At our Hertford Dental Care clinic, we are not surprised by the unequalled interest patients show about dental implants Hertfordshire. The treatment remains to date the most popular method in dentistry to replace missing teeth. The answer to the question of why dental implants Hertfordshire hold such favour with dental practitioners and patients alike is a simple one – look at the many sought-after benefits tooth replacement implants offer patients.
The fact that dental implants are specially designed to replicate the precise look of natural teeth is a huge plus point. Other benefits that earn the tooth replacement device high praise is its extraordinary efficacy rate, undeniable stability and how easy it is to care for.
With so many desirable plusses to choosing dental implants Hertfordshire, it is no surprise that the treatment has become the go-to solution for missing teeth. It should be noted that not every patient who has lost natural teeth may be able to receive implants. Our well-experienced implant dentist will want to make certain of a patient’s suitability for implants, as a number of critical factors must be met for the treatment to provide long-term success.
Determining longevity of dental implants
When it comes to the longevity of the dental implant treatment, there are two forces that mainly determine the length of success of treatment: the steps taken by the implant dentist and the role played by the patient once implantation has been performed.
Let’s look at the critical role played by the implant dentist. Our highly capable implant dentist will want to ensure that the patient has adequate gum health and jawbone quality, has no medical condition that may inhibit the healing process and no lifestyle behaviours that may also threaten the success of implantation.
As part of a thorough assessment process, we will establish oral health and go over the patient’s medical history to find out how well-suited the patient is for this type of dental procedure.
Implantation is the process of inserting a metal rod or screw (that will act as an artificial tooth root) into the jawbone, this will have an abutment. It is this abutment that will anchor the dental crown to the jawbone providing the stability needed during masticatory function. It is thus important that to provide this stability, there has to be sufficient jawbone quality to hold the implant in place.
Gum health also becomes a concern as gum health also needs to be in optimal condition to support the implant. Any issue with gums must first be attended to before implant treatment can commence.
Patients will want to ensure they practise good oral hygiene after the implant procedure and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It takes a firm commitment on the behalf of the patient to implement a careful oral hygiene programme at home that will have the biggest impact on implant success over the long term. The dentist-approved guidelines of daily brushing and flossing, as well as attending regular dental maintenance appointments are non-negotiable.
We also urge patients to avoid those lifestyle choices that hold their implant treatment to ransom, such as unhealthy eating habits and smoking. Frequent consumption of sugar-heavy and acidic foods and beverages are well-known for ruining dental health and smoking interferes with blood vessels, causing obstructions in blood flow to the gums.
Want a reliable consultation with a qualified and experienced implant dentist to determine your suitability for dental implants? Give our reception desk at Hertford Dental Care a call and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.