Dental implants in Hertfordshire are a popular treatment of choice used in the replacement of missing teeth. Tooth loss can occur as a result of cavities and tooth decay, an issue which is found in the majority of adults to some degree during their lifetime, which can be resolved by regular visits to the dentist and fillings where necessary to prevent tooth loss in the future. Another major cause of tooth loss is gum disease and many studies have shown that almost half the adult population also have some form of gum disease during their lifetime and this is another issue that can be taken care of with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Whether you have experienced tooth loss as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, other dental issues or an unfortunate event which resulted in trauma to your mouth, dental implants have proven a popular and effective treatment method so speak to your dentist to find out more.
What is an implant and how does it work?
There are a few different types of dental implants available and the dentist will decide which type and size of implant is most suitable for you. The most commonly used dental implants are root form implants, a type of endosteal implant which means it is inserted into the bone of the jaw. They are shaped like the root of a tooth and are made up of the implant body, an abutment, an abutment screw and the crown. The basic procedure involves drilling a hole in the bone which is large enough to allow the implant to be inserted into the hole. The implant itself is usually made of titanium because this enables osseointegration. This is a process which results in a direct structural and functional connection between the bone and the implant, and is a natural process which may take several weeks to occur successfully. Once the dentist is satisfied that successful osseointegration has occurred and the implant is no longer mobile because new bone has formed which has locked into the implant and the implant has been fixed into your jaw, then they can attach the abutment to the implant and you are free to choose the form of tooth replacement that meets your preference or requirements.
Tooth replacement therapy
If you choose to have a crown or multiple crowns, they can either be screw retained which means a screw is fitted directly through the crown into the implant or they can be cement retained where they are attached to the abutment instead. You may decide to have a set of dentures rather than multiple crowns and this is something the dentist can recommend for you at the time. Dental implants provide stability and comfort at the same time and therefore they are a popular choice of tooth replacement therapy rather than dentures alone. Speak to your dentist today and find out more about how dental implants can help restore the aesthetics of your teeth and the functioning of your mouth so that you can smile happily and confidently again very soon.