Factors which may contribute to a decision about implant placement.
At the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, we believe that dental implants are the best solution available for anyone wishing to replace a missing tooth. Offering a level of strength and stability that other solutions such as dentures and bridges can’t, implants are rapidly becoming the first choice for many people.
Whilst most patients are able to have dental implants placed, there are circumstances which may mean a prior procedure is necessary, or that a patient will need to make a lifestyle change in order for implants to be a practical solution for them.
A patient who has been missing a tooth for some time, may well lack sufficient bone structure into which the implant can be placed. A firm foundation in the jaw is needed to place a dental implant, so it may be necessary to have a bone graft or sinus lift before the procedure takes place. X-rays and scans at our Epsom dental practice will determine whether you will need either of these procedures, or are suitable to proceed without any upfront treatments.
Threats to the longevity of dental implants
Whilst dental implants are easy to look after once placed, there are a number of post-placement factors that determine how healthy they are likely to remain. So whilst implants are ideal for many patients, others may seek a different solution.
- Good tooth cleaning regimen – To have healthy dental implants, a good teeth cleaning regimen is essential. Not only should you brush regularly but also ensure that you floss. Both gum disease and peri-implantitis are a threat to the survival of your implants and a poor cleaning regimen may mean that they eventually fail.
- Dental phobia – Although it is possible that dental phobics will opt for a non invasive solution for missing teeth, such as dentures; sedation does offer a way forward for implant treatment. However, if you do follow this route and have implants placed, you must also keep up your ongoing dental appointments. If you feel that you are unable to do so, then the implant option may not be for you.
- Teeth grinding – Because the initial stage following your implant placement is key to having a strong artificial tooth root; if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), the implant may be compromised. Because teeth grinding is typically done subconsciously, it may be difficult to stop. Mouth guards are available to help with this and we are happy to discuss this, or an alternative solution, with you at our Epsom dental practice.
If you would like to find out if you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant, or discuss alternative ways to replace your missing tooth, why not arrange a consultation at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, Surrey by calling us on 01372 720136.