An implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth. They feel and act more like a natural tooth when chewing, brushing and smiling. The implant replaces the actual root of the missing tooth and is left to heal in the bone for several months. Once healed and firmly embedded in the bone, an abutment is secured into the implant and then a crown is secured onto that.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or bridgework?
- Improved appearance – natural looking teeth
- You can eat anything you want to with no restrictions
- Long-lasting and fixed solution, not removable like dentures
- Improved speech
- Anti-ageing benefit; when you lose a tooth, shrinkage of the jawbone can cause your facial contours to sag and look older. The placement of dental implants will prevent bone loss, and this will help to support your lips and cheeks and prevent them sagging
- No need to involve adjacent teeth, where as bridgework and dentures rely on the support of adjacent teeth, which could in turn weaken them.
- Cost-effective option- when you take into consideration cost per year
- All factors contribute to improved confidence and increased quality of life
What is a dental Implant?
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly is screw or cylinder shaped. In order to support replacement teeth dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.
Most dental implants in use today are made from titanium or titanium alloy which has been shown over many years to be well tolerated by human bone. The term ‘Osseo integrated implants’ are widely used to describe dental implants that can develop and maintain a close union with bone to support replacement teeth.
Meet our Implantologist
Dr Prem Nair, registered Specialist Oral Surgeon,works at Fencepiece Dental Surgery solely on implant placement. Prem has been with our surgery for approximately 10 years and has become one of the team. He has seen many of our patients and they have all been delighted with their treatments.
Having completed his fellowship from the Royal college of Surgeons of England, Prem was recognised as an Oral Surgery specialist in the UK. He has worked in a number of maxillofacial units in hospitals in Wales and England and has gathered immense experience in various aspects of Oral surgery, facial traumas and Implantology. At Fencepiece Dental, Prem is primarily involved in the placement of dental implants and surgical removal of wisdom teeth. We are very grateful to have him work with us.
Treatment stages for routine dental implant placement
- Diagnosis and treatment planning after which it may be necessary to carry out repairs or treatment to any remaining teeth.
- Implant placement is usually followed by a period of healing lasting from 6 weeks to 6 months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum, however one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also commonplace. Stitches are normally removed 7 to 10 days after the implant placement.
- Several visits may be needed over the next few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.
- Once the implants have healed uneventfully for the required time, they are uncovered if necessary and made ready to connect the teeth. Sometimes the time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the local bone conditions and the overall quality of healing.
- In some cases the first teeth fitted to your implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the intended design. This stage can be used to assess the implants, control early loading and in areas where aesthetics are more critical, also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before final teeth are fitted.
- Final teeth are commonly fitted between 3 and 9 months after the implants were first placed. The way that the teeth fit together is carefully adjusted so that they do not interfere with each other.
- Regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.
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For further information on dental implants or to book an appointment, call us on 020 8500 3339.