The big problem for makers of artificial teeth is how to get them to stay still. Dentures adhere to the gums, bridges are fixed to neighbouring teeth. Neither is an ideal solution. What teeth need are roots. Just like trees, they need to be anchored into the bone beneath if they are to withstand the powerful forces created by chewing.
But finding root material is not easy. The human immune system is there to protect us from invaders this includes artificial tooth roots. However, all that changed back in the 1950s, when a Swedish scientist discovered that the body treats titanium in a super-friendly way, and titanium tooth roots were invented.
Today, dental implants in Harley Street have become most people’s first choice if they have to replace teeth. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we regularly transform people’s lives by giving them back their full chewing power and teeth that look as natural as the ones they lost.
Getting dental implants in Harley Street
The process starts off with an in-depth consultation, where we look at your teeth and also at your jawbone, which needs to be in good condition if it’s going to support metal screws used for chewing. If your jawbone has deteriorated, it’s possible to improve it with bone grafts and sinus lifts, or we can use very long implants that anchor into your cheekbones.
We draw up a detailed treatment plan, with costings and a time schedule, so that you know how the treatment is going to pan out. You will also be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like. It’s important to feel comfortable about getting dental implants in Harley Street.
We insert dental implants using a local anaesthetic. This is plenty to numb the jawbone, which has few nerves in it. It can’t make you less anxious though, so we offer oral or intravenous sedation to nervous patients.
After the treatment, you will need to wait up to 6 months for your implants to integrate with your jawbone before you will be up to full chewing power.
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