Dental Implants London
Dental Implants London – Harley Street
What is a Dental Implant?
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A dental implant is a tooth root analogue (replica). It is an artificial tooth root made of surgical grade titanium, which is placed into the jaw onto which crowns and bridgework can be constructed. Dental implants can in many cases be the preferred treatment to replace a tooth or teeth lost following an injury or through periodontal disease. Dental implants have numerous possible applications in dentistry
To replace a single or multiple teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
To support bridgework or replace a partial denture
To help support or secure upper or lower dentures
Dr Simon Darfoor in the PRESS
Dental implants are a natural-looking tooth replacement option. They can provide you with increased freedom and confidence by restoring that unsightly gap in your smile or that denture which never stays in one place, making eating difficult. In many cases dental implant teeth can be made to look and feel like your own teeth.
Under the right conditions and with the appropriate maintenance dental implants can last a lifetime. Ongoing long-term studies show that dental implant treatments generally exhibit predictable and excellent success rates.
Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally, you need to be in good general health as well as having a healthy mouth. Dental implants are reliant on adequate jaw bone to allow placement and for good retention of the dental implant. It is important that, if you are considering dental implant treatment, there is no active periodontal (gum) infection present in you mouth as this can have a negative effect on your dental implant treatment.
Dental implants are intimately related to the jaw bone and overlying gum tissues. Thus it makes good sense that you see a highly trained and competent implant dentist for the surgical portion of your dental implant treatment. Your implant dentist and dental laboratory work closely as a team to put together your dental implant treatment from the initial consultation appointment through to the placement of the final implant crown.
With our knowledge, experience, skill and expertise we here at No 1 Harley Street will guide you through the implant treatment process smoothly.
Just like your teeth, dental implants require careful and thorough cleaning (oral hygiene) at home on daily basis and regular dental check-ups. Dental implants are very much like your natural teeth and will require similar care both at home and at the dentist.
The right brushing technique, flossing and keeping the plaque levels in the mouth to a minimum are all-important for the long-term health of your new dental implant.
Following the completion of your dental implant treatment, we will collectively develop the best maintenance program for you. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor the health of the bone and gum around the implant tooth as well as your overall gum health.
The most common indication for implant therapy is:
Replacement of one or more missing teeth
Support of a non-removable ‘bridge’ to replace multiple teeth
Support of a removable full or partial denture
Patients who successfully pass screening and evaluation can be considered as candidates for implant placement.
The primary limiting factor inherent in implant therapy is the amount of bone available to receive and support the implant. If it is determined that a patient does not have enough bone to support an implant restoration bone grafting procedures may be considered. Heavy smoking and some medical conditions may ndermine the use of implant therapy.
Additional Procedures in Implant Dentistry:
Ridge (Graft) Augmentation:
Defects in the upper and lower jaw bone may result following the loss of teeth, trauma or infection. Such damage to the jaw bone may leave inadequate bone into which to place dental implants. To overcome this problem it is possible to lift back a portion of the gum and place bone graft or a bone substitute to build up the jaw and regenerate some of the lost bone.
This can be undertaken as a separate procedure or, in some cases, in conjunction with the dental implant placement depending on your circumstances. Ridge augmentation techniques help to enhance appearance and increase your chances for long term success of your dental implant. Such surgical techniques are intricate and technique-sensitive and as such require specialist care.
Sinus (Graft) Augmentation:
In many cases loss of the upper molar teeth can be compromised by poor bone quality and quantity. The key to successful implant treatment is adequate bone quantity and quality. The back part of the upper jaw is also an area into which a portion of the sinus cavity can be found.
This creates difficulties for implant placement unless sinus augmentation is undertaken. Sinus (grafting) augmentation is a specialized surgical technique in which the sinus floor is gently raised to develop bone and allow for more ideal dental implant placement.
A) Full Arch Replacement
ALL TEETH MISSING
Benefits of a fixed bridge on implants
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution
Before dental implants, there were no fixed solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.
