Tooth loss is experienced by many people, for all kinds of reasons. While it is typically associated with older people, it also affects the young as well as everyone in between. Besides old age, teeth can also be lost due to poor dental hygiene, gum disease, trauma, an accident or sporting injury. Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible not only for aesthetic purposes, but also because they can cause problems for oral health in the long run. Gaps created by missing teeth can cause healthy teeth to move around the mouth, leading to alignment problems. Missing teeth can also compromise a person’s ability to eat and speak properly. More importantly, missing teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration.
Patients suffering from tooth loss could benefit considerably from dental implants. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are stable, permanent and can replace up to an entire mouth of teeth. Dental implants in St John’s Wood are the standard of care for patients who want to restore their smile with replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. They are available in many dental practices, including Aura Dental.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically inserted into the jawbone. Typically, dental implants in St John’s Wood consist of three distinct parts: a metal post made from titanium that may look like a screw or a cylinder, an abutment that connects the post with a replacement tooth, and finally, the replacement tooth itself which can be a single crown, a denture or a bridge.
Once they are embedded into the jawbone, dental implants fuse with the bone tissue and create a permanent and sturdy base for replacement teeth. This is because titanium is compatible with the human body. After the healing period has passed, a dentist can fix the replacement teeth on top of the dental implants. This procedure can take from a few weeks to several months and in some cases it can be completed within a day.
Dental implants overcome the problems associated with bone loss thus maintaining a fuller, younger looking face. The titanium posts upon which replacement teeth rest, transfer biting forces into the jawbone and help to maintain both volume and density.