At London clinic Moor Park Dental, we believe dental implants are often the best way for a dentist to replace missing teeth. Of course, we understand that choosing to have implant surgery is a big decision, and dental implants are a big investment. However, we believe that they are one of the best investments you can make – in your future as well as in your smile.
If you are considering using dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you are likely to have a number of questions regarding your potential treatment. We have gathered together some common questions and answers about implants, but if you can’t find the answer you need here, get in touch with our London team, who will be happy to help you.
1 How do dental implants differ from normal dentures?
Dental implants are the only permanent way a dentist can replace your missing teeth. They should be thought of as replacement tooth roots rather than replacement teeth. Your dentist will then fit new teeth – dentures, a bridge, or a single crown – to the abutments on top of your implants.
2 Implants seem expensive compared with other options. How long will they last?
At our London clinic we like to see dental implants as an investment. Their initial cost will soon be offset because, unlike with standard dentures or bridges, you won’t need to have them frequently adjusted or replaced. So long as you visit your dentist regularly for maintenance appointments, your implants will last you many years – perhaps even a lifetime.
3 Can I trust my implant dentist?
A mixture of skill and experience are key to successful implant treatment. At our London specialist clinic, our implant work is carried out by Dr Bhat, who is not just a specialist oral surgeon, but also a specialist prosthodontist – a dentist who creates realistic-looking, realistic-acting tooth restorations.
4 Does implant surgery hurt?
No. At our London dental centre we can place dental implants under local anaesthetic, or conscious sedation. If you require general anaesthetic, you will be treated as a day patient at a nearby London hospital.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients who have lost one or more teeth. At Moor Park Dental Centre in London, we have a highly skilled team of implantologists who can treat even the most complex of implant cases, where additional work is required to rebuild the density of your jaw bone prior to implant placement.
Perfect dental implants require excellent skills in two specialist areas of dentistry: oral surgery, and prosthodontics. An oral surgeon, as the name suggests, specialises in mild to moderate surgical procedures involving the mouth and jaw, whilst a prosthodontist specialises in reconstructing missing teeth. At Moor Park Dental Centre in London, our implant work is carried out by Dr Bhat, who is fortunate enough to be a specialist in both prosthodontics and oral surgery, thus the perfect candidate for implant treatment.
We accept referrals from other dental practices across London and beyond where patients require treatment with dental implants, particularly complex cases requiring bone regeneration.
Bone shrinkage or resorbtion is an extremely common side effect of losing your natural teeth. It is commonly seen in patients who have worn standard dentures for a period of years, and is the main reason that dentures become loose and hard to live with over time. When the jaw bone resorbs it can make placing dental implants more complex – but by no means impossible. If you have experienced bone loss, get in touch with our London implants team to find out more about how we can help you.
The advantages of dental implants
Dental implants have many advantages over standard dentures and bridgework. Not least, of course, is their permanence; implants have a high success rate (90% or more) and with proper aftercare and regular visits to your dentist can last you for the rest of your life.
Because they are made from titanium, dental implants prevent the aforementioned problem of bone loss, and will keep your new teeth firmly in place. Full functionality will be restored to your jaw, like having a set of healthy natural teeth back.
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Choosing dental implants to replace your missing or failing teeth could be one of the best decisions you make. At Moor Park Dental Centre in London, our skilled implant dentist has carried out scores of successful implant surgeries, from simple one-implant-one-crown procedures to complex full-mouth restorations involving sinus lifts and one grafts.
A permanent solution to tooth loss
Dental implants are the only way that a dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. Placed straight into your jaw bone during minor oral surgery – carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation here at our London practice, or at a local hospital if you require general anaesthetic – implants are best thought of as bionic tooth roots. Titanium screws, they form a strong bond with your jaw bone and act just like natural tooth roots to support your new teeth – crowns, dentures, or a bridge.
Why you should replace missing teeth
At our London clinic, we are always keen to stress the importance of replacing missing teeth one way or another. If you don’t, your remaining teeth are likely to tip, tilt, and become crooked as they shift into any gaps, making them harder to keep clean and increasing your chances of further tooth loss.
