Dental implants are one of the fastest-growing areas of modern dentistry. They provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, one which is both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.
If you’ve lost one, a few or perhaps all of your natural teeth, for whatever reason, you will know how distressing this can be. You may find yourself embarrassed about smiling and public speaking, could be struggling with ill-fitting unsecured dentures and might even find your diet restricted, putting many healthy options off the menu. In many cases, dental implants offer the perfect solution, and our Harley Street dentists can help.
So, what is a dental implant? Many people colloquially refer to dental implants as replacement teeth, but this isn’t technically correct. Dental implants are in fact replacement tooth roots. They are small, titanium screws that are placed directly in the jawbone, where they integrate with the bone and provide support for replacement teeth in the form of crowns, bridges and secured dentures.
At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our implants team are highly experienced and renowned for their implant treatment. Mr Steve Dover, Dr Pedja Pavlovic and Dr Charlotte Stilwell are all fellows of the International Team of Implantology and are all involved in education in implant dentistry. Their expertise is recognised in the UK and abroad, and as they are all a cosmetic dentist on Harley Street, their patients feel comfortable in their expertise.
Implants are placed in your jawbone in a minor surgical procedure, which can be carried out under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your preference. There are several options for implant treatment, but in general they are left to heal and integrate with the bone for a few months before replacement teeth are attached to abutments on the top of the implant. The results look and act very much like natural teeth.
While a single missing tooth will need one implant to replace it, it is also possible to support several new teeth with a single implant. The exact number of implants you will need will be discussed at your dental implant or cosmetic dentistry consultation with our Harley Street dental team.