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At All Smiles Dental in Bromley, we understand that dental implants are a big decision – and one that could possibly change your life. Dental implants have rapidly become an effective tooth replacement option among dentists and patients due to their natural appearance and long-term health benefits. Yet, dental implants may not be the right treatment for everyone. There are several lifestyle and oral health considerations that can influence your decision to proceed with implant surgery.

Our experienced dentists can help you determine whether dental implants are ideal for you. They can perform a thorough examination and evaluation in order to discover whether or not you have medical concerns that would need to be addressed prior to your implant surgery.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts, surgically embedded into your jawbone, essentially replacing your natural tooth roots. Once fixed into your jaw, the bone and surrounding tissue will grow around them and incorporate them. This is a complex process know as osseointegration and it’s what makes dental implants so effective compared to other tooth replacement treatments. Dental implants serve as the base for the replacement of one or several missing teeth.

Risk factors for dental implants

Generally speaking, everyone is a possible candidate for dental implants, however, some factors may temporarily preclude you from implant surgery. Bone health is probably the most important condition for successful dental implants. The jawbone must be fully matured and have sufficient health and density to fuse with the dental implants. However, if you have moderate or advanced bone loss, you may still be eligible for dental implants – bone grafting could be the solution for you.

The health of your gums also plays an important role in the success of your dental implants. Gum disease can result in gum inflammation, sensitivity, gum recession as well as the loss of bone. These conditions are not ideal for your new dental implants and your dentist will suggest treating your active gum disease before proceeding to implant surgery.

Finally, another factor that could hinder the success of your dental implants is certain lifestyle choices including smoking and bad oral habits. Smoking has been linked with gum disease and can lead to implant failure, whereas neglecting to brush and floss your teeth can also increase the likelihood of failure.

Get in touch today to see if dental implants are suitable for you.