Dental implants in Glasgow are a great option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post which is surgically placed into the cavity of the missing tooth. This is then left for a couple of months in which time the surrounding bone and soft tissue grows over the post to keep it secure and to make it strong enough to support a false tooth. It also means that it is a permanent fixture in the mouth, which if cared for properly has the potential to last well over 25 years. While dental implants are an effective solution for tooth replacement, not everyone is suited to them. So to know whether or not you could be eligible, let’s take a look at some of the factors which you need to possess.
- Good bone density – Because implants are placed into the jawbone there needs to be sufficient width and depth of bone to cover the implant and hold it securely in place. If this isn’t the case, then sometimes a dentist in Glasgow can perform a bone graft which gives more volume to the bone.
- Good gums – Although dental implants can’t decay like natural teeth, they are vulnerable to attack from peri-implantitis. This is a disease which can attack the gum area surrounding the implant, undermine the bone, and cause the implant to loosen and fall out.
- Good oral health – This ties in with having good gums as mentioned above, but it’s also vital that a patient maintains a high level of oral hygiene throughout their life or their dental implants can fail, whether this is six months down the line or six years later.
- Patience – Apart from the oral aspects of dental implants, a patient needs to understand that dental implants aren’t a quick fix solution and treatment time can take up to nine months or longer, depending on how fast a patient heals at the various stages of the implant treatment. Should a patient require a bone graft then they will have to wait for that to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone before an implant can be placed, extending the time of the treatment even more.
- Other factors – There are other factors which affect the suitability of a person for dental implants. For example non-smokers are preferred (or those who can stop smoking for the duration of their treatment) since smoking can impact on dental implant treatment as it slows down the healing process and often osseointegration, where the bone fuses with the implant, fails to take place resulting in implant failure. Also candidates who have uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or who have undergone radiation treatment to the face or neck, may also be unsuitable for implants.
If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then why not take advantage of our free consultation whereby you can come and speak with Dr. Colin Gardner to find out if you’re a suitable fit for dental implants and to get any questions answered. Call Botanics Dental Care on 0141 334 3408 or book your consultation online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.