Dental implants are a great solution to missing teeth and can restore form and function to your smile, but we understand they can represent quite the investment. If you’re doing a little background reading, have been considering implants but need some guidance, or are just plain curious, then hopefully these 5 questions and answers can shed some light on the world of benefits dental implants promise!
Will my dental implants look natural?
This is a common concern about dental implants. Nobody wants one gleaming, artificially white tooth in amongst a mouth full of normal-coloured teeth, and we can assure you that your dental implant won’t look like that with us! We craft your dental implant to not only be the same size and shape as your existing teeth, but also the same colour, so nobody need know you had treatment. We won’t tell if you don’t.
How are they placed in the mouth?
After your initial and in-depth consultation, our specialist dentist Andreas Jahnigen will place your implants in a separate appointment. Your implants will come in two parts: the root, and the implant crown. We will place your root first, which will fuse to your jaw bone over time to provide a strong and stable foundation for your tooth replacement. The second stage involves fitting the crown, which is the part of the implant that resembles the tooth. This procedure is similar for implant-retained dentures, where multiple roots are placed, and a denture fixed onto them with the crowns already attached.
What are dental implants made of?
Your teeth need to be able to withstand pressure from chewing, biting, and any general wear and tear, so of course you need your implants to be strong and sturdy. Your root will be made of titanium which ensures a stable and reliable foundation for the crown. Your implant crown will be made of a solid porcelain, which is not only strong but offers excellent cosmetic results, too.
Can dental implants shift and move?
The best thing about dental implants is that they are designed to be permanent. They are fixed into the jaw and will gradually fuse to the bone, so no they will not shift like traditional dentures do. They feel and function exactly like real teeth, so you don’t need to worry about their movement. They will, of course, encounter damage like your natural teeth if you don’t brush, floss, and attend regular dentist appointments, but as long as you look after them they should last you a lifetime!
Will dental implants stop bone loss?
Here comes the science part. Our teeth send signals to our jaw bone that they’re still intact and in use, so our jaw can continue to turn over new tissue to keep them healthy. So, when you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, the affected part of the jaw bone doesn’t receive stimuli to produce new tissue. Without tissue turnover, this part of the jaw falls into disuse, and you could lose as much as 25% of your bone density in 12 months! When you replace this tooth with a dental implant, the pressure of it stimulates the jaw to keep working and creating new tissue, so your dental implant can keep your jaw in the best working order.
We hope these questions have shed some light on dental implants and their many benefits! If there is anything more you would like to know, whether they be further questions about placement or regarding your own suitability, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Contact a friendly member of staff at our Clapham practice on 020 7622 5333 or enquire online today.