If you have experienced tooth loss for any reason – perhaps as a result of tooth decay or accidental damage – then dental implants could be the solution for you.
Here at Beaufort Dental Clinic our dental implants team offers a comprehensive range of options, from single-tooth replacement to multiple dental implants. A high-tech procedure involving relatively minor surgery, dental implants are the best long-term solution for tooth loss, giving you a smile that will last a lifetime.
Make an appointment at our Colindale dental practice to discover more about how they could transform your smile.
Dental professionals agree that dental implants are by far the most compelling permanent solution for tooth loss, mimicking both the look and, crucially, the feel of a real tooth with no discernable difference. Dental implants are ideal for supporting existing dentures too, effectively securing dentures to the jaw and eliminating problems of movement and slippage. With dental implants, you can eat, speak and smile with complete confidence, forever.
A dental implant is essentially a synthetic plug, surgically implanted in your jaw to simulate the root of a tooth. A false tooth or bridge, engineered using the latest technologies, is, in a separate procedure, screwed onto the implant, creating a permanent replacement.
Typically dental implants are engineered from titanium, a seriously strong material that is also biocompatible – which means your jawbone, in time, will fuse naturally with it.
If you are considering dental implants, you will first undergo a series of in-depth consultations with your family dentist. The health of your mouth will be thoroughly assessed – if your gums are not in top condition, dental implants will likely be delayed. Likewise, if you have insufficient bone density in your jaw, you might require a bone graft before implants can be placed. You can have dental implants at any age, though dentists generally recommend young people wait until adulthood, when the jaw is fully formed.
Dental implantation is a two-step procedure that takes a few months to complete. Firstly the implant is inserted into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. A temporary denture can be fixed while you wait for bone and implant to unite – a process called osseointegration. When your jawbone is ready, further surgery will be required to fit the permanent false tooth, again under local anaesthetic. After each procedure you will be able to return home fairly quickly and manage any swelling and discomfort with regular painkillers. Your dentist will provide a comprehensive aftercare plan and you will need to return for regular progress check-ups.