Whether a tooth has been lost via natural causes or through accidental damage, you have most likely been introduced to the idea of dental implants. This particular innovative tooth replacement procedure uses a small screw constructed out of titanium to create an artificial but sturdy root for the replenished tooth. Whilst some treatments use special cement paste to secure the teeth into place, this small screw is drilled into the jawbone, the bone then regenerates around the screw, cementing it naturally into position.
This may read like the perfect solution for you but it is important to spend time considering your options and asking the important questions. With this in mind, some of the more common questions have been addressed below.
A costly procedure?
When searching for a more cosmetically appealing treatment or procedure the cost of the option can deter people. However, it is important to discuss the options with the dentist St John’s Wood as depending on the dental practice, more often than not, there are finance plans available including spreading the cost and 0% finance options. Having financial support can make all the difference no matter your income.
Is this suitable for any tooth loss?
Whilst it does not matter whether the tooth loss was accidental or a natural occurrence, the implants are only effective on those with a good level of oral hygiene and sufficient bone depth. In order to discover whether this procedure would be the most suitable for you, the dental team would carry out a physical examination of the teeth, mouth and gums along with x-rays and potentially digital scans to assess the situation. The current state of your oral health, along with previous medical history will all impact the decision as it relies heavily on the jawbone being able to regenerate effectively to secure the implant in place.
If the jawbone is not sufficient, can anything be done?
If during the consultation process it becomes clear that the jawbone is insufficient in-depth, a series of options may be discussed with you. This does always depend on your individual case so it is important to bear this in mind. For standard cases, it may be that a bone graft, whether synthetic or natural, can be put in place to create more depth to the jawbone. If using the natural bone, which is often the preferred choice due to the healing ability, it can be taken from a variety of places within the body including the cheek. Should this option be available to you, your dental team will discuss it with you.
Is it one implant per tooth?
If facing tooth loss on a larger scale, it is possible to have one implant per two teeth. One titanium screw can act as the artificial root to both teeth without compromising the jawbone further. This naturally only works if the tooth loss sits next to each other.
In order to get your questions answered, or to delve deeper into the above questions, contact your dental team to open up discussions on the possibility of dental implants.