Keep on Chewing

a dentist showing how dental implants workWhen people lose their teeth, they lose their ability to chew as well as they used to, and the more teeth they lose, the less well they chew. And this is how it would be forever, until the benefits dental implants in St John’s Wood made chewing properly possible again.

In St John’s Wood, dental implants are available from various dentists, including Aura Dental. They are increasingly popular with patients because they give back the full functionality of the teeth. Bridges can be pretty stable, but having a bridge means losing two perfectly good adjacent teeth to become the buttresses for the bridge. They get ground down to take on the buttress and can never be proper teeth again. Dentures only ever give about a quarter of the chewing power needed, and also become wobbly over time as the gums and bones they sit on recede.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are artificial roots inserted into the jawbone, where, over a period of a few weeks, mesh with the bone to become as solidly secure as a natural tooth root. This means they give back the full chewing power, and can easily cope with the average male chew.

What dental implants can do

In St John’s Wood, dental implants can be used to support a single crown, a bridge of up to three crowns or a whole arch of teeth. For a whole arch, there is a special procedure called All-On-4, which uses between four and six implants to secure the crowns. The implants are placed, two at the front, and then slightly longer implants at a 45° angle at the back of the jaw, so that they give support all along the arch.

Dental implants are initially more expensive than bridges or dentures, but they have a very high success rate and should never need to be replaced. This means that over a number of years, the cost of implants can equate to, or even beat, the cost of bridges and dentures. The latter have to be replaced every seven to 10 years. Dental implants require careful toothbrushing so that plaque does not build up around the gum line and attack the bone, causing them to loosen and fall out.