Have you lost one or more of your teeth? Dental implants may be one of the options you are considering to replace them. Here at Capital Dental in Twickenham, we always recommend replacing missing teeth – not just for aesthetic reasons, but also for dental and general health benefits. If you don’t replace missing teeth your remaining teeth may become crooked as they move into any gaps, making them more difficult to clean. You may also find that your diet is restricted to soft foods, particularly if several or all your teeth are missing.
Dental implants are a common way to replace missing teeth. We understand that this is a big decision and that you may have some questions about implants. Here, we have gathered some common patient questions – if you can’t find an answer to yours, please get in touch with our Twickenham practice and we will be happy to help you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws used to replace the root portion of a tooth. They are placed in the jaw bone by your dentist in a minor operation, which is carried out at our Twickenham practice. They can then provide firm support for new teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridge.
Is everybody suitable for implant treatment?
More patients than ever before are benefitting from treatment with dental implants. In the past, those who had experienced bone loss (particularly those who have worn traditional dentures for some years) may have been told they do not have enough bone density for implants. However, we can now carry out bone grafts or sinus lifts at our Twickenham clinic to rebuild your bone.
Can I have new teeth straight away?
In some cases it is possible to replace a full arch of teeth with implants and restorations in one appointment. In other cases, a healing period is advised first – your dentist will discuss these options with you.