Nowadays, dental implants provide the best option to replace missing teeth restoring smile and function.
Tooth implants are usually special screws made of pure titanium. Others, white implants are metal free and made of zirconia. The implant is placed in the jawbone using surgical procedure, allowed to heal then a tooth (crown) is fitted to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implant is a safe procedure for the majority of patients.
The possibility of complications is reduced significantly with careful clinical and X-ray assessment with our dental implant specialist London.
However, there are certain factors related directly to the patient that could increase the risk of complications including the following:
Smoking: there are strong evidence associate smoking with increase chances of tooth implant failure and gum diseases. Heavy smokers in particular are not good candidates for dental implants. Tobacco produced chemicals hinder proper implant’s healing and may lead to implants’ failing. It is strongly recommended to quit smoking if you are considering having dental implants London.
Teeth grinding and clenching results in heavy pressure on the teeth, implants and restorations. Such heavy biting could break the implants. We recommend the regular use of protective bite guard to avoid such complications
Dental health – Gum Disease:
Healthy gums are crucial when being assessed for dental implants. Health gum and bone will serve as the structure supporting the implants. However, those who have suffered from bone loss may still have dental implants after going through advanced procedures such as a bone graft, gum graft and sinus lift London to augment the jawbone.
Systemic Diseases & Medications:
There are some conditions which may make a person unsuitable for dental implant including uncontrolled diabetes, severe immune deficiencies, connective tissue diseases, or who had radiotherapy to the implant’s area.
In additions, there are some medications that may also interfere with the success of dental implants e.g. antidepressants and blood thinning medications. Teeth implants treatment may not be the best option for those patients.
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