Dental implants have revolutionised the control individuals with artificial teeth have over their oral functions. People who have lost one or more teeth may benefit from dental implants to secure a dental restoration or a dental prosthesis.
Replacing missing teeth
Teeth may be lost due to tooth decay, gum disease or oral trauma. Leaving a missing tooth gap places pressure on remaining teeth and may make them more likely to weaken or move out of their proper positions. At Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the city of London we provide patients with options in replacing missing teeth.
Choices to replace missing teeth include crowns, bridges, and dentures. Any of these dental restorations may be anchored to a dental implant for greater retention and stability.
Dental implants to replace missing teeth
Dental implants consist of a titanium post and abutment that are inserted through the gum tissue into the jaw bone to replace missing tooth roots. The titanium post fuses with the natural jaw bone over an approximate six week period through a process known as osseointegration. However, certain dental implants may be immediately inserted and anchored with a dental restoration after a dental extraction.
There are different types of dental implants that may be used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures. Some dental implants are partial and replace only a few missing teeth on a dental arch. Four or six dental implants may be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth.
Suitability for dental implants
Our implant dentist assesses each person’s oral health for suitability of dental implants. Not all people may be good candidates for dental implants, depending on their jaw bone width and bone density. Some may need a bone augmentation or sinus lift procedure first before dental implants may be inserted.