Lets you eat and function like having natural teeth
A solid, stable solution that will serve you for life
Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
The treatment procedure and number of visits is largely dependent on the specific conditions. But all in all, 8-10 visits should be enough to have a fixed bridge installed. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
Case 1: Failing teeth with gum disease and mobility. All upper teeth extracted and replaced with a permanent implant retained bridge.
Full Arch Replacement
Case 2: Loose and ill-fitting upper denture replaced with a new upper denture which is secured on 4 dental implant fixtures.
Missing Tooth Replacement
B) Multiple Teeth Replacement
SEVERAL TEETH MISSING
Benefits with fixed bridge on implants:
In this case, when replacing three teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative. Traditional dentures can’t offer the same stability or function.
Having dental implants replacing your lost back teeth will give you new, unparalleled strength and stability that allows you to eat what you want. It will also preserve your jawbone and facial appearance.
The only fixed alternative in this situation.
A stable, secure solution that lets you eat what you want
Preserves your facial appearance and prevents bone loss
After the initial examination, you can expect 4-5 additional visits until the final fixed bridge is permanently attached. It is normal to experience some minor bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissue afterwards. Any discomfort is usually treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
Case 1: The provision of a customized dental bridge secured on 2 dental implant fixtures
Case 2: The provision of 2 crowns on dental implants to provide molar ‘back’ tooth support for this patient
Dental Treatment Implants
C) Single Tooth Replacement
SINGLE TOOTH MISSING
Benefits of an all-ceramic crown on implant:
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
In this case, a so-called one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
Immediately functioning teeth
Excellent esthetic result
Life long, stable solution
This procedure normally includes four visits to the dentist. You should expect to be able to work the day after having the implant installed.
Case 1: The placement of a single dental implant in the front incisor region following the loss of this tooth.
Single Tooth Replacement
D) Immediate Function/ Same Day Teeth
Immediate Function is otherwise known as ‘Same Day Teeth’. This is a proven clinical treatment modality that is valid for all indications and bone types. This simple protocol allows the placement of dental implant(s) and gives patients an immediate and functioning tooth or teeth on the same day. Immediate Function is a revolutionary new technique whereby a whole arch of failing teeth or a single failing tooth is replaced with dental implant(s) on the same day.
Same Day Teeth can benefit Patients:
By providing shortened treatment time – it is possible to go from tooth loss to having functional and esthetic teeth on the same day
Who are faced with a failing dentition, due to gum disease or failing bridgework, whose only other option is to wear dentures.
Who are unable to tolerate dentures and currently wear upper and/or lower dentures
Who suffer from low self-confidence because of movement of dentures whilst talking or eating.
By giving greater patient comfort and in nearly all scenario’s avoid the need for advanced bone grafting procedures
Can provide implants for the majority of patients suffering from low bone volume
Unlike traditional implant techniques, typically requires no bone grafting
Provides significant improvement over dentures and saves time compared to traditional implant techniques
Shorter recovery times than most other implant procedures for full mouth reconstruction and provides new teeth the same day you come in for your implants
We appreciate and value the significant investment by our clients who proceed with Implant related therapy. It provides a fixed long-term solution and our patients benefit from such treatments which make the greatest difference to our patients, their families and friends.
Primary diagnostic testing is the first step. Dental x-rays or CT scans will be used to create a three dimensional model of your jaws, once done our dental laboratory will creates your replacement teeth with the images and diagnostic models, ensuring a comfortable and accurate fit.
On your treatment appointment Dr Darfoor will place the dental implants and onto these implants your custom made teeth will be anchored onto. After your tooth replacements are secured and checked, you will have a beautiful set of new teeth that you can start eating and smiling with right away.
This is important for patients with low bone volume, especially those who have been told in the past they are not candidates for implants. We are almost always able to help these patients without bone grafting, a fact that saves you time and money, and spares you from additional procedures and importantly you can have your teeth delivered on the same day.
Replacement of Dentures
Replacement of Dentures – Same day
Replacement of a Missing Tooth
Replacement if missing tooth same day