Dental implants are a treatment to replace teeth that are missing due to fracture, infection or decay. Still, we’re often asked by our patients if having dental implants can reduce the occurrence of tooth decay, gum disease or other dental related problems. Continue reading to find out more.
Maintaining dental health is an essential step toward preventing common diseases associated with the teeth. Some of the common tooth problems that affect people are gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Are dental implants a potential solution? Let’s first look at the advantages of dental implants and how they might be used to solve dental problems.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are best described as a kind of replacement tooth. Dental implants are usually fitted by a dentist that specialises in implants. Unlike other tooth replacement methods, such as bridges and dentures, dental implants are difficult to tell apart from your natural teeth.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth that can cause your gums to become swollen. Mild gum disease can be treated by brushing and flossing, but it’s always best to check with your dentist if you suspect that you might have gum disease. Severe gum disease is a much more serious issue which could eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum Disease & Dental Implants
Gum disease is thought to be a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Dental implants aren’t a technique for preventing gum disease, but you could use a dental implant to replace a tooth lost to gum disease. Of course, it’s far better to practice good dental hygiene and avoid tooth loss in the first place if possible.
Eating With Dental Implants
Dental implants allow patients to bite and chew favourite meals without worrying if the food will stick to their implants. This is because dental implants are securely fastened to your mouth and can be cleaned just like your regular teeth.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
If you do lose a tooth, it’s very important to be aware of the danger of bone loss. This is when the remaining jaw bone underneath the lost tooth withers away. This can lead to an array of potential complications, including infections. Dental implants can help to prevent bone loss. The jaw bone will fuse with the dental implant and, if everything is done correctly, the risk of bone loss is minimised. If you are worried about tooth loss or bone loss it’s always best to talk to a dentist.
Dental Implants Look Natural
It’s almost impossible to differentiate between a good dental implant and a natural tooth. After an implant is fitted, it’s carved in a manner that makes it looks exactly like an original tooth. Many people choose dental implants as they feel more confident when they can smile and display natural-looking teeth.
Dental Implants Are A Long-term Solution:
Dental implants are designed to last for a very long time, as we discuss in another blog post. With good care, a dental implant could last 25 years or longer. Alternatives to dental implants usually need to be replaced within 5 to 10 years, which makes dental implants a good long-term solution.
At Pembroke Dental, we take great pride in our dental implants. Give us a call on 01 668 3242 to arrange an initial consultation. We’ll talk you through the whole process and outline the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option.