Just like most organs and body parts, teeth are directly related to the health and well-being of the human body. When they are healthy, patients are less likely to experience dental problems. However, missing or badly decayed teeth can affect a person’s bite, chewing ability as well as their overall quality of life. Moreover, missing teeth can cause jaw problems and jawbone loss. In some cases, missing teeth that have not been replaced can also lead to further tooth loss.
While there are quite a few options available, when it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants offer a viable and permanent solution. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants actually fuse to the jawbone and provide a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like regular teeth. For patients interested in dental implants in Soho, a dentist such as those at PS Dental Care can offer valuable information on the implant procedure and determine the eligibility of each patient for dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts which are surgically inserted into the jawbone with a small incision. Once they are carefully attached to the bone tissue, a dentist in Soho will leave them to heal for a few weeks until they have successfully fused to the jawbone. Dental implants have the unique ability to attach themselves to the jawbone because titanium is highly compatible with the human body and does not corrode over time. Once the dental implants have completely healed, a dentist in Soho will attach the replacement teeth directly onto them. Replacement teeth can take the form of crowns, bridges or dentures.
Are dental implants painful?
When it comes to dental implants, pain is the most common concern among people who are thinking of having them. When carried out by an experienced dentist in Soho, dental implants are very easy to place and do not cause any pain or discomfort to the patients. Regular implant operations are carried out under local anaesthetic, however, nervous patients can opt for sedation options, including oral sedation or IV (intravenous) sedation.