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Dental Implants

Today, most missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants. A qualified dentist, called an implantologist, should always carry out the procedure. Implants are a suitable choice for people of all ages – your dentist will be able to advise you about the suitability of this treatment.

Many of our patients in London enjoy being able to talk, smile and eat again.

An implant is an artificial tooth root, onto which an artificial tooth is placed. The artificial root is made from special biocompatible metals with your mouth’s bones and tissues. The root is attached to the jaw, and the tooth is screwed to the root. The result can be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing and many patients comment that they forget completely that these aren’t their real teeth.

Implants can also be used to replace dentures. In this instance, a set of false teeth are attached to a series of implants which hold the teeth securely in place. Patients who may have concerns about slipping dentures or find certain foods a challenge to eat with dentures may wish to consider this option. Again, many patients comment that after treatment they forget about the fact that these aren’t their real teeth.

If you are having an implant placed, your dentist will make a thorough examination of your mouth and jaw and will often take x-rays, photographs and create models to determine the optimum result before any treatment takes place. In some cases, the dentist may also require a CT scan which provides a life sized, 3-D x-ray of the teeth and jaw, to plan the implant placement. The placing of the implant is usually performed under local anaesthetic, sometimes accompanied by sedation to ensure a comfortable experience for the patient.

The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

The term dental implant refers to the cylindrical or tapered screw which, when placed in the jaw, firmly bonds with the surrounding bone, functioning in the same way to the roots of your teeth. Dental implants are not an aesthetic solution but are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. More.

Modern implants made from commercially pure, hypoallergenic titanium are extremely durable and unlikely to break or fracture. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Because dental implants don’t rely on other teeth for support, they do not require cutting, compromising the health of, adjacent natural teeth. And, when several teeth are missing, it may be impossible to place a fixed dental bridge, so two or more implants to support crowns can be used instead.

Dental implant-supported crowns look, feel and function just like your own teeth. Many patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food, thus aiding digestion. 

Further, because dental implants reduce the loss of jaw bone and gum shrinkage experienced when teeth are lost, they contribute to preserving your facial features.  So, with a dental implant or implants, your smile will look better and you’ll have more reasons to smile too.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU?

Dental implants are particularly popular with patients who do not wish to wear removable dentures. Most patients with missing teeth can be considered for dental implants although patients with inadequate jaw bone, serious health problems, and heavy drinking or smoking habits will be carefully assessed prior to being accepted for implant therapy.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

From a single tooth to a complete set of natural-looking and feeling teeth, we undertake most implants under local anaesthetic though more nervous patients can opt for sedation. In some situations, it is possible to place a crown over the implant at the time the implant is placed. Otherwise, crowns are generally fitted within three months. 

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