If you are missing even a single natural tooth, you should consider replacing it with a dental implant. Unlike other tooth replacement options that simply sit on the gums, dental implants are embedded into the jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.
At Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic in Farnham, dental implants are our treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth – no matter how many teeth you have lost. Dental implants are suitable for most adult patients; however, some conditions apply.
Your ability to undergo surgery and recover properly following the surgery will determine your eligibility for dental implants in Farnham. Gum disease, poor general health, smoking, uncontrolled diabetes and heart disease can seriously hinder the healing process. All these issues should be addressed and treated or managed, if possible, prior to the procedure.
Moreover, patients who clench and grind the teeth, as well as patients with misaligned teeth, may not be good candidates for dental implants, since they are at risk of damaging them.
Bone quantity and quality
Being able to have dental implants without problems also depends upon the quality and quantity of your jawbone as well as the location of your missing teeth. Missing teeth in the upper jawbone are more difficult to replace with dental implants. Since implants can only be stabilised by healthy, dense, bone, patients who lack quality bone support may not be eligible for dental implants without the help of additional surgical procedures (i.e. bone grafts).
Age and bone growth
When it comes to dental implants, age is not usually a criterion of eligibility. Dental implants are equally successful in older patients, who can continue eating, socialising and being active.
However, dental implants are not ideal for children or young adults, whose jawbones have not fully developed. If dental implants are placed in the jawbone of a young patient, they can impede the growth of their bone and stop other teeth from coming in naturally.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Farnham, please give us a call and we will book a consultation appointment for you.