18th February 2022

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Our cheery Dental Solutions team; including Gavin, Nicola and Janet.

Are you considering dental implants? But, you’re wondering whether or not dental implants are actually right for you? If this is the case, then there are a number of factors which you should consider before making a final decision. Your current dental health, long-term goals and even your current bone structure can all impact your suitability. However, there are some factors which you can consider yourself before booking a consultation to see if this may be the right cosmetic treatment for you.

So, with that in mind, here are some of the key factors when considering dental implants and whether or not they are right for you.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth. It is implanted into the jawbone below the gum line surgically and connected to the bone there. The dental implant is not removable, it simply functions like a natural tooth or teeth (depending on your dental implant procedure). For that reason, many may be surprised to learn you ever had a missing tooth at all!

What are the Benefits?

The benefits of dental implants can be numerous, but are especially beneficial for someone who has a gap in their smile or a tooth that is failing.

Other benefits include:

  • Permanent replacement for missing teeth.
  • Natural replacement that blends perfectly with your other teeth.
  • No discomfort, as can be caused by dentures.
  • Better speech in comparison to alternatives options (i.e. dentures).
  • Improved long-term oral health.
  • Gum health can be much improved.
  • Adjacent teeth remain healthy and are less likely to glide.
  • Bone loss is prevented long-term.
  • Long-term solution that do not require adjustments.

Overall, dental implants can be a life-changing procedure for many different reasons. They ensure that your quality of life, confidence and even eating habits can be as you wish they were. For that reason, many of our patients who have had dental implants say, “Just go for it!”

Do I Need a Bone Graft?

If you are missing a tooth then there is a chance that some bone loss may have occurred. For that reason, bone can be added to help improve the bone volume in that area. Bone density can impact the success rate of any implant. For that reason, you may be required to have bone graft prior to your implant treatment or seek an alternative method such as a zygomatic implant. Bone grafts nowadays for dental implants use artificial bone from a packet which comprises sterile bovine bone substitute.

How Long Do Implants Last?

With a properly maintained dental hygiene routine, your dental implants can last for many years. Smoking has a detrimental effect on the life of an implant and we would always advocate that you do not smoke, especially with dental implants. Based on usual wear and tear, and a careful dental hygiene regimen, you can expect an average life of at least 15 years if you are a non smoker.

Book an Appointment

So, is a dental implant right for you? The only way to know for sure is to book an appointment today and speak to our specialist team of implant practitioners. Book your free consultation today via the form or call the team now on 01925 756565.

We also run regular Implant Open Evenings here at the Dental Solutions practice. So, if you do have any questions, why not pop along for a relaxed evening with no unnecessary pressure – only the answers you need to make an informed decision! We’ll even provide you with refreshments!

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