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Dental Implants in London

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jawbone surgically —it helps to hold a prosthetic tooth or teeth in place. The implant also functions similarly to the natural tooth root.

The term “implant” is used to refer to the entire replacement tooth; this is a mistake many people make. Implant relates only to the part inserted into the jawbones.

Teeth or dental implant is useful in cases where tooth loss has occurred as a result of an accident or medical condition. Some people might choose to have an implant for cosmetic reasons. The result of a dental implant is to give an artificial tooth or teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

Single Tooth Implants

Single tooth implants are used by dentists to replace a lost tooth in patients. This implant is usually placed through a surgical procedure in an opening that is made by the dentist in the jawbone. This implant, when attached to the jaw bone integrates to the bone and plays the role of a new root for the crown that will be taking the place of the missing teeth. The crown has the design of the natural teeth and is placed on top of the implant to cover the space created by the missing tooth.

This procedure can only work for patients who have enough bone in their jaw; the bone has to be dense enough to provide support for the implant. In the cases where the patient’s bone is not enough, the patient will have to go through a procedure known as “bone grafting” so that the bone can be augmented. Aside from the bone, the gums and remaining natural teeth of the patient too must also be in good shape.

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Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants look just like the regular implant structurally; the only difference is that the mini implants are a bit smaller in size - these implants have two parts: the titanium post which has a ball attached to its end, and an O-ring socket which is used for attaching the artificial tooth to the post. Their diameter ranges from 1.8 - 3.3 mm and length 10 - 15 mm compared to the regular implants whose diameter which ranges from 3.4 - 5.8 mm. 

Full Mouth Dental Implants

This option is considered by patients who have lost all their teeth. These are fixed permanently in place, unlike the implant-retained dentures.

Many people prefer fixing their teeth than having to remove them for cleaning. A single root does not have to be inserted for each tooth — a single implant is strong enough to support several teeth if well placed. 

A solution such as all-on-4 implants will make it possible for a full set of teeth to be placed on just four implants on the lower jaw. The upper jaw might require six because the bone density is more moderate.

The implants are placed at an angle of 30 or 45 degrees to make them have a stronger hold. This is cheaper than the traditional implant that requires 8 - 10 implants in each jaw. This type of implant is only available in titanium because zirconium cannot be placed at sharp angles. An added benefit of this all-on-4 implant is that the entire surgery is completed within a day.

This does not require visits to the dentist, and that is also why they are nicknamed “teeth in a day”.

If you are wondering which dental implant or prosthesis is right for you, contact us on Harley Street, London to have the opportunity to discuss your option with a professional. Or you can call us on 02071830755 to book an appointment. 

Who Is Suitable For An Implant?

To be qualified to undergo this procedure, you should have strong and healthy gums — a strong jawbone that can support the new root is also necessary.

People who have underlying oral health problems like gingivitis might not be suitable for this surgery. Also, people who have bone loss caused by tooth abscess might not be a candidate for this.

However, in many cases, dentists can carry out a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone and make it fit for the implants. A mini dental implant is another alternative for patients who can not have conventional implants. This procedure is similar to the larger counterpart, but the difference is that a thin root is used instead. It is about the width of a toothpick — less bone is needed to hold this in place.

A mini implant is an option for you if you can not have implants due to low bone density or jawbone loss. These mini-implants can be fitted in a single visit, and you do not have to wait for 3 - 6 months for the implants to settle.

Step By Step Procedure For Dental Implants

Implantology also is known as implant dentistry and has several stages. This procedure is carried out by a dentist who is well-trained and experienced. This procedure is usually carried out by an oral surgeon or a periodontist.

Preparation

An examination will be carried out before the operation. Your dentist will review the nerves, bone structure, and sinuses around the area to be treated.

During this process, an X-ray of your jaw would be carried out, and other scans that are required. This will help your dentist access your oral structure and the current state of your jawbone.

Your teeth and gum will be examined, and related problems will be treated before the implant surgery is carried out —a patient whose jawbone is damaged or have low density will need a bone graft to help strengthen the jaw — this process involves the removal of a bone from another part of the body like the pip or shin. The implant procedure will be delayed when you have a bone graft —it can take 3 – 12 months before the bone can support an implant.

Extraction is another process that can prolong the implant. This is carried out to reremove a damaged or a decayed tooth. When this is carried out, you will have to wait for a month or two — in some cases, the implantation to be carried out after the extraction.

Placing the dental implant

The implant is either placed in or on the jawbone, and it is an outpatient procedure which means you do not have to stay ion the hospital overnight.

