Tooth loss is a very stressful experience and unfortunately it can affect people at any stage in life. Missing teeth create unattractive gaps in your smile and even lead to bone loss and further tooth loss. Luckily, modern dental technology has evolved in recent years and tooth replacement options such as dental implants are not only attractive but functional as well.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we share your concern for a beautiful and functional smile and for this reason we recommend dental implants in Harley Street. Unlike more conventional tooth replacement methods such as bridges and dentures, dental implants interact with the jawbone in an organic way and promote the growth of new bone tissue. However, is it possible to have dental implants with extensive tooth loss?
Why does bone loss matter?
Tooth loss and successive jawbone deterioration, reduces the available bone and compromises the security of your healthy teeth. This is because teeth require constant stimulation to function properly and this stimulation is caused by biting and chewing.
When tooth roots are not present anymore, the proper stimulation ceases to exist and the jawbone gradually deteriorates. Gradually, healthy teeth will start moving into the gaps created by the missing teeth and further tooth loss can occur.
If you have dental implants in Harley Street, these small titanium posts will function just like tooth roots, encouraging further stimulation between the root and the crown of the tooth and preventing additional jawbone loss.
Dental implants and extensive jawbone damage
Patients with bone loss can still obtain dental implants, even if their jawbone has weakened considerably. Bone grafting is a common procedure, but in recent years, alternative implant techniques have also be developed to make up for bone loss (such as All-on-4 and immediate loading implants). Your implant dentist will take a good look at your mouth, take x-rays of your jawbone and determine which implant procedure is ideal for your individual situation.
We are here to help you
Undergoing implant surgery with bone loss can be complicated, therefore relying on the right dentist to perform this procedure, is really important. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we have been installing dental implants for many years.