Although we tend to think of implants as the replacement teeth we see, an implant is a finely engineered titanium screw, surgically fitted to create an artificial root.
The important point about implants is that they are designed to replicate nature. The titanium screw fuses with your jawbone in a similar way to a natural root, a true, potentially lifetime replacement.
A post (often called an abutment) is added once the implant integrates. An individually tailored, ceramic crown then fitted on top, to replace the missing tooth, more than one tooth, or an entire set.
The Value Of Implants
Unlike a normal, dental bridge, adjacent teeth do not have to be “damaged” to provide support. Dental implants do not affect adjacent teeth, except in a positive way, by improving stability of your jawbone.
When a tooth, or teeth are lost, the bone they sat in can erode. With a fused dental implant is place, the bone remains healthier and stable, in the same way as with a natural tooth.
Practical advantages are equally vital. Comfort and a natural cosmetic appearance, enjoying a varied diet, avoiding speech problems, a better sense of taste due to normal exposure of soft tissue.
Dental implants are a revolution in dentistry, the nearest we can get to matching nature and suitable for a wide variety of situations.
Implants In Practice
As a London maxillofacial clinic, we help with complex facial reconstruction, following damage, disease, or accident of birth. Restoring dental function can often be part of this and implants play a versatile role.
The same level of care and expertise is offered to replace a single tooth, or a small group, missing through a mishap, or decay. Even if all, or many of your teeth have been lost, solutions are available.
Multiple implants can be used to support bridgework. A removable denture can be supported by implants, or a screw retained fixed denture, which your dentist will remove at intervals for in depth cleaning.
Diagnosis & Planning
An appointment will be arranged with a consultant maxillofacial surgeon, for what in a sense is the key part of the implant process.
Getting this detailed evaluation right is the foundation of good implant work. A full examination, x-rays, discussion on your medical history and wishes all play a part, as will the knowledge and skill of your consultant.
They will be positive, yet realistic. Fully assessing the condition of bone and whether augmentation, or bone grafts are required. Considering medical and lifestyle factors, treatment needed for other dental conditions.
Dental implants are an ongoing pleasure when the right plan has been detailed, followed and carried out with care. Providing safe harbour for the fine quality implants we use.
Dental Implant Treatment
Putting your plan into action can be carried out under local, or general anaesthetic, depending on the individual case and your wishes. Healing and integration phases during treatment normally mean this happens in stages.
They should again be planned to match your case, a complete treatment schedule will be provided following your consultation and evaluation.
The process is not generally too long and soon, your single crown, several crowns, or a full set of teeth will be firmly in place. Individually created for you, although final checks for shade and ideal bite are made.
The transformation is remarkable and you will be able to look after your teeth in a quite normal way. After care still makes sense, regular dental visits for cleaning and maintenance, as with any teeth.
If you are at the earlier part of the process and thinking about dental implants, see how implants work, or get in touch with our London clinic. You will be made welcome, within an ethos which treats every patient as an individual.