In recent years, treatment for the replacement of missing teeth has undergone drastic improvements, due to various advances in dentistry. Not replacing missing teeth can have negative consequence on your oral and overall health. These include the deterioration of the biting and chewing power as well as bone loss in the jaw.
Dental implants are a viable tooth restoration treatment, because unlike other, more traditional treatments, they actually become part of the mouth and create a sturdy base for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. At Care Dental Platinum, your London dentist for nervous patients, we use the Enjoyable Dentistry Technique™, to ensure that our patients remain relaxed throughout their implant operation.
So, what are dental implants?
Dental implants are small, artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium or titanium alloy. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone in the empty spaces previously occupied by the natural tooth roots. They have the special ability to fuse with the jawbone because they are made of titanium, a metal that is compatible with the human body tissue. Once in place and after they have healed, dental implants can be used to attach single replacement teeth, as well as bridges or overdentures. In some cases, dental implants and replacement teeth can be completed in a single visit.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are long-lasting since they are connected with the surrounding bone tissue. With proper care as well as regular check-ups at the London dentist for nervous patients, dental implants can last for many years.
Can anyone have dental implants?
As a rule of thumb, most people can have dental implants as long as they have healthy teeth and gums. Certain conditions such as active gum disease and diabetes can hinder the successful outcome of dental implants. For this reason, patients are advised to consult their dentist in advance.
Is the procedure painful?
Dental implant surgery is painful when performed with the help of the Enjoyable Dentistry Technique™ – a combination of oral sedation, guided imagery and pain-free dentistry. The procedure itself is brief and takes place in a single visit to the London dentist for nervous patients.