The Truth About Replacing Lost Teeth with Dental Implants

a woman checking her dental implants by looking at a mirrorAge, lifestyle, hygiene, genes, disease — there are many reasons one can lose their teeth. What would you do if it happens to you?

One of your options is to get dental implants in London from dental professionals such as UltraSmile.

How Implants Work

Your dentist will make measurements and impressions of your mouth to produce the implants and the teeth replacements. When the implants — typically made with titanium — are ready, your dentist will schedule you for the treatment.

They will place the implants through the gums and into the jawbone in the gap where your natural tooth or teeth used to be. Healing time means waiting for the jawbone to fuse with the implants.

Osseointegration, or the process of bone ultimately fusing with the implants, means your dentist is not only replacing your lost teeth; they are also replacing the lost roots, which are vital for the sturdy and complete placement of your teeth replacements and for maintaining stimulation to the bone to keep it from regressing.

Why Implants are Better

In the days before implants became available, people usually had to make do with dentures. Dentures can be removable or permanent.

They do not have a replacement for the teeth roots, though, so they do not provide stimulation to the bone, can be less stable, and may need adhesive or a way to connect them to the gum by ‘hooking’ them with your remaining teeth, which can eventually become damaged.

Many people complain of embarrassing situations caused by their dentures slipping, clicking or falling out. When you look at someone who wears dentures, chances are you can tell.

Implants, on the other hand, look like natural teeth. They do not cause any damage to neighbouring natural teeth. Your jawbone is stimulated, so it is less likely to lose mass. The presence of a permanent replacement keeps the natural teeth from shifting or becoming crooked.

Do not allow lost teeth to be a lifelong problem. It is unhealthy, and it may affect your quality of life. See your dentist about implants.