Now that you have lost some teeth, you will need to think about getting them replaced as soon as possible. These days, you have to choose between 3 different methods of tooth replacement. Dentures and fixed bridgework are the 2 older methods of tooth replacement; dental implants are the more modern way.
Dental implants have been around for a few decades now, but it is only in recent years that they have become the go-to method for tooth replacement because they have so many great benefits.
Here at Meadowbank Dental Practice in Edinburgh, Dr Girish Bharadwaj is our dental implant surgeon. He has many years’ experience in placing dental implants, and is particularly interested in methods of bone regeneration.
Why bone regeneration?
Bone regeneration is an important aspect of placing dental implants. This is because dental implants need to be anchored into a strong, dense jawbone if they are to sustain the powerful forces created during chewing. Think of your jawbone as a wall. You wouldn’t try to hang a heavy mirror off a screw set into a plasterboard wall, would you? You’d look for the strong brick or stone wall. It’s the same with dental implants.
The trouble is that when people have been missing teeth for some time, their jawbones will have deteriorated. In a process called resorption, the bone dissolves itself when the body thinks it is no longer in use. This happens when teeth are missing.
The bone can, however, be regenerated by grafting in new bone tissue. This is a treatment that is done in advance of placing the dental implants, and it needs time for the new bone tissue to integrate, so patience is required.
Once the bone has regenerated, the dental implants can be installed. This procedure takes place under local anaesthetic. The bone then fuses with the titanium implant over a number of weeks. It is only when the 2 have fused together that you can get going with the chewing. But then, you will be able to eat whatever you like again.
To find out more about dental implants, why not come in for a consultation?