Wimpole Dental offers quality dental implants in London to restore and revitalise your smile. Tooth loss can be caused by a number of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease and tooth injury. If you’re missing teeth for any reason, it’s important to have them replaced for the good of your overall health. Not only can missing teeth take away your confidence, but they can also lead to physical health problems too.
If you’re dealing with tooth loss, you may need dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that are drilled directly into the jaw bone and fuse with the natural bone over time. They are then used to support false teeth in place of the tooth root. You don’t need a new implant for each individual replacement tooth. As an example, replacing a full set of teeth only requires four to six dental implants.
Endosteal implants: It is implanted directly into the jaw line during surgery. After the tissue is healed, an artificial tooth is affixed on top of the post.
Subperiosteal implants: It is a metal frame that is fixated in the jawbone below the gums. A replacement tooth is attached to the area after the gum tissue heals.
Without a full set of teeth, your face can tend to sag. Dental implants support your facial structure and prevent bone loss, retaining your natural face shape and smile.
Dental implants will prevent healthy teeth moving into otherwise empty gum space, which can cause crowding and lead to further dental problems.
An irregular bite can interfere with the ability to eat correctly, and can lead to serious health problems, such as malnutrition. With dental implants, your teeth will have all the strength and stability they need to eat a healthy, balanced diet without any problems chewing.
Dental implants look just as realistic as natural teeth! You will be able to smile with confidence, and eat all the foods you enjoy.
These implants not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also functions for a long time. As they are made of titanium rods they stay fixated in their place.
It can be used in case you are missing a single tooth or several teeth. Patients who have suffered minor injury to their mouth that lead to chipped or broken teeth can opt for this testament.
If you’re wondering whether dental implants are right for you, simply book an appointment with your dentist in London. Your dentist will examine your mouth and determine the correct dental treatment needed based on your own individual case. Firstly, your teeth and gums will be carefully examined. X-rays or CT scans will also be taken to check the quality and density of your bone. Your dentist will ascertain where the implants should be placed and whether you have sufficient bone structure warrant a successful procedure. Patients with thin or soft bone may need to have bone grafted to create adequate support for the implant.
Your dentist will skillfully drill a very small hole in your jaw for the titanium screw to be placed. For utmost accuracy and safety, a surgical guide based on a CT scan may be used by your dentist. The hole will then be gradually widened before it’s fitted with the implant screw. Once fitted, the implant is covered with gum tissue, as well as a protective cover screw. After enough time has elapsed to allow healing (usually a maximum of six months), your dentist will uncover the screw and place an abutment on top. The abutment will securely connect the screw with the crown. A temporary crown will be placed, so the gum can shape itself around the tooth naturally. Once the permanent crown has been fitted, the process is complete.
Healing from the screw-fitting procedure may take up to six months, and a further two-month long healing period is required after the placing of the crown. The exact time frame will depend on your individual situation and will be explained to you by your dentist.
Attending follow-up appointments with your dentist is vital to ensuring the success of your dental implants. It’s important for you to maintain good oral hygiene so the implant can correctly fuse to the bone. If correct after-care is followed, dental implants can last for over 40 years.
Side-effects should be minimal. It’s common for some patients to experience minor bleeding and bruising around the implant, along with swelling of the face and gums. Prescription pain medication may be prescribed to minimise your discomfort.