Author: Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre
If you’re living with missing teeth in London, dental implants can make a big difference to your quality of life. The team at Moor Park Dental is highly experienced in providing implants for a wide range of tooth loss situations. Even if you have complex dental needs, we can work with you to find a remedy that will restore dental function with long-lasting and stable new teeth.
The process of receiving dental implants in London
The process begins with an in-depth consultation at our contemporary dental practice. The team will talk to you about your dental history, and assess your current oral hygiene. As well as healthy teeth and gums, you’ll need sufficient bone density to receive the implants. Some preliminary work may be needed to achieve this. Working to a meticulous treatment plan, we’ll keep you fully informed at each stage of the process.
Then, in a minor surgical procedure, you’ll have small metal posts placed into your jawbone by a highly experienced dentist. After a period of healing, you’ll return to the practice to have your new teeth securely affixed to the posts. From start to finish, the whole process can take several months.
Having dental implants in London will benefit your health in several ways:
- The jawbone forms a secure bond with the implanted posts, giving your new teeth a secure base. You can use them just like natural ones, biting into and chewing your food as you used to;
- Your smile will look much more appealing, and you won’t have to use adhesives to keep the new teeth in place;
- Your facial bone structure will maintain its robustness. You won’t develop the sunken look that can be associated with long-term tooth loss;
- Speaking can be a more comfortable experience, as certain words might be easier to pronounce with the new teeth;
- The new teeth are easy to clean, making good oral hygiene easier to maintain.
A comfortable future
The benefits of dental implants in London will last for a long time. Provided they’re properly looked after, your new teeth could last for decades. They’re a long-term investment in your future oral health.
Dental implants in London are a highly effective way to replace your missing teeth. At Moor Park Dental, we have many years of experience in providing long-lasting replacement teeth for a wide range of tooth loss situations. We treat complex cases as well as straightforward ones with a high level of care. Our implant dentistry techniques can be used to stabilise existing temporary replacements, too, freeing you from the hassle of using adhesives for your dentures.
Reasons to choose dental implants in London
Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons. They may gradually become victims of decay and disease over several years, or suddenly be fractured in a sporting injury. Once they’re lost, the remaining teeth have to work harder to perform their tasks, and the material of the jawbone may start to deteriorate. Plus, gaps in the smile tend to be visually unappealing, and this can lead to unhappiness about one’s self-image. Having dental implants in London can bring a lasting improvement to your quality of life.
It can take several months to complete the treatment. It will begin with an in-depth consultation at the dental practice. Our friendly team will talk to you about how you’d like to improve your teeth. We’ll take detailed images of your mouth, and check your oral hygiene. Some preliminary work may be needed before you’re ready to receive the implants.
Then, in a minor surgical procedure, our highly experienced dentist will place one or more small metal posts into your jawbone. After a period of healing, you’ll return to the practice to have your new teeth attached to these posts.
The many advantages of having dental implants in London
- Implants enable you to enjoy biting into your food again. There’s no chance of the new teeth falling out during dinner;
- They are easy to clean and don’t require any adhesives;
- Speaking can be easier, because the stability of the new teeth enables you to pronounce certain words more fluently;
- Your facial bone structure will retain its integrity. You won’t develop the sunken look that can happen when removable dentures are worn for a long time.
If you are thinking about getting dental implants in London, you may be wondering if there will be any complications, and if so, what will happen. More than 300 dentists across the UK refer their patients to Joe Bhat at the Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre when they know that dental implant surgery is going to be complicated.
If you have been referred here, or think you might be, then you are going to be in very good hands. Dr Bhat is so skilled and experienced at fitting dental implants in London that he no longer deals with straightforward cases. We hope this allays any fears, but don’t worry, because when you come for your initial consultation, Dr Bhat will allay them in person.
The pain barrier
The thing that many people worry about is how much pain there will be when they get their dental implants fitted.
