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Dental implants: common questions answered

If you have been referred to our London dental centre for dental implants, you are likely to have some questions about what treatment entails. Below are answers to come common queries; if you can’t find an answer to your question here then please get in touch with a member of our team, who will be more than happy to help you.

What are dental implants?

dental-implantsDental implants are replacement tooth roots. They are made from titanium and are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone in a minor operation, carried out here at our modern London dental centre. After a healing period, permanent new teeth are attached to the top of your implants.

Operation? Does that mean I need a general anaesthetic?

No. In most cases we find that the placement of dental implants requires just a local anaesthetic. However, if you are anxious or nervous about dental treatment, we can also provide implant placement under sedation at our London clinic.

Do I get my new teeth straight away?

In most cases, your dental implants will be left to heal for a few months before permanent new teeth are placed. During this time your implants will mesh with your jaw bone, providing anchorage for your new teeth that is as strong as natural tooth roots. Temporary teeth may be fitted, or you may be able to continue wearing your old dentures until healing is complete, so you need not worry about being left toothless.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

The advantages of implants are numerous. They are the only permanent way a dentist can replace your missing teeth, and the resulting restorations will look and act just like your natural teeth. That means you can eat and smile with confidence, with absolutely no danger of your teeth falling out.