Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently affixed to the patients’ jaw. At the first appointment a titanium screw is drilled into the jawbone. This is left for two to three months for the bone to grow around the screw. A second appointment completes the procedure by fitting a connector or abutment which in turn anchors a porcelain crown. While waiting for the screw to become bonded to the jaw, the dentist will fit a temporary crown. Once completed the implant should need no further attention and has a success rate above 95 percent.
The modern answer to missing teeth
There are no shortage of practices performing dental implants in London and it is important to find one that is up to date with the latest methods. A consultation will advise you of your options and the best course of treatment for your particular situation. Because missing teeth can also lead to more serious health problems it is wise to rectify the situation as soon as possible and benefit from the many advantages that implants have over other treatments such as dental bridges which can necessitate the removal of adjoining, healthy teeth. Another advantage of implants is that they don’t have to be taken out at night, as in the case with dentures, which also have to be cleaned regularly to avoid the build up of food residue leading to bad breath. With dental implants normal dental hygiene is all that is required to keep your teeth fresh and bright.
Restoring confidence in your smile
If you have one or more missing teeth it can negatively impact your life in many different ways. In social and work-related situations, a dental gap, especially at the front of the mouth, can alter people’s perception of you particularly in today’s image conscious world. Consider how much more confident you would feel if you could face the world with a full radiant smile. Dental implants also enable you to eat all your favourite foods without discomfort or pain as they function and look just like your natural teeth.