Jawbone degeneration is a common condition that can affect adults of all ages who have lost several or all of their teeth. What some people fail to understand is that a healthy mouth is linked to a healthy body. Teeth work together to provide good oral function and missing one or several can seriously affect the ability to eat, enjoy a balanced diet, and avoid dental disease. Moreover, the lack of stimulation to the jawbone due to the absence of tooth roots gradually leads to jawbone deterioration.
Unlike other tooth replacement alternatives like fixed bridges and dentures, dental implants replace missing tooth roots for a more comprehensive and permanent restorative solution to tooth loss. Dental implants in St John’s Wood are available at many dental practices, such as Aura Dental.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants in St John’s Wood are designed to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. They are ideal for replacing a single tooth, several missing teeth, or an entire upper and lower arch of teeth. They are small, titanium posts, which are surgically fitted into the jawbone.
This surgical procedure is performed at the dental practice under local anaesthesia, with sedation if needed. Once fixed into the jawbone, dental implants are left to heal for a period of time, from a few weeks to several months.
Once the jawbone has fused with the titanium of the dental implants, the implants are topped with replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures, or bridges. In some cases, dental implants can be completed from root to crown in only one visit to the dentist.
Dental Implants and Bone Loss
Our teeth consist of living bone tissue and once tooth loss occurs, the root of the teeth disappear and the jawbone deteriorates over time due to the lack of stimulation from biting, chewing, and the general contacts made between the teeth throughout the day and night.
Unlike conventional bridges and dentures that sit on the gums, dental implants are able to encourage the formation of new bone tissue within the jaw. This is because they are made of titanium, a metal that is compatible with the human body.
Once in place, dental implants strengthen the jaw and help keep remaining teeth stable and healthy.