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At Thurloe Street Dental and Implant Centre we have used dental implants to replenish lost teeth with great success. We are advanced practitioners of this dental technique and can replace single or multiple lost teeth in one sitting.
A dental implant is a titanium screw which is embedded into the jaw bone to act as a new ‘root’ for a replacement tooth or crown. The crown fills the gap and replenishes your smile.
Titanium is used for the implant as it is proven to bond well with the jaw bone by a process known as Osseointegration. Over time, it becomes fully incorporated into the mouth’s system.
Dental implants are the preferred options for replacing missing teeth, as they are fixed in place, can be looked after in the same way as natural teeth and are built to last.
You may have lost a tooth due to decay or trauma, or have had a tooth extraction. Whatever the reason, if you would like the gap left behind to be filled, our dentists can start the dental implant process almost immediately to restore your smile.
A gap in your teeth not only poses a cosmetic problem, it also poses problems to your long-term dental health. A missing tooth can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth and ultimately a permanent change in your facial appearance. Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your quality of life as you may not be able to enjoy some of your favourite foods and you may feel self-conscious if the gaps are visible when you smile, making you smile or laugh less.
If gaps are left in the teeth, the bone around the missing tooth’s root begins to erode. Adjacent teeth can collapse into the gap, while teeth in the opposing jaw can grow into the gap. In the long term, missing teeth can cause the bone in the jaw to be resorbed or to gradually become weaker and break down. This in turn weakens the adjacent teeth which may become loose and eventually fall out. Therefore, the loss of even a single tooth can start a chain reaction which if left untreated can lead to permanent and irreversible damage.
Dental implants are the closest replacements to your natural teeth. They are “artificial roots” that are firmly anchored into your jawbone and serve as replacement for missing teeth. Research has shown that the biocompatible material a dental implant is made of and its cleverly engineered design mimics your missing root. The bone fuses to the implant as it thinks it is a real root. This helps restore the bone levels in your gums, maintaining strong and healthy bone level which is the foundation for your teeth.
Once the dental implant has fused into the gum, a natural looking crown or tooth can be fixed to the implant to feel and function like a natural tooth. With proper diagnosis and planning, implants have a high success rate and it is no wonder that each year many patients choose to have implants placed. There is a growing trend towards implants considering the high success rate.
Dental implants we use at Thurloe Street Dental and Implant Centre are made of high grade pure titanium. This material is proven to be highly biocompatible with the body’s living tissue. Any adverse reactions of titanium with the human tissue are extremely rare.
We use a variety of high quality implant systems depending on your clinical situation. These include Straumann, Osteocare, Nobel Biocare and Megagen implants.
Although dentures are a cheaper option, today, more and more people are choosing dental implants over dentures to replace missing teeth. Patients who opt for dental implants, enjoy a more comfortable and enhanced chewing ability, as implants are strongly and permanently attached to the jawbone. Dentures on the other hand can slip, come loose, move around in the mouth, often causing discomfort. Dental implants are permanent solutions, requiring no glue or adhesives.
Research has proven implants restore and preserve the structure of the bone and the remaining teeth, maintaining your facial structure and keeping you looking young, whereas wearing dentures can lead to the deterioration of the jaw bone, which can lead to aging of the facial structure. Dental implants therefore, not only offer better cosmetic and comfort related benefits, they also allow for better overall dental health.
Regardless of the reason of tooth loss, you can have dental implants placed if the jaw is not growing anymore and there is enough healthy bone in the jaw to allow for the secure and stable placement of the dental implant. Our dental surgeons do not advice dental implants for patients who have a history of heavy alcohol consumption, smoking, or other medical related conditions such as diabetes or heavy clenching and grinding (bruxism), as these may interfere with the integration of the implant and its long tern success.
The dentist will see you for a thorough consultation to evaluate your suitability for dental implants. The dentist will need to ensure your jaw bone can hold the titanium implant. We can do this through a series of dental x-rays or in some instances, you may be referred for a CT scan. A CT Scan, unlike an xray, is a 3D image showing the density of the bone.
If the dentist refers you for a CT Scan, a further consultation is arranged to discuss the results and findings of the scan. After this, the placement of the implant is planned if the bone levels are good.
During the implant placement appointment, the implant will be placed into the jaw bone and left to heal. During this time, the dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to fill the gap. Once the site has healed, which is usually in 6 months, a permanent crown will be placed and the gap in your teeth will be permanently filled.
Dental implant placement is relatively pain free and the procedure usually takes place under general anaesthesia. Our implant dentist is expert with a caring and gentle touch and your comfort is always a top priority at Thurloe Street Dental and Implant Centre.
We offer dental implant placement under intravenous sedation for those patients who are anxious of dental treatment. Intravenous sedation for implant placement is offered by prior arrangement at an additional cost. Our dentist will discuss this option at your implant consultation, should dental anxiety be of concern to you.
Usually the entire treatment including diagnosis and planning takes 6 to 7 months depending on whether any sinus lift or bone grafts are needed. Implants need careful planning and execution and to deliver precise treatment with long lasting results, our dentists use the latest most cutting-edge technologies such as guided surgery and piezo surgery. The implant takes around 6 months to sufficiently fuse with the bone and during this time, a temporary tooth is used to fill the gap.
After the implant has sufficiently integrated with the bone, the temporary is removed and replaced with a permanent crown.
Implants cannot be felt once placed. Titanium implants become a part of you as the material is fully biocompatible and fully integrates with the human tissue.
Implants usually last a lifetime, however they need dedicated care and regular dental visits and cleanings to prolong their longevity. However, our dentists recommend that the longevity of the dental implant primarily depends on how well you care for your teeth and your implant. Statistically, likelihood of an implant still being present after 10 years is 90%.
With careful preparation, our dentists minimise the risks of any potential risks or complications during and post procedure. However, implant placement is a surgical procedure and is associated with certain risks including swelling and bruising. Usually any swelling, bruising or mild pain which may occur will often disappear after a few days with the help of anti inflammatories and pain killers which we will provide in your post procedure care pack.
It should be noted that poor oral hygiene, smoking, periodontal disease or other medical conditions such as diabetes are contraindicated for dental implant treatment and depending on their severity, our dentists might not recommend dental implants if any of these are assessed as a risk factor during your implant consultation.
The cost of implant treatment will vary from person to person depending on whether a sinus lift or bone graft is needed to strengthen the bone. The price of an implant inclusive of a ceramic crown is £2900. There is a discount for additional implants if needed.
We also offer interest free finance for 12 months and at a small percentage for a longer term to make treatment affordable. Many of our patients tell us they find our finance options helpful and often the difference between having treatment or not.
With finance, dental implants can cost as little as £88 per month with no upfront payment. (Payments calculated using 9% interest over 36 months). Applying for finance is simple and quickly done at our dental practice with our helpful practice manager Theresa Eugenia.
Thurloe Street Dental and Implant Centre is a well-established, multi-disciplinary clinical centre located in the heart of South Kensington. Our practitioners have undertaken extensive training and invested in the best technology including enabling them to deliver the very best results.
All our practitioners are registered with the General Dental Council and the Care Quality Commission and have many years of experience in working expertly with a wide variety of dental treatments.
Please click here or call 020 7584 5551 to book your consultation with our implant dentist now.