A local anaesthetic is used, and nervous patients usually request for an IV sedation to make it less painful and stressful — this stage consists of several steps.

First, an incision will be made in the gum to reveal the bone, and then a hole is drilled in the place where the tooth implant is supposed to be. Then finally, the implant is screwed into place.

This is a complicated procedure, and there is little room for errors. Once a dental implant is in place, the gum is secured and stitched over it to protect the area from debris that might enter through eating. For a few days after the implant, you will experience some soreness, and you have to take special care when eating, drinking, and cleaning.

The complete healing process can take 4 - 6 months. During this time, the implant will fuse with the bone; this process is called osseointegration, which is why titanium is used because it is compatible with the bones.

Installing the abutment

The abutment is established once the osseointegration is complete. This extension protrudes from the gums and connects the crown or replacement tooth to the implant.

The gum above the implant is opened up again to put the abutment — a local anaesthetic is used, and it is an outpatient procedure. Once the abutment has been fixed, the gum around it is closed.

In some cases, both the implant and the abutment are fixed on the same day. No long-term side effect has been reported yet, and it is safe as far as the area has enough time to heal.

Your dentist can give you a temporary bridge or denture to wear while the tissue around the abutment is healing — it prevents people’s awkwardness when they see a metal stump poking out of where your teeth should be. The gum tissue should heal properly in two weeks

Fitting the crown

Once the area has fully recovered, you will go to your dentist to start the process of making your crown. Your dentist will take a fresh dental impression and shape the replacement tooth to fit into your existing tooth structure.

The colour of the crown will be matched to look like your other teeth, to make it look natural. The crown is attached to the abutment once it is ready.

Some bridges and dentures make use of a clip-on abutment that allows them to be removed for cleaning. Other types of bridges, like single tooth implants, are fixed in one place permanently.

Dental Implant Recovery

After each stage of this procedure, your body will require some time to recover. It is normal to experience some discomforts such as slight bleeding, pain around the area, bruised skin and gum, and swollen gum and face.

A lot of dental surgeons use stitches that dissolve when the wound heals. If self-dissolving stitches are not used, you would have to pay another visit to your dentist to have them removed. A day after your treatment, these whole symptoms should lessen. Contact your dentist right away if they are getting worse — you can eat on the opposite side of your mouth while the pain lasts.

You should also avoid hard or foods that require chewing for a few days after the surgery. This gives your implant time to settle. You also need regular checkup so that your dentist can check your progress.

once the process is complete and you have recovered fully, you can return to having your regular meals. Implants are as strong as your natural teeth, but you should still be careful how you use them.

Brush and floss daily to keep both your implant and your remaining natural teeth healthy.

Types of Root Reconstruction and Dental Implants

There are two main types of dental implants, and they include:

Endosteal Implant

This type of implant is inserted directly into the jawbone, and it holds one or more artificial teeth in place by the use of abutments —it looks like small screws which are either cylindrical or tapered.

Subperiosteal implants

This type has a metal base that is fitted under the gum tissue —but placed above or on the jawbone. This type of dental implant is installed in the same way as the first one, and they protrude from the gums. It is not as common as the first, but it is a good alternative for people who have shallow jawbones that do not support endosteal implants.

The Cost of Dental Implants in The UK

It is challenging to state the exact cost of implants because their prices vary, and this depends on a lot of factors like:

  • The condition of your gum
  • Your general oral health
  • How many implants are required
  • The current state of your jawbone
  • Whether a surgery such as a sinus lift or bone graft is needed
  • Whether an implant is necessary on the upper or lower joint and at the back or front
  • The type of tooth replacement and implant
  • Your location

Some dentist offers cheaper implants, do not go for this because they may not be of good quality and will cost you more in the future.

As a guideline, the total dental implant cost per tooth can be anything from £700 -  £2,900. Front teeth implants cost more than those at the back.

In the case of multiple single implants, the cost per tooth will reduce since you will pay for an X-rays and scans once. Mini implants are cheaper than conventional implants by 60 - 70% because the procedure is straight forward, and the materials are cheaper — a full dental implant starts from £25,000.

Book an Appointment for a Same Day Tooth Implant

We can examine you and pick the right treatment options for you, and if the Same Day Implant is not suitable for you, we will provide other suitable options. If the Same Day Implants goes for your case, we will do all we can to ensure successful treatment for you.

Visit our clinic in Harley Street, London, and meet with our dental team. You can also book an appointment by calling our customer care agent on 020 71830755.