dental implantAnyone who has looked into the benefits of dental implants in Basingstoke will know that they are well worth investing in. However, getting them fitted and functional is not an overnight thing. It can take up to a year, depending on what the patient needs to have done to their jawbone to make it able to withstand the forces created by chewing.

The best way to find out about what treatment involves and how long it will take, and cost, is to go book in with a dentist such as Glenholme Dental for an initial consultation for dental implants in Basingstoke.

The Deciding Factor

The most important factor in deciding whether someone is suitable for implant surgery is the state of their jawbone. The jawbone needs to be strong and healthy in order to withstand being drilled into without cracking. It also needs to be able to withstand chewing forces, which can be as much as 97kg or 200lbs. The dentist may well take x-rays or CT scans to assess the state of the jawbone. If the patient has been missing teeth for some time, there is a very good chance that the jawbone will have started to resorb. This process sees the bone melt back in areas where there are no teeth to stimulate the production of new bone cells.

If this is the case, all is not lost. It is possible to get the jawbone to grow back by doing a bone graft. This procedure involves the introduction of bone graft material into the jawbone. The material can be taken from elsewhere in the body, such as the hip, or from an animal source. If a bone graft is carried out, the patient will have to wait some weeks or months for the bone to grow and become strong enough to receive implants.

Once the patient has had their implants inserted, there is often also another waiting period. Some weeks or months are needed for the implants, which are made of biocompatible titanium, to fuse with the bone. This creates the stable anchor on to which custom-made porcelain crowns can be fitted; this is the final stage of receiving dental implants in Basingstoke.