Dental implants have been used successfully for many years to replace missing teeth. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges that provide minimal support, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, providing strong, durable and aesthetically-pleasing replacement teeth.
Dental implants in London can replace one, some or all of a patient’s natural teeth. Implants come in different sizes and shapes, and are available in specialised practices, such as Moor Park Dental. Treatment takes between 6-12 months to complete, but this depends on each individual patient. In some cases, Dental implants can be completed in a single visit to the dentist (i.e. Same Day Teeth).
What are dental implants and how do they function?
Dental implants are cleverly engineered, screw-shaped titanium posts about the size of a tooth root. They are used to supporting the replacement for missing crowns. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, and are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Because they are made of titanium, which is compatible with the human body, dental implants can fuse with the jawbone and prevent its further deterioration.
One or more implants can be used, depending on the size of the space left after teeth have gone missing. After a time of healing that usually lasts a few months, replacement teeth such as crowns, dentures or bridges are secured to the dental implants.
Good candidates for dental implants in London
To qualify as a candidate for dental implants, a patient must be in good health and have sufficient bone left in their jawbone. People who want dental implants must have healthy gums. Patients with active gum disease will need to undergo treatment before having their dental implants installed. Insufficient bone density may also cause problems with dental implants and in this case, the dentist may recommend a bone graft, where bone or synthetic bone material is injected into the site of the implant to restore bone density.
Finally, patients suffering from certain health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease may still be eligible for dental implants as long as their conditions are sufficiently controlled prior to implant surgery.