Why SW London area patients consider implants for their smiles

Over time, many things can happen to the smile. Though the natural adult teeth are intended to last a lifetime, events can occur that can result in the loss or extraction of these teeth. This may include infection, disease, trauma, or poor oral hygiene. No matter how patients have lost their natural teeth, they need to speak to a dental professional in the SW London area about restorative options available to them. Repairing the smile as soon as possible is essential to avoid the misalignment of the existing teeth and maintain the function of the smile. Eating, speaking, and smiling rely on the natural teeth to perform properly.

There is a myriad of options for patients who have experienced tooth loss and need to repair their smiles, and these include dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Dr. Etienne Potgieter of Gentle Dental Putney can work with individuals to find out which solutions are best for their specific needs and desires. For some, improvement can be made with dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium restorations that look like tiny screws. These screws, or posts, are placed into the jawbone during oral surgery, and allowed to heal. During the healing process, the bone fuses to the implant, giving it the stability it needs to function as a natural tooth once did. The dental implant is restored over the top with a dental crown, or they can be used to stabilize full dentures. The entire process can take many months, but patients find dental implants to be one of the best, most "no-fuss" solutions available for tooth replacement.

Why might patients choose dental implants over bridges and dentures? Implants have a wide range of advantages to patients which include:
  • The ability to replace a single missing tooth
  • Stability for full dentures, eliminating the need for dental adhesives
  • Value over the lifespan of the restoration
  • Permanency
  • A long-lasting solution to missing teeth
  • Strength and durability unsurpassed by alternative treatment options
  • Biocompatibility
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