6 important facts about dental implants

Published on 30/03/2020

In this month’s blog, we provide you with information regarding dental implants one of our most popular treatments to replace missing teeth. 

Here are 5 facts about dental implants that might surprise you.

1. More than 130,000 dental implants are placed in the UK every year

Dental implants are one of the fastest-growing dental procedures, with the number placed increasing year on year. By getting them, you will be joining a growing club with many satisfied members. 

2. Dental implants provide a long-lasting tooth restoration

Bridges, crowns and dentures all need to be replaced within 5 – 7 years, whereas dental implants should last for at least 10 years, provided they are properly cared for. They are not dependent on the surrounding teeth for stability and have a 98 percent success rate. 

3. Dental implants are made of 3 parts

When you decide to undergo dental implants, it will take place in three stages. First, the titanium post is implanted into your jawbone. Once this is in place, the abutment is attached to the top of the post. The abutment acts as the anchor for the final component. Finally, the uppermost part of the tooth, the part you see when you smile in the mirror, is attached — the crown, bridge or denture depending on the number of teeth to be replaced. 

4. Dental implants fuse with your bone

When it is placed in your jawbone, the titanium post that forms the base of the implant fuses with your jawbone. This is part of the reason that this type of tooth restoration is so long-lasting. You aren’t just restoring the crown part of the tooth — you’re installing a replacement of the actual tooth root. It’s the only restoration option that stimulates bone growth in your jaw.

5. They can’t get cavities

Since the dental implant itself is artificial, it can’t decay, meaning no cavities — ever. However, it’s still essential to take care of the surrounding teeth and gum tissues, brushing and flossing around the dental implant. You also should continue to see your dentist regularly for check-ups.

6. You can get dental implants at any age

There are no age restrictions for dental implants. Whenever a tooth is extracted, knocked out or damaged, this type of restoration is an option, as long as your dentist considers your jaw healthy enough to sustain it. Even if you’ve suffered jawbone loss, you can get bone grafts beforehand to prepare your mouth.

At this current time, we are only treating emergency patients in line with current Covid-19 guidelines. Therefore, if you would like to find out more about dental implants, do not hesitate to email Leigh Dental Centre on [email protected]​leighdentalcentre.​co.​uk and we will answer your queries as quickly as possible. 

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