For many years, the main options available for replacing missing teeth were either dentures or a dental bridge, and whilst both of these methods satisfied aesthetic and functional criteria, they potentially lacked in other areas such as stability, longevity and comfort.
At Fifty Five A Dental Practices in St John's Wood, we are pleased to offer our patients a modern alternative which has many advantages over bridges and dentures, in the form of dental implants. We have a visiting specialist dentists, who is an extremely skilled and experienced surgeon and who limits his practice entirely to placing implants.
Dental implants are effectively artificial tooth roots which are made from titanium. The implant is positioned in the jaw by means of a minor oral surgical procedure. It is then left to bond with the bone in a process known as osseointegration, forming an extremely solid foundation to support a dental crown. Although other materials will bond to bone, very pure titanium is the best and most reliable material for this particular purpose.
Implants may be placed individually or in multiples depending on the number of missing teeth, An entire jaw can be restored, sometimes with only 4 implants. This is known as the All on 4 Technique and can often be undertaken over the course of just one day.
When the implant has integrated securely, usually after a period of around three or four months, a very high precision support collar called an abutment is attached followed by a dental crown, resulting in a natural looking and extremely strong replacement tooth.
This will depend on any prior work that may need to be done before the implant is placed. Some patients who have significant bone loss in the area where the implant is required, may need a bone graft prior to the implant procedure.
The fusing period (osseointegration) usually takes around four to six month for upper jaw implants and between three and four months for lower jaw implants. In addition to this, impressions are needed in order to design and manufacture the crowns to attach to the implant. This typically takes around two weeks.
Placing a dental implant is generally a minor surgical procedure but is performed using a powerful local anaesthetic, so any pain will be minimised. Intravenous sedation, administered by a consultant anaesthetist/sedationist can be arranged if you feel you would like to be put into a more relaxed and comfortable state and be mostly unaware of the processes happening around you.
Patients often remark how surprised they were at the small amount of discomfort involved, with many saying it was no more uncomfortable than other dental procedures. So it is certainly not to be feared. Naturally, you should expect some soreness and possibly some localised swelling and bruising for a short period following the procedure, but this should be manageable with a regular painkiller.
|Implants Therapy||Fees £|
|Implant Therapy (Inc crown restoration)||From £2700|
|Bone Grafting||From £900|
|Sinus Lifting||From £900|