Dental Implants in Harley Street
Dental implants give you a long term solution for replacing missing teeth. Offering a much higher success rate than bridges and dentures. Dental implants work by replacing the root of the missing tooth/teeth. In most cases the secure fixture comes in the form of a screw or cylinder that fits to the dental crown, bridge or denture. Implants can be placed at the same time as the removal of the tooth.
If you have lost a tooth/teeth through injury or trauma, tooth decay or just general ageing then implants could be the solution for you.
They have a positive impact on your confidence due to their natural appearance and they also help to restore full function to your mouth.
Once the implant is in place it will be left to heal before the tooth restoration is attached, which will usually take between 3 to 6 months.
Are Dental Implants Suitable For You?
If a single or number of teeth are missing then dental implants are suitable for you. There are however a few exceptions, if your jaw has low bone density then you may need to investigate other options.
Dental Implants may be suitable if:
- You have one or more missing teeth
- You unhappy with gaps in your smile
- You do not like wearing dentures or find them uncomfortable
- Your dentures are causing you pain or irritation or you do not like wearing them in public
- You are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to missing teeth
- You have loose or severely decayed or damaged teeth
- You would prefer a long-term solution to your missing teeth
- Missing teeth is affecting your speech
What Happens During Dental Implant Treatment?
We use an x-ray to assess your oral and bone health to identify and treat any issues required before your implant is fitted. Local anaesthetic will then be administered to the site where the implant needs to be fitted. The implant is fitted tightly into the socket and finally the gum is stitched around the implant.
Before further treatment can take place the treated area will need to fully heal. Healing can take between six weeks and six months, whilst the area heals a temporary crown is fitted to help maintain aesthetics.
When the gums are healed, the final restoration can take place.
Is Dental Implant Treatment painful?
Local anaesthetic is used in most cases, although in some cases IV sedation can be used. The healing process can be painful, but we can recommend medication that will decrease pain throughout your recovery.
How Long Does Implant Treatment Take?
Dental implants can take up to six months to complete, this is due to the healing process required in between each stage. Every individual is different, so speak to one of our dentists to understand an accurate timeline for your own treatment.
Advantages of Dental Implants
When you have a missing tooth the bone where the tooth root was can disintegrate and change the shape of the face and jaw. A dental implant prevents this from happening and can stimulate bone growth in the area it is fitted. Denture wearers will also find that dental function is improved as an implant is much sturdier and also stays in place. Unlike other forms of restoration treatment, the teeth on either side of the gap do not need to be treated. Dental implants can also last up to 30 years if good oral hygiene is maintained.
Having a missing tooth can increase the chances of your face and jaw losing shape. Dental implants prevent this from happening help to stimulate bone growth in the area that they are fitted. If you currently wear dentures, you will find implants to be an improvement due to their sturdiness and the fact that they stay comfortably in place. Dental implants can last up to 30 years provided the patient practices good oral hygiene.