Dental implants typically are used to support a range of restorations such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
There is a wide variety of types of implants now available that are used to achieve different goals.
But the one thing they all have in common is that they anchor the restoration so that the artificial teeth can correctly do their job.
Dental implants also prevent the adverse effects of missing teeth.
The shape of a dental implant is similar to that of a screw with threading around it. This thread not only facilitates the implant insertion into the correct location but also encourages bone growth into the implant, thus “locking” the implant into the jawbone.
This process is called Osseointegration. It usually takes anything from 3 to 6 months to occur correctly.
Osseointegration allows for a structural and functional connection between the bone and the implant. There is no soft tissue formation at the interface between bone cells and the titanium of the implant.
The bone’s bony tissue (osteoblasts and supporting connective tissue) migrates into the anatomy of the dental implant. Thus, bone is directly connected with titanium and with no other tissue in between, including scar tissue.
This process of a living tissue connection with an inert alloplastic material has revolutionised medical science.
Once the dental implant has firmly embedded into the bone, it can support several restorative options such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
Osteointegration anchors the implant “root” to the bone – fixing it in place.
As a direct result of being in the jawbone, the dental implant also stimulates and maintains the bone around the implant.
This is just as it would with natural roots in the bone – this is an essential benefit of implants.
When teeth are lost, the bone ends up losing its function and purpose. The gradual bone loss in the jaws can give an aged appearance as the jaws become thinner.
Bone loss is one of the main reasons why dentures become loose over time. The loss of teeth means that the bone no longer has any purpose. For this reason, we usually recommend that if you have a tooth extracted, you consider its replacement with an implant sooner rather than later to prevent this type of bone loss.
- We can help establish monthly payment plans.
- We provide 0% finance for up to 24-month term plans. Many patients find our payment plan option very useful.
- Terms over 24 months will be low-interest bearing.
- If you want to consider this option, we will need to carry out a few credit checks.
- We can discuss payment plans at both the Hertfordshire & the London clinic
At The Perfect Smile, we understand that patients may be naturally nervous when thinking of undergoing dental implant surgery.
We want to reassure you that the dental implant treatment is not painful due to the proper use of local anaesthetics to numb the bone and gum deeply.
We can also use sedation techniques that also contribute to no pain or discomfort. More.
Single Dental Implant Timeline
- Step 1: We will start the process with a highly detailed and thorough comprehensive examination and assessment. We will then construct a customised treatment plan and design your implant treatment.
- Step 2: An implantologist surgically places your new implant(s) in your mouth.
- Step 3: We will assess your healing on this review appointment and make sure everything is going as planned.
- Step 4: The dentist records and impressions to construct the implant’s top part (post and crown).
- Step 5: The dentist will fit the final part of the implant (post and crown).
- Step 6: Your final appointment allows you to have any further refining cosmetic enhancements or minor adjustments.
- When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone that holds the tooth in place will diminish in height, width, and volume. This may affect the immediate and final appearance of the gum tissue in this area and possibly the surrounding teeth.
- The larger the width of bone or the height of the bone, the wider and longer implant can be. A wider and longer implant increases implant stability and thus success. We assess the bone height and width by taking digital radiographs or by taking a CT Scan. More.
The price of a dental implant can depend on whether any further treatments are needed to make sure your implant is a success.
Our inclusive single dental implant treatment costs £2995 and includes the abutment and crown. More.
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and tissues, the artificial titanium implant acts as an ordinary root. The longevity of your implant depends on how you improve and maintain your oral health. Read more.
There isn’t an age limit for dental implants. However, our dentists recommend that if you have to be over 18 for the dental implant procedure. Read on.
A dental implant offers a wealth of oral health benefits. Not only can an implant improve your smile, but it can also realign neighbouring teeth, protect your mouth from gum disease etc. Read the benefits.
“If treated correctly, dental implants can last from ten to twenty five years or more.”
Once the implant has fused with your jawbone and tissues, the artificial titanium implant acts as an ordinary root.
The longevity of your implant depends on how you improve and maintain your oral health. Read more.
How much do implants cost?
The price of a dental implant can depend, for example, if any further treatments are needed to make sure your implant is a success, like bone regeneration.
Our inclusive single dental implant treatment costs £2,995 and includes the abutment and crown. More.
Is the process painful?
You can expect to feel some pain when having a new implant; however, the discomfort is kept to a minimum with modern anaesthetics. Nevertheless, post-process, there can be some swelling and aching for 5 -10 days.
Many patients have multiple implants in a single day without undue pain or distress. More.
Will my implants match the colour of my existing teeth?
Implants are colour matched and then shaped to blend in with your existing teeth. To the naked eye, an implant is very hard to spot.
Highly experienced team
Unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD.
With over 25 years of dental implant experience, Dr Rahul Doshi proudly leads a highly-skilful team that has access to the latest dental technology.
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Medically reviewed & updated on November 30, 2021