What are dental implants?
Gone are the days when losing a tooth meant you were left with a gappy smile or denture. Thanks to dental technology, teeth can now be replaced with dental implants which look and feel like natural teeth and are functionally strong and secure.
Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. The process consists of three stages and is spread over a three to six month period. These stages involve having a titanium post being precisely placed by and oral surgeon or periodontist ( gum specialist) then waiting for healing. After a few months of healing, your dentist will take impressions of the implant fixture in the gum and our dental laboratory technician makes a ceramic crown. The crown is attached to the implant to fill the gap and replace the natural tooth that was lost.
The resulting dental implant is permanently and securely attached, easy to clean and unlike a bridge or denture, does not cause any damage to the surrounding teeth.
Who can have dental implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most people provided they are in good dental and general health. They can be placed in younger patients once the jaws have finished growing and many older people have benefitted from treatment to stabilise loose dentures or to even replace them completely with a fixed bridge. An initial consultation is necessary to determine suitability for dental implants and we will need to carry out various diagnostic tests which may include dental x-rays and a CT scan. These tests enable us to assess the quality of your jawbone and to plan the placement of your dental implant.
How long will dental implants last for?
Dental implants should last for many years or possibly even for life. This does depend on your general health and it is important to have excellent oral hygiene. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings at our Hampstead Gardens practice, combined with good dental care at home will help increase the longevity of treatment.