The benefits of dental implants from the Dental Rooms, Wimbledon, SW London
can be life changing, providing an answer to embarrassment,
discomfort or inconvenience of missing teeth and loose
Dental implants are our treatment of choice for missing
teeth because they look and feel like a natural tooth
whilst restoring normal function and appearance.
What are dental implants?
Beginning in the 1960s researchers observed
that the metal titanium, formed a very strong bond to
surrounding bone, a process termed “osseointegration."
After years of careful research and study, dental implants
(titanium cylinders placed into the jawbone to support
replacement teeth) were refined with high success rates.
There are now patients who have had implant supported
teeth for more than twenty-five years.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is carefully
placed into the jawbone to act as an anchor to support
one or more teeth. They can also be anchors to improve
the stability and retention of loose dentures.
Why should you consider dental implants?
If you, like lots of people, have lost one
or more teeth, you may be all too familiar with the
unpleasant consequences. For many, missing teeth lead
to an unattractive smile, embarrassment from loose dentures,
and pain or difficulty with eating.
Traditional dentistry can provide replacements for missing
teeth using bridges, removable partials and dentures;
however, each of these has its problems. Bridgework
usually involves altering natural teeth to provide a
stable foundation for support of replacement teeth.
Partials and dentures can, at times, be very unstable
leading to denture sores or speech difficulties.
Another little known problem associated with tooth loss
is a process known as "atrophy," a shrinking
of the jawbone that can progress relentlessly over the
years. Bone atrophy not only affects jaw function, but
can cause adverse facial cosmetic changes. As a result,
there may not be enough bone volume for dental implants,
in which case additional treatment may be required..
Because of the remarkable advances in dentistry in recent
years, dental implants offer an effective solution to
many of these problems.
What does the treatment involve?
Dental implants are usually completed in two
This is the actual implant placement, a process generally performed in the dental practice with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make the patient more comfortable. Using precise, gentle surgical techniques, the implants are placed into the jawbone for 3 to 6 months while osseointegration (bonding to bone) takes place. This helps ensure a strong, solid foundation for replacement teeth. During this time, temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience. On some occasions temporary teeth can be attached to the implants the same day without the need for waiting 3-6months of healing and thereby avoiding the need to wear a removable denture.
This involves creating and attaching the new
tooth or teeth to the anchored implant(s) in your jaw.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several
teeth or complete dentures. Your dentist can recommend
the best choice for you.
What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are an effective, safe and
predictable solution to the problems resulting from
missing teeth. Many patients report exciting benefits
from dental implants, such as:
- Replacement teeth look, feel and function like
- Improved taste and appetite
- Improved cosmetic appearance
- The ability to chew without pain or gum irritation
- Improved quality of life
One additional and very important benefit can be the
reduction or elimination of bone atrophy or shrinkage,
commonly associated with loss of teeth.
Dental implants are truly a revolution, solving an age
old problem safely and predictably. Implant dentistry
can change the smiles and lives of millions for years
to come. Visit the Nobel
biocare website for patient information.
How successful is the treatment?
Implantology is a tried and tested treatment and 95% of modern implants last for at least 15 years. They are firmly secured to bone, and as with natural teeth require thorough cleaning. If this is not carried out then you may experience problems similar to that of gum disease with infection around the implant resulting in bone loss, loosening and failure. Cleaning around implants is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth and we will strongly advise all patients to see the hygienist on a regular basis to maintain the healthy status of the implant and the rest of the teeth and gums.
On the rare occasion that integration does not occur
and the implant is loosening, then it can be easily
removed and the site allowed to heal, with placement
of another implant at a later stage.
5 Year Guarantee for implant treatment:
We offer a 5 year guarantee for implant treatment carried out at the dentalrooms. Terms and conditions apply, available on request.
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