Dental Practice at 40 Harley Street
Missing teeth can affect your mouth’s function and leave you feeling self-conscious and lacking in confidence. In the past, patients had no alternative other than a removable denture or fixed bridgework for missing teeth. Today, dental implants are considered the most appropriate option for the fixed replacement of missing teeth in many people. They work in the following way:
- A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw (fixture) which is placed within the jawbone following careful preparation of a socket in the precise position to replace the missing tooth.
- The size of the implant is designed to suit the natural shape of the jawbone and, due to the nature of titanium, forms a close union (integrates) with the bone over a period of approximately two to three months.
- A second screw (abutment) is then approximately two to three months later placed within the implant that extends out of the gum, onto which a crown or bridge is fixed.
Advances in implant dentistry means we are able to provide patients with aesthetically-pleasing results with minimal discomfort and inconvenience. When cared for properly, dental implants can last for many years making them a truly long-term solution.
The modern approach to dental implant treatment has significantly improved success rates and reduced treatment time. Implant failure due to lack of integration is now a rarity and patients do not have to visit the dentist for many months for their treatment to be completed. In fact, in the majority of patients’ treatment is completed in a few visits.
In addition, integration of computer technology allows us to plan the placement of the implant as well as the appearance of the restoration well in advance of treatment.