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5 August 2016

A guide to using dental implants to replace your missing teeth

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth. At Ace Dental in Kentish Townwe can use implants to replace one, some, or all of your natural teeth, restoring both an aesthetically pleasing appearance and all the functionality of a healthy jaw.

People lose teeth for many reasons, and it is not just older people who come to our Kentish Town clinic in need of tooth replacement. Whatever your age, dental implants are often the perfect solution to tooth loss.

Advantages of dental implants

With dental implants, a dentist has a permanent way to replace any teeth you have lost. It is wrong to think of implants as replacement teeth; more accurately, they are replacement tooth roots. Placed in your jaw bone during minor oral surgery, which can be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation at our Kentish Town dental practice, implants form a strong bond with your bone during a process called osseointegration. Once this is complete, they will hold your new teeth in place with a similar strength to that of natural tooth roots.

Dental implants don’t just keep your teeth securely in your mouth, they also help to prevent the problem of bone loss, which is commonly seen in patients with several or all their natural teeth missing, including those who wear traditional dentures.

Bone loss happens when the tooth roots are missing, and can cause problems with the fit of your dentures as well as alteration to the structure of your face. Dental implants prevent all of these problems.

Kentish Town dental implants

At Ace Dental in Kentish Town we can use implants combined with either a single crown, a bridge, or dentures, to replace as many teeth as necessary. In most cases of multiple tooth replacement you won’t need as many dental implants as teeth, because a series of implants can support a full jaw of teeth in bridge or denture form.

Healing (osseointegration) of your implants takes a few months to complete, during which time your dentist may fit temporary teeth so that you won’t be left toothless.

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