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What makes dental implants the best solution to missing teeth?

12 July 2016

Dental implants offer a safe, modern, and predictable solution to tooth loss. At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent we can use implants, combined with crowns, a bridge, or dentures, to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.

We are always keen to stress the importance of replacing any missing teeth promptly at our Kent dental practice, and in many cases we find that dental implants are the best way to do so, not just in terms of aesthetic appearance but also for functionality and longevity.

If you are considering dental implants for tooth replacement, you may have some questions about how treatment works. Below are some common questions and answers on the subject of implants; if you can’t find an answer to your question here, please get in touch with a member of the team at our Kent clinic and we will be more than happy to help.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. They are small titanium screws or posts that your dentist places in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor operation, carried out here at our Kent clinic. After your implants have healed and meshed with your jaw bone, they provide a permanent base on to which new teeth will be attached.

Operation? Do I have to go to hospital?

No. We will place your dental implants here at our Kent clinic under local anaesthetic. Any post-operative discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers and shouldn’t last long, so you won’t need much down time.

Why are dental implants better than traditional dentures and bridges?

Implants are the only permanent way to replace your missing teeth. They are also the only replacement for tooth roots, meaning they don’t just hold your teeth firmly in place, they also help to prevent your jaw bone shrinking. This is one of the main reason traditional dentures become loose and unwieldy. The new teeth attached to implants will have similar functionality to a natural set of teeth.

Standard dental bridges rely on adjacent teeth for support. An implant-retained bridge is fully supported by dental implants.

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