Dental implantology is a term used for those surgical procedures which seek to replace a tooth that had to be extracted or was completely beyond repair because of tooth or gum diseases. Top dental workers, technicians, and dentists alike agree that dental implantation is currently the best way to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a tiny surgical titanium screw, which is made to physically replace the root of a missing tooth. This is how it works:
During the first phase of the treatment, the titanium dental implant is inserted into your jaw bone, which is a surgical procedure lasting 20-25 minutes. The procedure occurs under local anaesthetic. To prevent infections during the healing period (which lasts up to 4 months) we place a healing cap on top of the implant itself.
During the second visit, 2-6 months after the initial implantation, the implant will be uncovered and the abutment placed on top of the implant itself. The crown, which is the same color and shape as the living teeth next to it, will be adhered to the abutment. Please note that dental implantation can only occur if the patient’s jaw bone has enough bone density to house the implant.
It might be the case that a patient does not have enough bone material, and this can be for a number of reasons (old age, osteoporosis, accidents, the tooth has been missing for a long time etc), then a bone graft might be necessary. These bone grafts simply mean a procedure in which extra bone tissue is inserted into your jawbone. This procedure can be had during the initial dental implantation surgery, or before it. Please note that after getting a bone graft, your healing time might be longer!
A dental implant is made up of three distinct parts:
- a titanium screw (this is the actual dental implant, below the gum line)
- an abutment
- a crown
Dental implants can hold not just one but several implants, a smaller bridge, or even an entire arch of teeth.
The implant is made of titanium, and the statistics show that they stay good for 15-20 years on average. We have implants that come with a 5 year guarantee, and ones that come with a 10 year guarantee. The reason for this is because dental implants will stay good only as long as your oral hygiene is good, but they can last the guaranteed amount under most any circumstances (unless you eat rocks and gravel).
Crowns can be made from porcelain, metal, or a fusion of the two. Crowns are like a cap on top of the tooth stub, they put it on after your tooth has been fabricated to be the same color and shape as its neighbours.
Dental implantation is a well established and safe procedure; it has become a routine operation among surgeons. After a finished implantation, with the proper precautions taken, 90% of the times the implants last 15 years.
A dental implant, with everything included, abutments, crowns and all, costs Ł1528 at our dental clinic, while most London dental practices offer it for around Ł2000 GBP. We can offer it at this low price because we have our own dental technician. We are open long hours for all of our patients, and we await all of your needs and wants, always looking to the customer first.
Futhermore, we offer personalised Finance Options for our Patients!