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Dental Implants from the Tooth Implant Centre

The Tooth Implant Centre's are in Putney SW15, Fulham SW6, Battersea SW10, Richmond TW10, Brentford TW5, Parsons Green (Fulham) and Wimbledon SW16 London UK. Our dental implant suites are fitted with the latest and safest equipment, enabling our staff to employ the most recent techniques with the best equipment, including a CT Scanner and Biohorizon dental implants.

Our team of dentists routinely attend post-graduate courses, and in some cases lecture them, so they are always informed of advances in dental implant technology.

We have been performing dental implant surgery since 2001 and our staff will put your mind at rest with their knowledge and experience. Our pre and post dental surgery techniques and procedures are second to none and our patients are fully informed throughout using visual aids and a friendly smile!

We also act as a referral practice for dental implants and our dental CT scanner.

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Dental Implants - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dental implant?

The dental implant serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It is machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V) to exacting specifications. A dentist places the implant into either the upper or lower jawbone. After a period of time, the implant integrates with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a replacement crown, a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a complete denture.

 

Am I a candidate for a dental implant?

If you are missing one or more teeth due to trauma, tooth decay or gum disease, then you may be a candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist will be able to discuss your individual clinical situation. Dental implants will allow you to smile, speak, and eat with confidence and comfort.

For surgery you will need to be of good health and the remainder of you teeth will need to be healthy and free from tooth decay or gum disease. Other conditions will need to be treated before surgery.

Also, there needs to be enough bone on the jaw for implant surgery, so we will need to check for bone density using a CT scan. There are bone grafting techniques available for borderline patients.

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Why should I have a dental implant?

Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can have physical and cosmetic consequences.  The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet that can result from tooth loss. While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: bone loss.

Your jawbone needs the chewing action of the teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong.  Otherwise it will begin to disappear (atrophy) in the same manner that the unused muscles beneath a cast supporting a broken bone get smaller. Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to look prematurely aged. The good news is that tooth replacement with dental implants offers a solution to help prevent bone loss.

Can an implant be used as an alternative to root canal treatment?

YES! Not all teeth are good candidates for root canal treatment. Root canal treated teeth are susceptible to decay and fracture, while implants are not susceptible to decay and almost never break. Bio Horizon implants are an excellent and prudent alternative to the root canal, post and core, crown lengthening, and crowning procedures. A lot of patients are referred to the implant centre because of failed root canal treatment.

Is the implant ever rejected by the body?

The implant is machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V), which is a biocompatible material. However, there is a slight possibility that it will not integrate with bone. If this were to occur, the implant would be replaced with another one. It is highly unlikely that the second implant would not integrate.

What if I smoke?

Smoking can inhibit proper healing of an implant. However, this does not prevent smokers from having implants successfully placed and restored. However, the implant is twice as likely to fail in a smoking patient than a non-smoking patient. You should speak with your dentist for more specific information relating to your dental needs and the effects of smoking.

How much pain will I experience?

Usually mild to minimal. While undergoing treatment, you will receive local anesthesia. (Some clinicians may choose to use other forms of anesthesia.) You may have mild post-surgical soreness for up to 72 hours. An over-the-counter pain reliever will alleviate the discomfort for most patients.

What will the appearance of my mouth look like during my treatment?

During treatment, your dentist may be able to provide you with a transitional prosthesis that will have the look and feel that you need during this period of healing. With our implants, it is often possible to have a fixed transitional tooth immediately after the placement of the implant.

How much time is required to have an implant procedure?

A single dental implant placement is usually completed in less than an hour as an office procedure with local anesthesia.

The implant is then allowed to heal with the bone to form a solid graft. This usually takes 3 or 4 months in the lower jaw and 5 or 6 months in the upper jaw. During this time, the head of the implant usually remains hidden under your gum.

Once you have been given the all clear you can then have your crown, bridge or denture made and fitted.

If you have poor quality bone and bone-grafting procedures are necessary, the overall process can take up to 12 months or more. Your dentist will determine which surgical procedure is best for you.

How much will dental implants cost me?

Costs of dental implants vary depending upon the complexity of the procedure, as you may require a graft, a sinus lift, or multiple implants. A basic tooth implant with no additional costs will be approximately £1800. If you require multiple implant treatments the cost per implant usually reduces do the reduction in surgery time. Please consult the centre for more details or a free consultation*.

We offer interest free dental loan that will allows you to make payments more easily, please call our team for more details.

In general, implants are not covered by insurance. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist or your insurance provider.

How do I properly maintain the implant once treatment is completed?

Ironically, dental implants require less maintenance than a natural tooth. Simply brush and floss as though it were a natural tooth. Remember, regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are required for long-term health and success of the implanted teeth and your natural teeth.

How long does a dental implant last?

If your body accepts the implant, it should last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.

What is a sinus floor bone augmentation?

When an upper posterior tooth is lost, the floor of the maxillary sinus drops down into the space formerly occupied by the root of the lost tooth. In order to place an implant, it is often necessary to put the sinus floor back up to where it originally was by adding a synthetic bone substitute. This procedure is called a sinus floor bone augmentation or a sinus lift.

What is a ridge split?

After the loss of a tooth, the bone formerly around the tooth is resorbed - often leaving a very narrow ridge of bone. In order to place an implant, the ridge of bone is split as though it were a piece of corrugated cardboard being expanded to provide a wider space between each side. For the upper jaw, this is accomplished at the same time that the implant is placed; the lower jaw requires a second surgical visit approximately three weeks later.

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a surgical procedure for adding height or width to a jawbone in order to increase its volume for the placement of an implant.

How can I learn more about Biohorizons Dental Implants?

For more information please visit www.biohorizons.com.

* You must first register with the practice.

We are listed on freeindex.co.uk as tooth implant expert in the London area

For more information contact the TOOTH IMPLANT CENTRE.

The Tooth Implant Centre is part of the Perfect Smile Dental Surgery.