As well as making you embarrassed about smiling or laughing in public, gaps in your mouth can impact upon your speech and even your diet, potentially limiting you to soft foods or a liquid diet and making it much harder than it should be to maintain good nutrition, which can have a devastating effect on your general health.
Often, dental implants are the best way to replace your missing teeth because of their permanence and their natural functionality.
With proper care, dental implants and the new teeth attached to them should last you for many years – often for the rest of your life.
With dental implants, a dentist has a permanent way to replace your missing teeth. London specialist clinic Moor Park Dental Centre can treat anything from a simple single crown restoration using one dental implant to a complex full-mouth restoration, involving several implants and additional bone grafting or sinus lifting work to build up the density of your jaw bone before your implants are fitted.
At our London clinic we understand that choosing dental implants is a big decision, but we also think it is one of the best choices you can make – an investment not just in your smile, but in your oral and general health, and in your future.
Below are some common questions about dental implants. Should you not find an answer to your question here, contact our London clinic and we will be happy to help you.
What are dental implants?
Implants are bionic tooth roots made out of titanium, placed in your jaw bone during minor oral surgery. They can be used to replace one, some, or even all your natural teeth.
Is it a complex surgical procedure?
In most cases, no. The placement of dental implants is meticulously planned beforehand, and most patients only require local anaesthetic. Conscious sedation is also available at our London clinic, along with general anaesthetic at a local hospital.
What are the advantages of implants?
Implants have numerous advantages over standard bridges and dentures. They are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth, and the only option that replaces tooth roots and prevents bone loss. Your new teeth will stay firmly in position so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence, and no work is needed on any remaining natural teeth, meaning they stay strong and healthy.
Are implants expensive?
They may initially seem more expensive than other tooth replacements, but because they are permanent they should be considered an investment in your smile and your health.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for many patients with missing teeth. At Moor Park Dental Centre, London, our skilled implantology team can treat even complex cases where additional work is required to rebuild your bone density prior to placing your implants. That means that even if your own dentist has said you are unsuitable for implant treatment because of bone resorbtion, we can help in most cases.
The benefits of dental implants
There are many life benefits to be gained from choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth. They are the only permanent tooth replacement option, and the only way a dentist can replace your tooth roots.
This is important not just to ensure that your new teeth stay firmly in place at all times, without the slippage problems and messy cements associated with traditional dentures, but also to prevent resorbtion, which is common in patients who have lost several or all of their teeth. This helps to prevent premature sagging of the facial skin, which can make you look old before your time.
The stability provided by dental implants means that you won’t have any restrictions on your diet, and can eat whatever you like, making it easier to get good nutrition. Your new teeth will look and act just like natural ones, which is a major boon for your self-confidence.
We accept referrals from across London and beyond for implant treatment. When you come in for a consultation we will provide you with a complete treatment plan, so that you know exactly what to expect.
In most cases dental implant placement is carried out under local anaesthetic. We do also offer conscious sedation at Moor Park Dental Centre, whilst if you require general anaesthetic you will be treated as a day patient at a local London hospital.
Choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth is one of those decisions that could change your life. At Moor Park Dental Centre, London, we have a highly experienced implant team and a unique collection of specialists who are able to provide anything from a single implant and crown restoration to a complex full-mouth restoration including additional bone grafting procedures to rebuild bone density.
We accept referrals from dentists across London and beyond for implant placement. We believe that an investment in dental implants is more than just an investment in your smile; implant treatment can also be hugely beneficial to your general health.
How dental implants work
With dental implants, a dentist can replace lost tooth roots. These small titanium screws are placed directly in your jaw bone and form a very strong bond with it. They are osteoconductive, which means that they support bone growth, and when your new teeth are attached they will look and function just like the real thing.
For a single tooth replacement procedure, we will place one implant with a crown attached. If you have lost several or even all of your natural teeth, a series of implants and either an implant-retained bridge or denture will be used.
The good news is, in most cases of multiple tooth replacement, you won’t need as many implants as teeth. A full jaw of teeth can usually be supported by between four and eight dental implants; your exact requirements will be ascertained by your dentist when you come to our London clinic for your initial consultation.
Because they are in direct contact with your jaw bone, your implants will hold your teeth firmly in place. You will be able to eat whatever you like, making it easier to maintain good nutrition through a healthy, balanced diet.
