Missing teeth can cause oral health problems including bone loss, tooth alignment problems and even deterioration of your healthy teeth. While there are quite a few options available for replacing your missing teeth, dental implants offer many benefits over traditional dentures and bridges.
At Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre in Oxford, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Not only do they look natural, but they can also prevent oral health problems and improve your overall quality of life.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts, surgically fixed into the jawbone in order to replace a missing tooth root. Once healing has occurred, they are used to support a crown, bridge or dentures. Dental implants are made of pure titanium, a material that is very compatible with the human body and actually integrates with the surrounding bone, becoming a part of the body. Unlike conventional bridges, dental implants do not require grinding down of healthy teeth for their stabilisation. Once in place, they look, feel and function exactly like natural teeth, protecting the rest of your teeth and the jawbone.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Generally, most patients are eligible for dental implants as long as they are healthy and they have enough bone tissue left in their jawbone. There are some health conditions that warrant special consideration such as diabetes and heart disease, but if they are controlled prior to the procedure, there is no reason not to proceed with dental implants. Your dentist will evaluate your health history and alert you to any factors that may compromise your treatment.
Benefits of dental implants in Oxford
Unlike other tooth restoration methods that merely sit on the gums, dental implants actually replace the root of your teeth and restore your biting and chewing power. Stimulation to the jawbone is also restored preventing bone loss from occurring. Dental implants also prevent healthy teeth from moving and becoming loose, which can happen when a tooth is missing. Finally, since dental implants function just like your natural teeth, you can eat your favourite foods, and brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.