A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth consisting of a root and natural looking that is placed directly into the jaw to replace a missing tooth or teeth
A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth consisting of a root and natural looking crown that is placed directly into the jaw to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
The root is made of titanium or a titanium alloy which enables them to integrate with the surrounding bone with relative ease. The replacement tooth is made of porcelain, or special plastic (sometimes on a metal base) and it is fitted on top of the titanium root.
For appropriate cases we offer our patients flapless placement of their Dental implants. This means no incision or suture and no post-operative swelling, even in full arch cases.
The Dental Implant procedure is most commonly performed under local anaesthetic. The course of treatment from the initial placement of the implants to the time of placing the first teeth can vary from six weeks to six months depending on the complexity of the case. Oral hygiene for implants is similar to cleaning your natural teeth.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth and can be more reliable than dentures. Whilst dentures need regular upkeep, implants can be treated like natural teeth once they are in place. They can even hold up better against tooth decay, so long as the patient adheres to good oral hygiene as often as possible.
Dental implants can behave and look like a natural tooth whereas dentures and removal bridges can often become loose and unstable. Implants offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed in place, yet implants will last a lifetime. Other benefits include:
Having implants fitted does carry a few risks as it is actual surgery, which involves implanting the titanium rod into the bone of the jaw.
As with all dental care, modern techniques are quite comfortable. The initial part of fitting an implant requires surgery to insert the root. This is usually performed with a local anesthetic but you may also have sedation if preferred. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness or swelling following the procedure. For most people this is very minor and can be controlled by taking over-the counter analgesics.
Full dentures can be anchored with just a few implants. You will be able to chew more effectively and can avoid the necessity of covering the palate with a plate. This improves the enjoyment and taste of food. The dentures are still removable but they are held by a bar or magnets.
Yes, the gum surrounding the implant is the same as that around your original teeth, so gum disease could occur if your oral hygiene is lacking. You need to maintain good brushing, flossing and inter dental cleaning.
The treatment may not be appropriate for every patient and it is conditional on the satisfactory assessment being carried out. Dentist must assess the patient, obtain appropriate consent, obtain a medical history and explain all the options before carrying out any work.
Typically, the cost of a dental implant starts from £1500. To see if you are suitable for dental implant phone the reception on 020 8365 2365 to book an appointment.
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