Who Can Have Dental Implants and Why Consider This Treatment?

Anyone missing teeth will be interested in finding out the best way to replace them and dental implants are a very popular option. They have now been safely used for decades and the technology to make and place them is extremely advanced, providing a long-term and sometimes permanent solution for tooth loss. Dental implants in Watton are very versatile and while excellent for replacing single teeth, can also be used to restore multiple teeth, including complete arches. This technology has already helped many people enjoy the sensation of having teeth that look great and which function properly.

Who Can Have Dental Implants?

dental implants in wattonOne of the nice things about dental implants is that they are suitable for the majority of people investigating this treatment. Here at Clarence House Dental Care we often see patients who are concerned they may be too old for this treatment. This is highly unlikely to be the case and in fact dental implants can be extremely good for people who have lost multiple teeth and who perhaps currently struggle with ill-fitting full dentures. The main thing to bear in mind about dental implants is that you need to have reasonable dental health. This means you shouldn’t have any existing problems such as untreated gum disease or tooth decay.

If you do have any dental disease then our Watton dentist can provide treatment for you prior to having this procedure. It is also important that you have reasonable general health. The reason for this is that dental implants do need to heal and integrate with your jawbone, a process that can take several months to complete. If you have any general health issues that affect healing, for example diabetes which is poorly controlled, then it’s possible you may be better off picking another solution for replacing missing teeth. Another factor that can impact the success of dental implants is smoking and it is strongly recommended that you give up this habit before having dental implants and certainly while they heal, and preferably for good.

Why Choose This Treatment?

Most people will choose to have dental implants because it offers a reliable way to replace missing teeth and the results can look amazingly natural. However there is another reason why you should consider having dental implants and that is because it can protect your jawbone. When natural teeth are extracted the jawbone begins to recede and is gradually reabsorbed by the body. By artificially replacing the tooth root with an implant post, this effect is halted, protecting your jawbone. This will also help any remaining natural teeth as jawbone loss can stabilise them and may lead to them shifting position which in turn would affect your bite.

We think dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth but they aren’t suitable for everybody. Our Watton dentist will always give an honest opinion as to whether this treatment is the best solution for you and can answer any questions you may have about this procedure. If you’re interested in finding more about dental implants in Watton then please give us a call on 01953 882777 to book an initial consultation.

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