At our dental practice in Camden, London, NW1, we are often asked about dental implants. Along with the other treatments that we offer, dental implants are becoming more and more popular with patients who have lost teeth or have gum disease that is threatening their teeth.
The loss of teeth is a bitter blow for many people and can have a very adverse effect on their self-confidence. Having teeth that are missing or wearing dentures that are unreliable can have a very ageing effect as well. The clients we see are often very disturbed by the state of their teeth and the impact that the situation is having on their general well-being. A winning and confident smile is something that all of us would want and if, for any reason, we find ourselves feeling self-conscious about our missing or loose teeth or a less than perfect look, the results can make a very negative impact on our lives and the way we see ourselves. To have to give a talk with dentures is terrifying and to imagine wedding photos that show a missing tooth or uneven smile is also the stuff of nightmares.
Dental implants will offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. The dental implant is, in essence, a substitute for the natural root of a tooth where a cylinder shaped screw is inserted into the bone to hold the implant. Each implant is placed into a socket that has been carefully drilled at the precise location of the site intended to be the new tooth. This procedure can be done in stages, with the sockets being placed with temporary dentures and the teeth added at a later date. It is also possible for the whole process to be completed in one day. In this case the teeth are removed and the implant placed and the teeth added all on the same day.
Implants often have screw-threads on their outer surface so they can be screwed into position and if it does not have a screw; it will usually be tapped into place. In our Dental Clinic in Camden, before any implant treatment can take place, it has to be established that there is enough bone for the implant to be inserted in. If the bone is weak or too thin, bone grafting from the jaw is often employed to allow sufficient bone to grow.
The success of any implant will depend on the successful implantation in the surrounding bone. This is essential for the stability of the implanted teeth, which should over time, be steadily enhanced by a further growth of bone. Support for the replacement teeth, the dental implants, is assured with some form of an internal screw thread or post space that will allow for the various components necessary to be fitted. Once fitted, these components will provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures as well as replacement teeth.