Dental implants are the best way of replacing teeth that are either completely missing, or which have such significant damage that replacing the entire tooth is a less invasive option than trying to restore it.
Oftentimes, they are the most cosmetically pleasing tooth replacement option.
So if you are embarrassed about gaps in your smile, have certain teeth that you avoid chewing with, or are sick of uncomfortable dentures, dental implants may be an ideal solution for you.
In fact many of our patients say that they forget that they have lost their natural teeth.
“Having two tooth implants was my introduction to 92 Dental. A good experience. The staff are all very friendly, and the treatment was superb. Everybody answers questions, which pleases me. I am delighted with my two new teeth, and am happily eating apples and raw carrots again.”
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There are usually three reasons why we place implants.
If you have multiple teeth that you would like to replace then we can perform more than one implant placement at a time.
A dental implant looks and functions exactly like an actual tooth because it is designed in the same way as your natural tooth is.
This means that your newly created tooth is attached to your jaw via a titanium root that implanted into the jawbone itself.
Over a couple of months, your bone grows around the implanted root, holding it in place in a very similar way that your natural teeth are secured in the mouth.
This process only happens correctly if you use sterile titanium to create the implanted root.
Sterile titanium is biocompatible, meaning that bone treats it as native tissue and grows around it, cementing your implant in place.
This process is called “osseointegration” and takes at least couple of months. The phenomenon is backed by decades of clinical evidence.
Once the root is perfectly secured in the jaw we attach an artificial tooth to the root via a finely ridged titanium abutment screw.
Do not worry about having a gap in your smile for the 2-3 months that follow your implant being placed.
We can create and fit a natural looking temporary tooth for you during this time.
Your final fixed tooth is custom made to match the shape and shade of your adjacent teeth.
This ensures that your new tooth is so natural looking that no one can tell that it is a dental implant.
This way we can ensure that your new tooth matches the shade of your newly whitened teeth.
As implants are secured in the bone under your gums, that bone needs to be of sufficient volume and condition in order to take the implant.
Certain factors can affect the quantity and quality of bone in your jaw.
If our X-rays reveal that you do not have enough bone in your jaw to reliably support implants we can grow bone in 2 ways:
We refer to both of these procedures as bone grafts.
If extra bone is required underneath the sinus, then we may need to lift your sinus in order to accommodate the extra bone. This is an additional procedure to the bone graft.
Dental implant treatment has a 98.2% success rate.
This success rate is equal across all age groups including the elderly.
That being said, there are some ways that dental implants can fail.
By far the most common cause of dental implant failure is that the bone around your implant deteriorates due to gum disease.
We reduce the likelihood of this happening in two ways:
There are other reasons why implants can fail, such as a fracture of the abutment screw or an implant screw loosening.
However, these complications are easily repaired by replacing the damaged components.
In very rare cases, an implant can fail to integrate with your bone. In these instances the procedure has to be redone
You may also experience some mild to moderate pain and swelling in the days that follow your implant surgery.
This pain should only affect the area immediately around the implant.
Usually, over the counter painkillers are enough to manage this pain, and we will also prescribe antibiotics to reduce swelling and lower the chances of infection.
If you require stronger, prescription painkillers than we can arrange that for you too.
Proper implant aftercare is essential for dental implants to last as long as possible.
It is vital that you keep the gum that surrounds the implant clean and healthy in order to prevent infection to the bone that surrounds your implant
If left untreated, this infection may cause loosening of the implant from the bone supporting it.
If you have an implant with us, we will dedicate some time in all future check-ups and hygiene appointments to monitoring and cleaning the gum that surrounds your implant.
We will also monitor the condition of the implant itself and the bone that surrounds it through regular x-rays.
Should we find infection in the gum that surrounds your implant, we can manage it accordingly through:
Any other dental problems that we discover in future check-ups will be considered in the light of how they may shorten the lifespan of your implanted tooth, and appropriate measures will be taken to minimize this impact.
In short, we appreciate the additional measures required to care for implanted teeth and will address them in every dental visit you have with us.
If you believe you may benefit from having implants please call our beloved receptionist Jenny on 020 8748 1381.