08 Oct

City of London dentist replaces missing tooth with dental implant

There are a number of dental procedures available to replace a missing tooth, but among the most realistic is a dental implant. Because it is anchored directly to the jawbone itself, it can offer a greater degree of stability than a dental bridge or conventional crown.
For patients with missing teeth, it can often be a great source of embarrassment that can affect self-confidence and cause self-esteem issues. This can be a significant hindrance, especially considering that smiling is one of the most effective ways of communicating emotions. A dental implant could be the answer when considering replacing a missing tooth.
The implant comes in the form of a small metal screw that is attached to the solid structure of the jaw. They are usually made from titanium or other metals of considerable strength suitable for use in the human body. It is this strength that makes them comparable to a real tooth. Dental implants have existed for some years but recent advances in technology have made them the option of choice for patients wanting to replace a missing tooth.
Once the screw is attached to the jaw it is left for approximately two weeks so that it has time to fuse with the bone and gums, in a process called osseointergration. When this has happened, the dentist will attach a post to the screw and then finally a solid crown to the screw. This added stability not only looks and feels more realistic but it can also help to prevent facial tissue sinking and profile loss, which can occur with other artificial teeth.
Dental implants are most suitable for patients who have existing strong bone structures and teeth, and so may not be suitable for all patients. Consult your City of London dentist and see if they can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant and you may be able to smile again with confidence.