Advantages of tooth replacement with our dentist in Clapham
It is very important that you replace missing teeth sooner rather than later to avoid the many complications and consequences that occur as a result of tooth loss. If we look after our teeth properly then they will last for the whole of our lives. However, unfortunately, in most cases adults lose at least one tooth through the course of life, whilst many patients are left edentulous, which means they have no natural teeth at all. Our dentist in Clapham prefers dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are a durable solution and once in place they can last for an exceedingly long time if not for a lifetime. You can replace your missing tooth or teeth with a crown, a set of partial dentures or full dentures depending on your personal requirements. Dental implants have significant advantages over other restorative dental treatments, which is why our dentist in Clapham recommends that patients of all ages try to replace their missing teeth with dental implants. This solution is preferred by younger patients, whilst older patients prefer a more simple replacement option, for example dentures. Dentures were used for many years and can still be seen commonly in elderly patients. In this modern era where patients are looking for pleasing aesthetics, convenience and discretion at the same time, dentures can also be held in place with dental implants for a more secure and permanent solution.
Our dentist in Clapham can use dental implants to replace a single tooth or replace multiple teeth using a set of dental implant retained dentures. One of the most significant advantages of dental implants in comparison to other tooth replacement options is that they are the closest thing to natural teeth. Dental implants are suitable for those with healthy teeth and gums, however it is likely that if you have lost a tooth you are suffering from a certain number of dental health issues and these will need to be treated before you can undergo dental implant surgery.
Who cannot have dental implants?
Unfortunately, certain patients may not be eligible for dental implants, for example if you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or immunosuppression then dental implants may not be able to successfully replace your missing teeth. Patients undergoing chemotherapy or being treated for rheumatoid arthritis have to take various medications and this can limit their ability to heal. Therefore the implant may not be fixed successfully into the mouth, rather you will need to speak to our dentist and find out about alternative options. Patients who smoke will also have to quit smoking before they can replace their missing teeth with dental implants, as again smoking can also affect your body’s ability to heal. This is very important because dental implants rely on a natural healing process. This is known as osseointegration and our dentist will make sure that your body can accept the implant through osseointegration, or if not, speak to you about other tooth replacement options where necessary.
Whatever method of tooth replacement you need, it is important that this is done sooner rather than later as missing teeth can affect your daily life, and affect your health and wellbeing. Speak to our dentist today and find out about tooth replacement options.