Dental Implants London

Dental Implants London

A dental implant is a surgical procedure used to replace missing teeth. The implant, typically made of titanium, is placed into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. The implant then fuses with the natural tissue surrounding it, a process called osseointegration. After a healing period, the implant is ready for an abutment, a connector that links the implant to a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. This can restore multiple missing teeth and prevent surrounding teeth from drifting, which can change your bite, lead to possible bone erosion, and even affect your speech.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Certain aspects of your health must qualify for dental implant placement. Your dentist will help you reach the necessary level of health with preparatory treatments if needed:

  • Bone density: In order for implants to successfully integrate with your bone, there must be enough bone remaining at the site. If your bone requires enhancement, a bone graft procedure might be needed before placing the dental implant.
  • Oral health: Your teeth must be cavity-free and your gums clear of periodontal disease.
  • General health: Since the implant placement is surgical, it is important to ensure that your level of general health will see you through the procedure and allow for proper healing.

The Dental Implant Process

The root-form implant is the most common type, consisting of three main components:

  1. Implant screw: Made of titanium, it is surgically placed in the bone and fuses with it during the healing process.
  2. Abutment: Metal connector that attaches to the top of the implant screw and serves as the base for a crown, bridge, or denture.
  3. Crown: The manufactured tooth that fits on top of the abutment.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Closely resemble natural teeth and fuse with bone for permanent stability.
  • Eliminate the need for slipping dentures and allow for normal speech.
  • Function like natural teeth, allowing for comfortable eating and improved self-confidence.
  • Do not require altering neighboring teeth, preserving overall oral health.
  • Durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.

Commonly Asked Questions

  • Success Rate: Generally high, around 90-95% for healthy individuals with good oral hygiene.
  • Eligibility: Typically suitable for most healthy adults, but determined by the dentist after a checkup.
  • Pain and Recovery: Usually performed under local anesthesia in a dentist's office, with minimal recovery time.
  • Consequences of Not Replacing a Missing Tooth: Can lead to jawbone shrinkage, changes in appearance, and loose surrounding teeth.
  • Comparison to Other Treatments: Considered more cost-effective and beneficial in the long run, requiring less maintenance.

If you think you may need dental implants, please book an appointment with our dentists at MEK Dental. Our experienced team provides excellent dental implant services to our patients in London.

If you are looking for a dentist in London for Dental Implants please call us at (519) 668-7635 or book an appointment online.