For many years, anyone losing a tooth had three options; to leave the gap, to have a dental bridge fitted or to wear a partial denture. None of these options are entirely satisfactory as although bridges and dentures do offer an aesthetic replacement as well as restoring some functionality, they can be less stable than a natural tooth and eating certain foods may prove difficult.
At Quarry Rise Dental Centre, we are pleased to offer our patients an alternative option by using dental implants through our colleagues at nearby Lynwood Dental Center.
What are dental implants?
The ‘implant’ is a screw like object made from titanium which is by far the best known material for bonding with human bone.
The visible part following the implant procedure is actually the dental crown which is attached securely to the implant using a support collar known as an ‘abutment’.
These three elements in combination form a secure and natural-looking replacement tooth.
To prepare for a dental implant procedure, scans are taken to ensure that there is sufficient jawbone into which the implant will be placed. The patient is then given a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort before small, precision holes are made in the jawbone where the implant will be placed (1). The titanium implant is then screwed, or tapped, into these holes and is left for a period of approximately three months, during which time the bone will bond to the implant, holding it very firmly in place (2, 3). This process is known as osseointegration.
Once the implant is firmly bonded, the dental crown is attached, leaving the patient with a long lasting, strong and secure replacement tooth (4, 5).
Benefits of dental implants
In addition to the strength and stability of a dental implant, there are a number of other advantages, including:
- A long life of usually twenty years or more
- No special cleaning requirements
- A natural appearance and feel
- Ability to eat confidently without fear of the implant moving
- No impediment to speech as can sometimes occur with dentures
In addition to individual tooth replacement, implants can also be used for the replacement of multiple teeth, firmly anchoring a fixed bridge in place.
Here at Quarry Rise Dental Centre, we will be pleased to discuss dental implants as an alternative to the more traditional methods of replacing lost teeth. Simply call our friendly team at your local Cheam dental practice on 020 8462 3739 to arrange your initial consultation.
More information about dental implants can be found on www.lynwooddental.co.uk (Off site link opens in a new window)