Many people find that due to age, illness, an accident or other factors out of their control, they lose some of their natural teeth before they feel that they were ready for this change. It is widely believed and accepted that no one is ever really ready to accept such a life change and embrace losing their teeth. A dentist in Soho understands the complex range of emotions that many of their patients experience when they have been told that one or several of their teeth may need to be removed for their overall oral health and well-being.
Thankfully, there is a dependable treatment system that is designed to allow patients the feeling of freedom and completeness again by replacing teeth in a long term and reliable way. Dental implants can be used for many different cases that are presented by a range of different individuals, to become an all round and reliable choice for many oral health care professionals to recommend.
How does it work for different people?
Depending on a patient’s personal situation, the basic concept of tooth implants can be used to create a treatment plan that is perfectly suited to their case. For instance, patients who have lost a single tooth and have remaining surrounding teeth that are healthy will be provided with the traditional implant system.
A titanium metal rod is inserted into the site of the missing tooth effectively to replace the tooth root. Depending on the case a temporary or permanent crown can be immediately placed in the mouth or several weeks could occur to allow healing of the site before the crown is attached to this implant.
Individuals who have lost several teeth do not need to have several implants. A single implant can hold a bridge of up to three, or even four teeth so that there is minimal invasive surgery to take place; enabling the patient to recover faster.
Older patients, or those who use dentures can also have their dentures stabilised with this technique. Four implants are strategically placed around the mouth in order to secure a whole set of dentures both top and bottom. Many patients use this treatment plan for when their dentures begin to slip and become loose, which happens over time.
Additional and prior treatments are sometimes necessary for such patients who experience slipping dentures. Sometimes a loss of jawbone is responsible for this complaint. Dentures are unable to provide the correct kind of stimulation to the jawbone required for it to continue building and regenerating. Over time, the bone degrades and patients can find their face has a sunken look, alongside their dentures no longer fitting comfortably.
By providing patients with a bone graft or a sinus lift prior to receiving implants as a means of denture stabilisation, patients will then have an adequate amount of bone tissue in their jawbone for the titanium rod to fuse to. There are many different ways in which a patient can enjoy a better quality of life by receiving dental implants. By speaking to a qualified professional, they can understand better for themselves how this treatment can work for them.