allow this screw to be attached firmly, a small hole will need to be drilled into the patient’s jawbone.
The aim is for the screw to have as much contact with the natural bone as possible. This will allow the bone to integrate with the screw more easily, creating a stable anchor for whichever attachment is appropriate to complete the patient’s smile.
The implant usually takes two to six months to heal and integrate into the jawbone. Once the implant is strong and stable it can last the patient a lifetime.
Multiple missing teeth?
In Orpington, dental implants can replace a single missing tooth by the addition of a crown to the implant. This crown is custom-made to fit your smile perfectly so that no one can tell it’s not a real tooth.
If you have lost multiple teeth then a dental implant can support what is known as a bridge. Bridges bridge the gap between missing teeth. One single dental implant can support anything up to three false teeth in a row.
Another great application of dental implants is the stabilisation of dentures. If you have been a denture user for a long time or if you are new to the world of dentures, dental implants can be used to attach dentures firmly in your mouth.
This means you can do away with denture adhesives for the rest of your life and get more chewing power out of your dentures. This versatility and permanence make dental implants a preferable treatment for missing teeth.