Dental Implants in Greenwich, South East London
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are the most advanced way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is a replacement root made most commonly of titanium which is implanted into the jaw in areas where a tooth or teeth have been lost. This then acts as a root and a replacement tooth can then be fixed to it in a similar way as a crown. They are currently the closest you can get to natural teeth and although it is impossible to beat or replicate a healthy natural tooth, it is often reported by patients that implants look, feel and function like natural teeth.
What does the treatment involve?
Most implants are placed under local anaesthesia similar to that used for fillings or extractions. They are inserted into the jawbone after incisions are made in the gums. After a period of time the bone into which the implant is placed will attach to the surface of the implant. A small metal pin is then fitted onto the implant upon which a final restoration in the form of a crown or bridge or over-denture is fixed. The time required to complete treatment also differs from patient to patient and their individual treatment plan.
Who qualifies? /Are you suitable? /Range of treatments
There is hardly anybody who is not suitable for implant treatment. With the exception of rare intravenous medical treatment all other medical conditions, managed during implant treatment, can lead to a successful outcome. It goes without saying that your dentition must be healthy and free of gum disease. Even patients with severe loss of bone in their jaws or several missing teeth or even no teeth left at all will qualify for implant treatment, although this might require a more complex treatment plan like growing or transplanting new bone.
What to expect after treatment/Aftercare
When treatment is completed you can expect to use implant supported teeth in a very similar way to natural teeth and will need ongoing daily cleaning and maintenance just like normal teeth. However, failing to clean around the implants on a daily basis will result in probable failure. Regular inspections by the dentist will also form part of the ongoing maintenance programme.
Is it painful?
Most patients are pleasantly surprised as to how little pain is experienced after implant placement. Often none or just a couple of pain control tablets are needed on the day after the procedure. Some swelling as well as bruising for a few days after surgery can also be expected.
How safe are implants?
Implants are completely safe and you will be made aware of any anatomical structures that are at risk of damage in your particular case. Any anatomical structure at risk of damage, and every measure we take to avoid this damage will be outlined in your treatment plan. In spite of this, there might still remain a very small statistical risk which will be discussed with you before you go ahead with treatment.
It can be accepted that a well- integrated implant that is well maintained in a healthy mouth can last many years with a good possibility that this can last you your lifetime. A small percentage of implants fail and can be due to smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and poor plaque control.
The cost of single implants compares favourably with conventional bridges while more complex cases can cost considerably more. Your treatment plan will also include a very accurate estimate of all expected fees which is usually around £2,500 per implant.
The benefits of implant treatment include reliability, comfort and conservation of the adjacent teeth. More importantly, bone support and prevention of further bone loss as well as confidence in a secure dentition and improvement in overall health as oral health improves.