Dental implants: an introduction
Dental implants are the only permanent way that a dentist can replace your missing teeth. At Moor Park Dental Centre in London, our implant work is carried out by Dr Bhat. In addition to being highly experienced in implant dentistry, Dr Bhat is a specialist in both oral surgery and prosthodontics – the field of dentistry that deals with the restoration and replacement of teeth.
At Moor Park Dental Centre we accept referrals from across London and beyond from dentists with patients requiring dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Implants are small titanium screws that replace the root portion of one or more missing teeth. Titanium is used because of its high degree of compatibility with the human body, alongside the fact that it is osteoconductive – supportive of bone growth.
The placement of dental implants requires a minor oral surgical procedure, which is carried out by oral surgeon Dr Bhat here at our modern London dental clinic. Once your implants are in position, they will be left to heal and integrate with your bone for a period of months. After healing is complete, your permanent new teeth – be they crowns, a bridge, or dentures – can then be attached to abutments on top of the implants.
The advantages of dental implants
Dental implants have numerous advantages over other tooth replacement options. As well as the aforementioned fact that they support bone growth – thus preventing the problem of bone loss that commonly occurs when teeth are missing – they create an anchor for your new teeth that is just like that provided by natural tooth roots. This means that your new teeth will stay firmly in place, and you will be able to eat a full, healthy diet – unarguably beneficial to your dental and general health and wellbeing.
The new teeth attached to your implants will look entirely natural, giving you renewed confidence to smile.