The road to replacement teeth

Dental Implants

Losing teeth doesn’t happen all in one go. It’s not uncommon for teenagers and young people to get one knocked out, and then later in life other teeth can fail through decay and gum disease. Every loss is a trauma, because it is the loss of an important body part. But with dental implants in Hampshire, there is a way to replace those body parts and feel like they had never left.

In Hampshire, dental implants are the only restoration method that offers patients full functionality – getting back their full chewing power and clarity of speech. Dental implants are inserted by experienced dental surgeons, such as those at Dental Implants Hampshire.

It is important that patients who lose teeth go to see an implant surgeon pretty quickly after the tooth is lost. This is because as soon as the bone in the area from which the tooth has gone stops receiving vibrations from the tooth root, it is no longer stimulated to renew itself, and instead, starts to actively resorb. The jawbone can lose as much as 25% of its size and density in the first year after the tooth is lost.

Consultation

Nearly everyone over the age of 18 (when the jawbone stops growing) can have their teeth replaced with dental implants in Hampshire, as long as the jawbone is in good condition. Finding out the condition of the jawbone is top of the list at an implant consultation.

The surgeon will need to take x-rays and scans to be able to study the bone and see if it is dense and strong enough to be able to hang onto the implant once the patient starts chewing on it. The surgeon also needs to be able to plan exactly where in the jaw, and at what angle, the implant needs to be inserted to give maximum support without interfering with blood vessels and nerves.

This is also the time to work out what sort of crowns the implants will support. A single implant can support up to three crowns, and there is a technique called All-On-4, where between four and six implants are used to support an entire arch of teeth.