Besides giving you a reason to smile again, replacing missing teeth enables you to regain your self-confidence, improves your smile, allows you to enjoy an active lifestyle, restores facial structure and helps you to recover a youthful appearance.
Tooth loss causes the bone in your jaw to change shape and, eventually, break down. These changes may encourage your remaining teeth to shift out of alignment, leading to problems with your bite.
Also, the loss of bone tissue can pose a risk to neighbouring teeth and may lead to further tooth loss in the future. If you don’t replace a missing tooth, the underlying bone will begin to recede adversely affecting your facial structure giving you an aged appearance.
Bone recession can create complications for patients who request dental implants in the future. If bone density is poor, the jaw won’t be able to support an implant.
Bridges replace sections of missing teeth and help to support remaining teeth and keep them in their proper position. Bridges are a long-term solution that can help prevent the cycle of problems that occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting and drifting of remaining teeth.
Unlike dentures, a bridge is not removable, giving increased support and stability within the mouth.
When a missing tooth or teeth are replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the gap must be crowned to serve as reinforced anchors to hold the bridge in place.
Like dentures, we can also use dental implants to secure a bridge. An implant-retained bridge is preferable for many patients, as it eliminates the need for the dentist to fit crowns to the adjacent teeth.
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for high-tech dental implants! Implants involve placing a titanium screw into the jawbone under a local anaesthetic.
As the gums and jaw bone heal, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone, securing it firmly in place. Once the implant is stable, your dentist will fit a dental crown that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
This option effectively restores the aesthetic look and functionality of your teeth without negatively impacting your remaining natural teeth. Implants are highly durable and can last for over 20 years with the proper care.
Dental implants also help to prevent and reverse the effects of bone recession in the jaw.
We can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. With an All-on-Four or All-on-Six procedure, we can even replace full arches of teeth with prosthetics within a single appointment, using only a handful of implants.
As with any dental or medical procedure, dental implants have a compromised success rate in some patients. Some of the reasons to exclude dental implants as a treatment option are insufficient bone structure, a vital anatomical structure near the implant site and a still growing face and mouth.
Certain health conditions like diabetes, chronic sinus issues, and osteoporosis can interfere with the integration of bone to the implant.
To find out if you are a candidate your dentist will have to evaluate your medical history, conduct a dental exam and perform x-rays to help establish the quality and the density of your jaw bone.
/treatment-category/implantsDental implant surgeries are typically performed under local anaesthesia. Patients may experience some post-operative swelling and residual discomfort which can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
The dental implant process can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months from evaluation to the fitting of the crown. Candidates for implant dentistry should understand the dental treatment can be a lengthy process. Treatment plans can vary from patient to patient, and the best way to learn about your case is to book a consultation on 020 7928 4474 with our dental team.
Dentists typically wait for 3 months after extracting a tooth before placing an implant. However, single tooth immediate implants are an option for some patients, usually when the tooth is lost by trauma, teeth with root canal failure and teeth that are condemned due to fracture. The procedure is only recommended to patients who have suitable bone quality in order to ensure proper integration of the implant with your bone and a beautiful smile.