As the gums and jaw heal following the initial implantation, the bone bonds with and grows around the implant through a process known as osseointegration. The titanium root fuses with the bone, stimulating further growth and strengthening the jaw.
The prosthetic supported by the artificial root can be a crown, bridge or denture, depending on whether you need a replacement for a single tooth, multiple teeth or an entire arch. Dental prosthetics are hard-wearing and custom-manufactured to match the look, feel and function of your natural tooth.
Dental professionals and patients consider dental implants to be the next best thing to a natural tooth. They can:
Single Tooth Dental Implant
Functional or aesthetic complications arising due to a missing tooth can be corrected using a single tooth dental implant. This restorative device comprises a natural-looking crown attached to a titanium screw.
Your dentist will determine the location of the implant based on your clinical needs and the condition of your jawbone. They will fit the implant under a local anaesthetic and, if necessary, a sedative to help you relax.
Once the titanium post is in place within the jaw, the osseointegration process can take around 3 to 6 months. While the implant fuses with the surrounding bone, your dentist may recommend using a temporary prosthetic tooth.
After your gum has healed, your dentist will take a dental mould to fabricate your custom-made prosthesis. Once fitted, the prosthetic is virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth, providing a natural and seamless smile.
Implant Retained Dentures
Thanks to technological advancements in implant dentistry, several innovative techniques of denture stabilisation are now available. Implants provide a modern means of supporting a set of dentures. Implant-supported dentures can be used to replace a complete set of missing teeth.
Our team at Slade Dental Practice & Implant Centre will assess your needs to determine whether you require partial or full dentures, as well as the number of implants needed, based on the type of dentures and the condition of your jawbone.
During an implant-retained denture treatment, your dentist will embed the titanium implants in your jawbone and allow the surrounding tissues time to heal. You will be able to wear a temporary denture during this time. Custom-fit dentures are created and anchored to the posts with abutments, securing them in place.
Traditional dentures may gradually loosen, causing embarrassment and functional issues. Implant-retained dentures are far more secure, improving comfort and functionality. The use of implants also eliminates the need for suction between the dentures and palate. It promotes a high level of comfort, as the dentures occupy less space in the roof of your mouth compared to traditional methods.
Implant supported dentures function almost like permanently fixed teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can the dentist determine if I am suitable for a dental implant procedure?
Your dentist will examine the structure and bone density of your jaw to determine if it can safely undergo the implantation process. They will assess your dental and medical history before recommending a dental implant restoration.
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
Our team at Slade Dental Practice & Implant Centre endeavour to make the implant procedure as comfortable as possible. They will give you an anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort during the surgery. If you are anxious about the procedure, you can have your implant placed while you are under sedation.
In case of several missing teeth, is an individual implant required for every missing tooth?
No. The number of dental posts required for the implant process varies depending on the patient’s treatment needs, as well as the volume and density of bone tissue available at the implantation site.
Are dental implants durable?
With good oral hygiene practices, dental implants can provide a durable and long-lasting solution to missing teeth. Routine check-ups with a dentist and hygienist will help to keep your implants and surrounding soft tissues in good condition, helping to preserve the lifespan of your dental implants.
To schedule a consultation for dental implant treatment, please contact Slade Dental Practice & Implant Centre on 020 8855 2115.