The Dental Implant Treatment Journey

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Today dental implants are considered the most reliable method to restore missing teeth. This is due to the superior stability they provide when compared with traditional dentures, as well as their ability to protect the jawbone from degenerating, which is a common occurrence following tooth loss.

After tooth loss has occurred it is important for patients to receive treatment as soon as possible. For those considering dental implants in Southampton, Expert Implants is one practice patients can visit to receive professional dental care, including implant treatment.

The consultation

Before treatment can begin, patients must be assessed for their suitability to receive dental implants in Southampton. Good dental and general health is usually required, meaning conditions such as gum disease or uncontrolled diabetes must first be addressed.

During an initial consultation a comprehensive examination of the mouth, teeth and surrounding oral tissues will be carried out. X-rays and 3D scans may also be taken to determine the health of the patient’s jawbone. This is a key part of figuring out whether dental implant treatment is likely to be successful as the implants need to be placed into a healthy jawbone.

If significant deterioration of the jawbone has already occurred, this doesn’t necessarily rule out implant treatment. Procedures such as bone grafting can increase the amount of jawbone.

The procedure

Dental implants are placed during a minor surgical procedure that is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure any discomfort is kept to a minimum. The exact placement of the implants is carefully planned prior to the procedure. A small channel is drilled into the jawbone, into which the implant is placed. After a period of healing during which time the implant integrates with the surrounding jawbone, custom-made replacement teeth can be attached on top to complete the restoration.

After care

After completing treatment with dental implants in Southampton, taking care of the implants is key to making them last a lifetime. While implants are not subject to tooth decay, poor dental health, such as gum disease, can cause them to fail. A good dental hygiene routine at home must therefore be maintained, alongside regular dental check-ups.