Many patients may worry that, when they are referred to a different dentist, there is something wrong. This isn’t usually the case at all. There are a few different reasons why you may be referred to a specialist like Dr Joe Bhat.
If you are seeking dental implants and your regular dentist isn’t qualified to insert dental implants, you may be referred to an outside specialist. Over 300 dentists refer to Dr Joe Bhat.
Another reason for being referred is if your case is more complex than your regular dentist is capable of dealing with. Dr Bhat is an extremely experienced dental implantologist and can handle the most complex cases around.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants
If you have lost a single tooth or all of your teeth, you can benefit from dental implants. Implants function like artificial tooth roots, allowing for appliances to be fitted firmly into your mouth.
Dental implants can even be used to stop dentures sliding around, allowing for much more practicality than is usually available from dentures.
Having dental implants inserted requires a minor surgical procedure in which a small hole is created in your jawbone. This procedure is done under local anaesthetic and you can also have sedation if you are nervous.
When the hole is created, the implant screw can be fixed into your jawbone. The aim is for the metal of the screw and bone to have as much contact as possible to aid integration.
After a healing period, your implant will be ready to support a false tooth, bridge or dentures.
Dental implants preserve natural teeth
If you have a gap in your smile, dentists will always advise that you should consider your tooth replacement options as soon as possible. This is because over time your jawbone will begin to change shape.
Your gums are also likely to change shape and recede, creating problems for the surrounding teeth. Your remaining teeth can be pulled into the gap left behind by the missing tooth, causing further problems.
Dental implants can stop this, and protect your remaining teeth, ensuring your smile lasts for years to come.