06 Jan

Dental implants fitted by Central London dentist

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws fixed directly into the jaw to act as a solid base for an artificial tooth, replacing a tooth that is missing due to dental trauma or decay. They can be used to attach one or more teeth, or in a series of five can be used as a secure base to attach dentures.
Who do dental implants benefit?
Dental implants are ideal for patients with missing teeth who have otherwise healthy jawbones and teeth in generally good condition. Patients who don’t have a suitable jawbone can have additional graft surgery to strengthen the bone, or could benefit form other dental substitutions such as dental bridges or partial dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are much more sturdy and realistic then other dental restorations. Because the implant replaces the tooth root, the whole tooth is being replaced rather than just the crown. This makes a dental implant feel more like a real tooth and also act like one. Unlike with other restorations, implants allow patients to eat whatever they want without the anxiety of breaking the implant. For denture wearers, implants remove the anxiety of loose dentures and the need for messy adhesives.
How long is treatment?
The initial implant can be fixed in one session but it will need several weeks or months to fuse with the bone and soft tissue. During this time the dentist may attach a temporary crown. When fusion has taken place, a post is attached to the implant and finally a porcelain crown. In all, two or three appointments are needed to replace the missing tooth but they may be spread out over some time. Once fixed, a dental implant can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Is a dental implant painful?
The actual surgery is carried out under anaesthetic so it will not hurt. Some patients may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after initial surgery but this will wear off naturally.
Dental implant surgery is available from all Central London dentists and the costs vary depending on the nature of treatment. Make an appointment to discover more details about dental implants.