Anyone who has lost a tooth or is about to has probably heard of dental implants. These tiny titanium miracles replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown, giving a stable and durable chewing foundation. This means that implant-supported teeth can bite into those chewy steaks and crunchy apples, and the wearer isn’t restricted to a lifetime of soft foods.
But are Southampton dental implants suitable for everyone? Anyone wanting to definitively find out if they can go ahead with implant surgery needs to go for a consultation with an implant dentist in the area, such as those at Expert Implants.
However, this article can act as background research, as we take a look at who can and who can’t have dental implants.
Southampton dental implants are suitable for a wide range of patients. Generally speaking, if someone is in good oral and general health, they will be able to have implants. The only restriction is that the patient must be aged over 18 years of age because they can only be fitted into a jawbone that has stopped growing.
If someone is experiencing dental disease such as gum disease, that needs to be treated first before implant surgery can go ahead.
Bone density is another important factor: Southampton dental implants are most suitable for those with a good level of density in the jawbone. A good level means enough for an implant to be fitted securely into, without the risk of it failing. Let’s take a look at the factors that could cause it to fail:
Those with low bone density either can’t have implants or will need additional work to build up the jaw. A bone graft or sinus lift can do this.
The cause of the low bone density can also be a factor: dental implants are more likely to fail in those that smoke or have diabetes or heart disease. This is because these factors impair the body’s ability to heal, and therefore affects whether or not the implants become integrated into the jawbone. Some dentists will ask patients to quit smoking before going ahead with implant surgery.