Dental implants have become a fairly mainstream procedure in modern dentistry. In the past, patients were presented with these options:
go without teeth
wear a removable denture
have a cementable bridge made.
Dental implants in Farnham have allowed for another great option, which does not cut down existing teeth and is strong and unmovable.
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that one of our dentists here at Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic will place into your jaw. Dental implants in Farnham can replace a single tooth, support a bridge, or support a denture.
They are an ideal option for people in generally good oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to gum disease, injury, fracture or decay. Dental implants are more tooth-saving than traditional crowns and bridges, since dental implants dont require the dentist to shave down healthy adjacent teeth for support.
Dental implants in Farnham fuse with the underlying bone and gum tissues in the mouth. So, there needs to be enough bone for the implant to fuse with and to support the forces created by chewing. With technique and material advances, bone grafts are now more successful than ever and can be used to enhance your natural bone. However, gum disease, diabetes or bleeding problems can cause difficulty in placement, healing and longevity of your dental implants, so these need to be controlled before implant placement.
There is also an increased risk of failure in patients who are smokers. For this reason, dental implants are often placed only after a patient has stopped smoking.
How to care for dental implants
It is recommended that you brush twice a day but it is even more beneficial to brush after every meal, if that is possible, to keep your dental implants in the best condition possible.
Flossing is also important with dental implants. Flossing can clean around the dental implants along the gum line. Just because the dental implants cannot get tooth decay it does not mean you cannot lose them.
Dental implants in Farnham should be cleaned with soft bristled toothbrushes so as not to scratch the surface. It is also important to get them checked at least once a year, along with regular professional cleaning.