You’ll be relieved to know that there are far fewer nerve endings in the jaw than in the teeth, so dental implant surgery is immediately going to be far less painful than say, root canal therapy, which is what many people compare implant surgery too. This means that dental implant surgery can be carried out very comfortably using just a local anaesthetic. However, if you get anxious not just at the thought of the pain, but also at the sound from the drill or the sight of needles, then you may well opt for sedation.
There are two forms of sedation: oral and intravenous, and one is deeper than the other.
This sedation comes in the form of a tablet, which you take about an hour before your surgery. It will deeply relax you and you will feel very peaceful throughout the surgery, but will still be able to communicate with us.
This is administered directly into the bloodstream and the levels can be adjusted throughout the surgery. You will probably fall asleep through the treatment, and remember very little of it afterwards.
If you need to, it also possible to receive your dental implants in London under general anaesthetic at a nearby hospital as a day patient.
People lose their teeth for many reasons including age, illness and accidents. If you find yourself with missing teeth then you will know that even the simple act of smiling can feel like an ordeal due to the visual impact of gaps. Lost teeth also inhibit your ability to eat a full diet and can affect the way that you speak. You may have considered dentures or bridges and these used to be the only option. However, many people now benefit from dental implants in London. They act in the same way as natural teeth roots so are stable and comfortable. People who have implants with us at Moor Park Dental enjoy the fact that they can eat a full range of food and love their smiles again.
How do dental implants work?
Implants are small titanium screws that are inserted into the jaw during a minor operation. The bones and blood vessels of the jaw mesh around the implant, stabilising it and ensuring that it stays in place. When it is secure, it is used as a base for crowns, dentures or bridges. We find that improved techniques mean that we can fit dental implants in London in as little as two months. In many cases we can even place the implants and attach the new teeth in one day so you do not have to wait to enjoy your new smile.
What if my case is complex?
We pride ourselves in our ability to deal with all cases whether they are simple or more involved. The usual factors that lead to people being told that they cannot have implants is poor oral health or insufficient bone density in the jaw. Our team can deal with these situations so that everyone can experience the benefits of dental implants in London. We can perform bone grafts, where tissue is taken from another part of the body to strengthen the jaw, so implants can be fitted.
When implants are in place, the biting and chewing action sends vibrations into the jaw. This stimulates the tissues and prevents the shrinkage that can occur when there are gaps or the teeth are replaced with other techniques.
Many people put up with missing teeth for years because they do not realise that there is a viable solution. Gaps are unsightly but can also cause issues with eating and speaking. Often patients tell us that they struggle with dentures.
Whether you are coping with missing teeth or having to deal with unsatisfactory replacements, you may find that social or professional interactions feel very difficult. At Moor Park Dental, our patients who have dental implants in London find that they look natural as well as being stable and comfortable. This means that you can eat your favourite foods again and smile with confidence. Implants also improve the health of the jaw as they act in the same way as the root of a natural tooth. The vibration caused by chewing stimulates the bone and tissues and prevents degeneration and loss which can happen when gaps are left or missing teeth are replaced in other ways.
How do dental implants work?
The implants replace the natural roots of teeth so are completely hidden within the jaw. Having dental implants in London involves a minor operation in which a small metal screw is inserted into the jaw. During healing, the bones and tiny blood vessels of the jaw mesh around the implant, ensuring that it stays in place. When it is secure, it can be used as a base for one or more replacement teeth. The new teeth are individually made to match the tone and appearance of any existing teeth for a natural look. We carry out work on complex cases for our own patients as well as accepting referrals from other dentists so that everyone can benefit from dental implants in London.
How long do implants last?
Just as natural teeth need regular attention, you will need to look after your replacement teeth. The avoids them developing a coating which can affect other teeth or the health of the gums. We will advise you on how to care for your new teeth and, with the correct care, implants can last for several decades. If they are properly maintained, having dental implants in London is a long-term investment in quality of life and a great smile.
