Dealing with missing teeth no longer means resigning yourself to lifelong denture use. Dental implants provide a modern alternative, with superior stability and protection against the long-term consequences of tooth loss.
At Hertford Dental Implants in Hertford, a highly trained and experienced dentist is available to precisely fit your dental implants, restoring the structure and function of your missing teeth.
Dental implants: the basics
Dental implants are small screws made of lightweight titanium. A minor surgical procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic, is required to place them directly into the jawbone. Here they act as artificial tooth roots. Their innate ability to encourage the growth of new bone around them, ensures they are firmly secured into the jaw. This process of integration usually takes about four months. Attaching replacement teeth on top of these fully integrated implants results in a stable and reliable reconstruction of your missing teeth. This avoids the common worry experienced by denture users of replacement teeth shifting out of place.
Untreated tooth loss can cause the jawbone to shrink and the gums to recede. This can put you at risk of further tooth loss and also cause noticeable changes to your facial structure. Unlike dentures, dental implants protect against these effects.
A versatile treatment
A single dental implant can securely hold multiple replacement teeth. This means if you have lost several neighbouring teeth, less work is needed to reconstruct them. Dental implants can even be used in situations where all the teeth have been lost. For those who prefer to continue using dentures, you can still benefit from dental implants by using implant secured dentures.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Up to 98% of dental implant cases are successful. This success depends on the condition of your teeth and gums. Dental health issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, must be resolved prior to dental implant treatment. You will also need enough bone for your dental implants to take root. Procedures are available to build up your bone, ready for dental implants to be placed. In consultation with your dentist, you will be able to find out if you are ready to receive dental implant treatment.