If you are considering restorative dentistry – treatment for missing or unstable teeth – then you may be advised to have dental implants. These provide a strong and reliable base for bridges, crowns and dentures, transforming both the aesthetics and the general health of your mouth. At our specialist dental practice, 76 Harley Street, we help our London patients achieve comfort and confidence using both our expertise and the very best materials.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone where it acts as a replacement tooth root. Then begins the process of ossification, where the bone grows around the implant, embedding it and making it secure. For this period of around 3 to 4 months, your specialist prosthodontist will fit you with a temporary restoration. Once stable, an ‘abutment’ – a metal post – is screwed into the implant, providing the base for the false teeth. Where an implant is used, the dental prostheses have a firm base so you will not have to worry, as you would have done in the past, about your dentures being loosened or displaced.
Another benefit of dental implants is that they are free standing; the adjacent teeth are unaffected, contrary to the fitting of a conventional bridge. During your consultation at our London-based specialist dental practice, our dental implants expert will discuss the proposed treatment in detail, ensuring you understand what the technique involves.
How long do dental implants last?
Your implants can last a lifetime. Just as with your natural teeth, they need to be supported by healthy gums and regular check ups with your dentist and hygienist. Furthermore, at 76 Harley Street we only use the best dental implant material possible, taking care of our patients’ safety – and delivering results that have real longevity.