It can be challenging to decide what to do after losing a tooth or even lots of teeth. Fortunately, there are several options available.
The first – and some may think the easiest – option is to leave an empty space where the tooth was removed. While this may be the least expensive option, it will result in unsightly gaps between teeth and can also make chewing difficult. In addition, other adjacent teeth can sometimes drift into the empty space, which can cause problems with the bite and even gum problems too. The answer you have been looking for could be dental implants in London, at Moor Park Dental.
How can they help?
Dental implants in London are usually composed of two major parts: the implant, which acts as an anchor in the jaw, and the crown, which is the tooth part visible in the mouth. Dental implants in London are also a great option because they do not affect adjacent teeth, and they look, feel and function just as natural teeth do.
Why not just have partial dentures?
Many of our patients prefer dental implants in London over partial dentures as implants are fixed in place and do not need to be removed at night. Implants can also look nicer, as they do not have hooks or clasps that can be visible when smiling.
How about a conventional bridge?
In situations where the natural teeth are completely healthy, shaving or reducing them to prepare for a bridge can damage them unnecessarily. Furthermore, should any of the natural teeth be lost for any reason (such as tooth decay or gum disease), the entire bridge will usually be lost as well.
In contrast, dental implants in London do not affect the adjacent crowns; they are placed only in the positions where teeth are missing, and do not rely upon the neighbouring teeth.
Which option to choose?
Ultimately, the method chosen to replace missing teeth depends on many factors, including your concerns, finances and goals you require from your treatment. A frank discussion between yourself and your dentist here at Moor Park Dental will help to determine which treatment is the right one for you.
Dental implants are a transformative treatment that can last you for the rest of your life. Implants are so durable and permanent because they work with the natural function of the jawbone to effectively restore missing teeth.
Dental implants in London and elsewhere act as artificial tooth roots that can support a range of different tooth replacement options.
Here at Moor Park Dental, oral surgeon Dr Joe Bhat is highly skilled in dental implant treatment, so much so that he is referred to by over 300 other dental practices in the UK. We’re confident that you’ll receive quality care when you choose to have dental implants in London with us.
How dental implants can protect your natural teeth
If you have experienced tooth loss, dental implants to fill the gaps can actually help to protect the rest of your natural teeth. As implants provide the same stimulation to the jawbone that a natural tooth root does, the jawbone is encouraged to remain dense and strong.
Whether you have lost a single tooth or more, over time your jawbone will begin to shrink and change shape, along with your gums. This can put your remaining teeth at risk of damage.
The implant procedure
To have a dental implant placed you will need to undergo a minor surgical procedure to create a hole in the jawbone. The implant is screwed into this hole, with the aim of having as much contact between the titanium implant and the jawbone to encourage the two to fuse together over time.
Once the healing period is over, a single false tooth, bridge or dentures can be attached to replace any number of missing teeth.
Dentures that are loose fitting and troublesome can be supported by dental implants that firmly fix the dentures in place, bringing a whole new world of practicality and usability.
Implants can function just like natural teeth but without being susceptible to tooth decay. If they are looked after properly they can last a lifetime.
Most people won’t be able to tell you’ve had dental implant treatment as the final result is a natural look and feel.
Dental implants can be a truly life-changing procedure. With such an important investment, you are surely looking for the best care available to you to carry out the procedure.
Here at Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre in London, Dr Joe Bhat is our resident implant surgeon.
Dr Joe Bhat is a renowned implant surgeon who has devoted his practice to dental implant surgery for more than 16 years. As a result of this, he has placed over 5,500 dental implants and over 300 dental practices in the UK refer to him for complex implant surgeries.
If you choose to get dental implants in London with Dr Bhat you’ll be in very safe hands.
Your implant journey
In your first visit to the surgery in London you will be invited for a one-hour appointment with Dr Joe Bhat. In this appointment, you can discuss your concerns and specific needs. This appointment may include x-rays, written reports and a suggested treatment plan.
