West Wickham Dental Practice offers high quality dental implant treatment in Bromley, Beckenham, Orpington, Shirley and Croydon. Previous experience has dictated that with the variety of dental implants currently in the market, we aim to use well researched and established implant suppliers and following the highest quality surgery guidelines for the placement of implants. Dr Anhaar Mohamedali has a special interest in dental implants trained at The Cambridge Academy of Dental Implantology.
Dental Implants are replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. They are comfortable and stay in place allowing you to speak, smile and eat with confidence.
Losing a crown means losing the visible part of your tooth, however, if you lose the root as well, you have lost the unseen part of your tooth too. The root anchors the tooth to your jawbone, acting as a foundation for the crown. Without the root, the bone around the missing tooth will gradually recede causing the remaining teeth to shift. If this is allowed to continue chewing will become more and more difficult. The bone shrinks after tooth loss and therefore reduce the support for dentures. Loose fitting dentures can cause further problems and lead to sore gum tissue and additional pain.
A dental implant is made of titanium and shaped like a screw. The dental implant is placed into the jawbone and serves as a secure root for the new tooth. Once the dental implant is in place, several different types of dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges or dentures, can be attached.
There are several situations where dental implants may be considered:
- Dental Implant replacement of a single tooth
- Dental Implant replacement of several teeth
- Dental Implant replacement of full upper or lower jaw
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small screws designed to replace the root of a tooth and are intended for use in either the upper and/or the lower jaw to support prosthetic devices, such as artificial teeth. By integrating with the jaw, they enable restorations that range from replacement of a single tooth to an entire arch of bridgework, or as stabilizing elements for overdenture applications. Dental Implants used in our practice are manufactured from titanium, which is both biocompatible and strong.
Are you a good candidate for Dental Implants
Patients with certain medical conditions or taking multiple medications may be at risk of unpredictable and/or poor healing capacity of either their bones or their associated soft tissues. Therefore, it is essential to have an open and frank conversation with your dentist before making any final decisions. Fortunately, there are currently very few complete contraindications to this procedure.
Precautions for Dental Implants
Dental implants should not be used in patients that have inadequate amounts of bone to permit the placement of implants in sufficient size and numbers to support their biomechanical loads. Mechanical failures, including fatigue fracture of implants, prosthetic screws, and/or abutment screws, may occur if dental implants are insufficient in size or number to support their biomechanical loads, or are not properly positioned.
What are tooth restorations?
Tooth restorations are fillings, inlays/onlays, crowns, bridges, veneer/laminates and abutments. They are used in the restoration of existing teeth, the replacement of missing teeth, or the restoration of dental implants.
- A filling is what restores a cavity or hole in the tooth.
- An inlay/onlay are like large fillings, but made outside the mouth and then attached to the tooth like a crown.
- A crown is a tooth-shaped cap fitted over an existing tooth or an implant.
- A bridge is two or more crowns joined together to replace a missing tooth, or teeth.
- Veneers/laminates are a very thin layer of porcelain fixed to the front of the tooth to improve the surface.
- An abutment is small fixture fitted to the top of an implant and serves as a foundation for a crown.