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A guide to dental implants – a permanent solution to tooth loss

October 31, 2016

Dental implants give the most stable, long-term solution to tooth loss. At Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham we offer a range of implant treatments from a highly skilled team, who can permanently replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth with the help of implants.

Unlike standard dentures or bridges, which only replace the crowns of the teeth, dental implants replace the tooth roots. This is important to keeping your jaw bone strong and healthy, as well as making sure your teeth function properly.

Because dental implants act as replacement tooth roots, they help to prevent these problems. At our Farnham clinic we can use dental implants to support your dentures, as well as in conjunction with either a fixed dental bridge or a single crown.

Most people at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham only need local anaesthetic for the placement of dental implants. In some cases of full-arch restoration, it is possible to use a procedure called Immediate Teeth, which sees both dental implants and functional new teeth placed at the same appointment. That means that you can start using them right away.

Immediate Teeth isn’t suitable in every case of full-arch restoration, and your dentist will discuss this with you during your initial consultation at our Farnham clinic.

As well as stabilising dentures and using Immediate Teeth, a fixed dental bridge can also be used in cases of full-arch restoration. This sees a series of implants placed and left to heal for a few months, after which a permanent bridge is attached. Using fixed bridgework is the most stable option for replacing all of your natural teeth in the long-term.

Just like the natural teeth they replaced, dental implants and the teeth attached to them require good oral hygiene. Particularly if gum disease played a role in your original tooth loss, you will need to keep a close eye out for symptoms, because gum disease can cause serious problems for dental implants.

Should you spot anything suspicious at any stage of implant treatment, you should report to your Farnham dentist straight away to get it checked out.

Click to download our free guide and find out how dental implants could change your life.

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