You’ll also receive a cost estimate for your surgery. If you have been referred to us by your usual dentist, a complete treatment plan will be forwarded to your usual dentist for their records.
As some cases are more complex than others, you may need to have a CT scan of your jaw to accurately plan how the dental implants will be fitted.
Thanks to developments in dental technology, treatment times have drastically reduced to just over two months compared to six months previously. In some cases, we may even be able to provide ‘same day’ implants.
In London, dental implants require a minor surgery to be fitted. In this surgery, a small hole needs to be created in your jawbone. This allows the implant screw to be fitted firmly in place. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the pain, and sedation can be given.
Over time the bone will heal and integrate with the screw. This creates an extremely durable and stable base for whichever tooth replacement option you need to get back on with your normal lifestyle and enjoy the foods you love. You could be back to normal much faster than you imagined.
The key to successful teeth replacement is to choose a method that mimics human biology as closely as possible. They have several functions that the replacements need to be able to fulfil, and at Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre, we recommend dental implants in London as the best way to replace lost teeth.
But why even bother replacing them if you’ve only lost one or two? Let’s take a look at why dental implants in London are vital for the full functionality of your mouth.
Strong and stable
Teeth play a vital part in eating. If we cannot chew our food properly, we cannot assimilate the full range of nutrients we need for optimum health and this becomes ever more important as we age. In order to exert the full force needed to break down the food for swallowing, we need teeth that can withstand strong multidirectional forces, and that’s why natural teeth are anchored into the jawbone. Dental implants are the only replacement method that restores the root of the tooth as well as the crown, giving you back the freedom to eat whatever you want.
When the replacement teeth are anchored into the jawbone, as they are with dental implants in London, they stay perfectly still, allowing you to enunciate your words clearly. This is the second important role of the teeth, to allow us communicate with others. When we worry that we can’t be understood, we tend not to speak so much and can end up unintentionally isolating ourselves.
When we aren’t worrying that our teeth are going to slide around in our mouths, we are far more likely to smile and laugh out loud. Smiling and laughing allow our bodies to release our natural happiness chemicals, such as serotonin, and our happiness levels go up. The less we smile, the more likely we are to feel depressed.
Our tooth roots, and therefore dental implants too, send signals to the jawbone to regenerate. Without these signals, it actually dissolves itself and the jaw shrinks, giving rise to a prematurely aged, sunken look as the face collapses inwards.
If you have been referred to Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre for dental implants in London, you may be wondering what is going to happen when you come along for your appointments. You may also be a little nervous, or even very nervous. This is entirely natural. Even though in London, dental implants have been around now for more than 30 years, until you need them, you have probably never heard of them. And, if you have been asking your friends and family, you may have heard stories that have made you anxious.
Our oral surgeon, Dr Joe Bhat, is probably one of the most experienced implant surgeons in the country. He no longer does simple implant procedures.
So, let’s have a chat about what will go on during the minor oral surgery procedure during which your implants will be placed.
Let’s talk about pain. Dental implant surgery is nearly always carried out under local anaesthetic. This is because the jawbone has far fewer nerve endings than the teeth, so there is less pain to be had in the first place.
Dr Bhat will be drilling into your jawbone in order to create the channels into which the implants will be either screwed, if they are screw-shaped, or tapped, if they are posts. If you hate the drilling, and many people do, then we can offer you sedation. This can be in the form of a tablet, which you swallow about an hour before your procedure. Sedation can also be intravenous, which is administered through the back of your hand straight into the bloodstream, and has immediate effect. Both forms of sedation will make you deeply relaxed. You may even drift off, but can be roused if necessary.
Occasionally, some patients elect to have their dental implants in London inserted under general anaesthetic, which can be done as a day patient at a hospital near Moor Park Specialist Dental Centre.
It is far better to admit that you are anxious and get the sedation you need than to avoid having the help you need. Teeth are a vital part of our bodies and our health, and implants are the best way to replace those that have been lost.