Dental implants are the only permanent way your dentist can replace missing teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we benefit from the skills and expertise of some of the UK’s leading implantologists, who can restore your smile with dental implants whether you have lost one, some, or even all of your natural teeth.
How dental implants work
A dental implant is a small screw, made from titanium and placed directly in your jaw bone by your dentist in a small surgical procedure, which is carried out here at our Harley Street dental clinic. The implant serves as an artificial tooth root, on to which new teeth – be they crowns, bridges, or dentures – can then be securely attached. Dental implants integrate with your jaw bone and provide a stable base for your new teeth – just like natural tooth roots.
Depending on your clinical need and the number of teeth that need replacing, it is often possible for one dental implant to support several new teeth. Your dentist will carefully plan your implant placement prior to surgery, ensuring that your implants are placed in exactly the right location and at exactly the right angle to support your teeth and withstand the forces generated by biting and chewing. Many patients at our Harley Street clinic who require all the teeth in one jaw replacing are pleasantly surprised to discover that just four precisely-placed implants can support a full arch of new teeth.
Are implants right for everyone?
More people than ever before are having both their smile and the functionality of a full set of teeth restored by dental implants. Even if your own dentist has told you that you are unsuitable for implants because of bone loss (perhaps you have been wearing traditional dentures for some years) the implant surgeons at our Harley Street clinic may be able to help, by carrying out an additional procedure to rebuild your bone.