Dental implants are changing the way people live their lives and here at Sparkle Dental Boutique they are fast becoming the tooth replacement option of choice for many people who have one or more missing teeth. Implants help you to chew, smile and speak with confidence. They restore your self esteem.
Dental implants are permanently inserted into the jaw. They look, feel and function like natural teeth and truly are the next best thing to having your own teeth. We can use them to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or to secure a denture. In older patients, implants are often used to replace an entire mouthful of teeth lost to disease.
A full implant restoration consists of:
- The Dental Implant
- A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that is placed into the jaw. It acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth.
- The Abutment
- The abutment is an attachment which connects the dental implant (on the lower part of the abutment) to a crown (on the upper part of the abutment). The abutment will not be visible once the crown is fitted onto it.
- The Crown
- A replacement tooth called a crown is created and placed on to the abutment. Where several teeth are missing, a bridge can placed on an implant abutment, and where all teeth are missing, removable and fixed restorations can be supported either by implants or implant bars.
Who can have implants?
Anyone who needs one tooth or more missing teeth replaced and is in good general health can have dental implants.
The process takes a series of appointments. First, a thorough assessment of your mouth is carried out including x rays and our implant dentist then determines the position of the implant. The soft tissues are then prepared under local anaesthesia. A small hole is drilled into the jaw bone in which the dental implant is placed.
After the bone has grown around the implant, which takes about two to six months, a crown, bridge or over-denture is placed onto the implant.
Sparkle Dental Boutique, near Hounslow, West London, offers many treatments, including dental implants. To book a consultation regarding dental implants, please do not hestitate and get in touch today.
Several missing teeth on either side of the upper jaw were restored with implant supported bridges, making it easier for the patient to eat, speak and smile.