The last few decades have seen significant advances in dental technology, with one of the most notable developments being dental implants. Dental implants are a stable, long lasting solution to tooth loss, which provide several advantages over traditional dentures.
At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, this modern and effective treatment is administered by a highly trained dentist. Dental implants are used to ensure you can look forward to a future of good dental health, free from the hassles of traditional dentures.
Dental implants versus dentures
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. Made from titanium crafted into small screws, they are placed directly into the jawbone. They encourage new bone growth around them, which ensures that over time they become firmly locked in place. This level of stability far outstrips that of traditional dentures, which means you needn’t worry about your replacement teeth ever shifting out of place as denture users often do. Dental implants also protect you against bone degeneration and gum recession, which often develop if tooth loss is untreated. Dentures however cannot safeguard your dental health in this way.
What to expect from the implant procedure
Dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic to ensure your treatment is pain-free. Sedation is also an option for particularly nervous dental patients. A period of healing is needed before your replacement teeth can be attached. A single dental implant can hold several replacement teeth, making this an appropriate treatment for the loss of multiple teeth as well as a single tooth. Dental implants can also be used to stabilise dentures by providing a secure base for them to be clipped onto. This allows those who prefer to use dentures the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
Are dental implants right for you?
Before undergoing dental implant treatment, a dentist will need to make sure that your teeth and gums are in good condition, and that you have enough bone to hold the dental implants in place. Modern dentistry offers various treatments to help you meet these requirements. During a consultation with a dentist, you will be able to find out what treatment plan is most appropriate for your individual circumstances.