A bone of contention

Dentist showing the patient her teeth result

Nature designed human adult teeth to last for a lifetime. But Nature didn’t account for how much sugar we now eat. Sugar is the number one culprit in tooth loss because it is what the gum disease-causing bacteria in the mouth love to feed on. In today’s world of sugary foods and drinks, it can be no surprise that three quarters of all UK adults have lost at least one tooth. Thankfully, in Farnham, dental implants, the relatively new kid on the block of tooth replacement methods, can restore the full function of lost teeth.

Dental implants in Farnham have the advantage over dentures and bridges in that they replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. This gives them much more stability and longevity than either of the other replacement methods can achieve.

Getting dental implants in Farnham is entirely dependent on the state of the patient’s jawbone and how well it is likely to heal around the implants once they are in place. An ability to heal well is paramount because the integration between implant and bone is what gives the implants their amazing ability to withstand chewing forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs.

If this does not take place, there is a good chance that the implants can become loose in their sockets and perhaps even fall out.

Making sure that the jawbone is in good condition is an important priority for dentists during the first consultation for dental implants. The dentist will almost certainly use x-rays and scans to see inside the jaw. They will be checking that the jawbone has not shrunk or lost density in the areas that no longer contain tooth roots. Once it no longer has a root in it, the area around an empty socket can lose up to 25% of its size and density in just one year, so it is important to make sure that the bone will able to sustain the implants.

Other factors that can reduce the chance of healing are having uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and being a smoker. Dentists tend to insist that the diabetes is brought under control and that the patient gives up smoking before they insert implants.