Modern Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants in Southampton

a dental implantGetting teeth replaced used to be an unsatisfactory process for most people. Once teeth were lost, the replacements were never going to be as good to use or to look at as the real thing. That is until dental implants in Southampton came along and offered benefits that previous methods could only dream about.

Dental implants in Southampton work just like real teeth and are available from various dentists, including Smilemakers Dental Implant Clinic. Although they have been around for more than 30 years, dental implants continue to be innovative as dentists around the world come up with new ways to use them and ways to make them more available to more people.

A good jawbone

What dental implants in Southampton need are a good jawbone, one that is strong enough and dense enough to be able to withstand the powerful, multi-directional forces created when people bite and chew. It’s no good putting dental implants into a bone that has deteriorated, it would be like hanging a swing off plasterboard.

So, dentists take x-rays and scans during the initial consultation to determine the condition of the jawbone and if it is not in great shape, they can offer ways to improve it, such as bone grafts and sinus lifts.

Getting dental implants inserted

All it takes is one session under local anaesthetic for implants to be inserted. The dentist carefully drills an artificial socket, avoiding blood vessels and nerves, and widens it gently to make it big enough to take the implant. The tapered titanium screw or post is put in place, the gum covered up and the patient goes away for a few weeks while the jawbone integrates with the implant, growing new bone tissue all around it. Some people opt to have same-day teeth, when they leave with crowns already on the implants. Either way, it will be several weeks before the implants can be properly used for chewing and biting.

The crowns

These are made of dental porcelain to blend in with any remaining teeth. One implant can take up to 3 crowns on a bridge, and entire arch can be placed using only 4-6 implants.