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a woman under dental implant procedureAlthough they have been on the market for about 40 years now, it is only in the last decade or so that dental implants have reached a critical mass in popularity, thanks to the many benefits they confer.

For many years, it was hard to find dental implants in Camden, but now they are available from various dental practices, including Ace Dental.

Why choose dental implants?

The reason that dental implants in Camden have now become many people’s first choice for replacement teeth is that they behave so much more like natural teeth than either fixed bridges or removable dentures.

Both the other kinds of replacement teeth sit on the gums. Dentures rely on suction to the gums for their grip and chewing power. Fixed bridges rely on buttresses fixed to healthy adjacent teeth. The trouble with dentures is that the jawbone shrinks and they become loose and wobble around and make it very hard to chew and speak. The trouble with bridges is that they require the loss of two healthy teeth to be fixed in place, as these have to be ground down to take the bridge and can never again be used as natural teeth.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are artificial tooth roots that are inserted directly into the jawbone. A single implant can support up to three teeth, and dentists are constantly coming up with innovative ways to get implants to do more. For example, there is a technique called All-on-4, which allows a full arch of teeth to be attached to just four implants. Another technique uses mini dental implants to hold dentures securely in place.

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Dental implants require minor oral surgery under local anaesthetic, and with sedation if the patient is anxious. Once the implants have healed into the jawbone in a process called osseointegration, they can withstand even the heartiest of chew, about 97kg or 200lbs. They also keep the jawbone strong and should last for the rest of the patient’s life. This means that many patients who do a cost benefit exercise are opting for dental implants in Camden because they are good value in the long-run and give them more freedom.

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