Dental implants offer a viable tooth replacement option for patients who have lost one, several or all of their teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement treatments that do not interact with the jawbone, dental implants become a part of the jawbone and prevent its further deterioration. Dental implants look, feel and function just like your natural teeth and that makes them ideal for patients who have lost their chewing and biting ability because of tooth loss.
At Glenholme Dental in Basingstoke, dental implants are our treatment of choice for patients with missing teeth. Though the procedure can be more time-consuming than other procedures, as it involves preparation, minor surgery and time for healing, dental implants can greatly improve the appearance and health of your teeth and jawbone for years to come. If you are considering dental implants in Basingstoke, here is a typical breakdown of the consultation process.
Suitability, preparation and questions
Choosing to have your teeth replaced with dental implants is a big decision and something worth discussing in detail with your dentist prior to the surgery. Most patients are usually eligible for dental implants as long as they are healthy and have enough bone left in their jaw. Your dentist in Basingstoke, will ask you questions about your oral and general health, as well as your lifestyle and habits.
This is because certain conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can compromise implant treatment, if not controlled prior to the operation. Furthermore, patients who smoke are not ideal patients for dental implants, since nicotine affects healing time and can ultimately lead to implant failure.
Your dentist may take photographs and x-rays of your jawbone in order to have a good idea of your current oral health and also to determine the best position for placing the dental implants. Based on the state of your teeth and gums before the surgery, you may need to receive other dental treatments first, for example to resolve tooth decay or gum disease.
Your initial consultation is a good opportunity to ask your dentist questions about the procedure. If you are a nervous patient, you may want to discuss your sedation options.
For more information on dental implants in Basingstoke, or to book your consultation appointment, please contact our practice today.