With dental implants, a dentist can permanently replace missing teeth. At Moor Park Dental Centre in London we can treat even the most complex of implant cases where additional work is needed to rebuild bone density prior to implant placement.
We accept referrals from other dentists from across London and beyond for implant surgery. Particularly in the case of complex procedures, it is not always possible to carry them out in a general dental practice. Moor Park is fully equipped for such procedures and is staffed by a unique collection of dental specialists.
Choosing dental implants is a big decision, which could be one of the most important choices you make. We understand that you will have questions about implant treatment; if you can’t find what you are looking for here, our team will be able to answer your queries when you come to our London clinic for your first consultation.
How do dental implants differ from other tooth replacement products?
Dental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth, and are the only way to replace tooth roots. They integrate with your jaw bone, helping to prevent bone resorbtion as well as holding your new teeth firmly in place.
What does surgery entail?
Implant surgery usually just requires a local anaesthetic, although we can also use conscious sedation if you are nervous. Treatment under general anaesthetic can be provided on a day patient basis at a local London hospital.
The placement of dental implants is intricately planned before surgery, so the actual procedure won’t take too long.
Can I have new teeth straight away?
This depends on your individual circumstances, and will be discussed by your dentist at your initial consultation. Sometimes new teeth are attached on the same day, other times a healing period of approximately six weeks is necessary.
Dental implants are the only permanent way for a dentist to replace your missing teeth. At Moor Park Dental Centre in London we can treat even the most complex implant cases, giving you back a fully functional jaw full of teeth as well as an attractive, natural-looking smile.
How dental implants work
If you ask any dentist to name the most exciting innovation in the world of dentistry of the past three decades, dental implants may well be the answer you get. Extensive research and development has been undertaken in the field of implantology for the past 30 years, enabling dentists to provide a long-lasting, realistic, and cost-effective solution for patients with one or more missing teeth.
The long-term success rate of dental implants is upwards of 90%, and every year more and more people are reaping the benefits of permanent tooth replacement.
Dental implants are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a small operation, carried out here at our Londondental clinic under local anaesthetic or sedation. Patients requiring general anaesthetic can be treated as day cases at a nearby hospital.
Once they are in position, your implants will mesh with your jaw bone, creating a very strong bond on to which your new teeth will be attached. Sometimes, this can be completed as a “same day” procedure, whilst in other cases you will require a second appointment at our London clinic approximately six weeks after your implants are fitted. This varies from case to case and will be discussed by your dentist at your initial consultation.
Your dental implants and new teeth will look and function in just the same way as natural teeth, enabling you to enjoy a full and healthy diet once more, with none of the restrictions associated with traditional dentures.
At Moor Park Dental Centre in London, we offer treatment with dental implants to patients who have lost one or more of their natural teeth. Thanks to the unique and skilled team at Moor Park, we are able to treat even the most complex implant cases.
We welcome referrals from dentists across London and beyond. Any dentist who refers their patient to our clinic will receive full and detailed reports at all stages of treatment.
Many patients considering dental implants have a head full of questions. Below are some common questions and answers on the topic of implants; you are also welcome to ask any additional questions you may have or raise any concerns during your time at our London dental clinic.
Are dental implants for everyone?
In 2016, more people than ever before are able to have treatment with dental implants. Previously, low bone density (common in patients who have worn dentures for many years) was a barrier to treatment, but thanks to the skill of oral surgeon Dr Bhat at our Londondental clinic, even complex cases that require bone regeneration can be treated with relative ease.
How do dental implants work?
Implants are the only way a dentist can replace the root of one or more missing teeth. They are placed straight into the jaw bone in an operation under local anaesthetic or sedation here at our London clinic. Over time, they integrate with the bone, providing a strong anchor for new teeth in the form of crowns, bridges, or dentures. General anaesthetic is also available for particularly nervous patients. In this case you will be a day patient at Bishop’s Wood Hospital.
Will I struggle with eating?
Not at all. After healing and restoration have taken place, you will be able to eat whatever you like – not just soft foods.
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- Chapple et al, J.Clin. Periodontol Volume 42, Issue S16 April 2015, Pages S71–S76
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