Dental Implants – what are the benefits?
Dental Implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth – they help in restoring bite force similar to that of your natural teeth. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that help prevent loss of the jaw bone and prevent the face from changing its shape. The can be used to address the following –
- Missing tooth (or a couple of teeth) – A Dental Implant is a permanent teeth replacement solution that comes closest to replacing your natural teeth. It is the gold standard or premium option for replacing a missing tooth (or teeth). If you are missing a couple of teeth, Implant Retained Bridges supported by an underlying dental implant can be a secure and permanent solution.
- Missing teeth on either side of the jaw – dentures have traditionally been used to fill missing teeth on either side of the jaw. However, Implant Retained Dentures are increasingly becoming very popular, giving patients a more permanent and secure option.
- Broken or uncomfortable dentures – Implant Retained Dentures are a permanent, stable and more secure option as compared to traditional dentures. They are smaller in the mouth, more natural looking and more comfortable to wear, allowing for normal chewing and eating.
How can I choose a good Dental Implants provider?
An experienced implantologist is one of the biggest factors for placing a successful dental implant, providing the patient with a natural looking, permanent teeth replacement solution. We recommend choosing a dentist who has extensive academic and research credentials and also many years of practical experience in placing dental implants. At Whites Dental, Dr. Michail Vavalekas, our Implants Dentist, is exactly that – he has extensive experience in placing dental implants and has numerous qualifications and certificates in Implantology and Periodontology to his credit. Dr. Michail is currently undertaking a PhD degree at the prestigious Eastman Institute in London, in the department of Periodontology. He is also often involved in poster presentations at the Academy of Osseointergration and attends at lectures and seminars with leading names in the field of periodontology.
The quality of the implant system and type of system used also play an important role in the long term success of dental implants. Many dental implant systems exist in the market; again, we would recommend using only long-lasting, reliable, high-quality systems – systems with a proven track record of success. At Whites Dental, we only use the best and most reliable implant systems and equipment. When comparing dental implant prices, we advise patients to compare like for like prices – newly introduced and often low quality implants are typically cheaper, aren’t as reliable and don’t last as long as well-established high-quality systems.
The Dental Implant procedure – what does it involve?
The procedure below is only meant as a guide to give an indication of the dental implant procedure. The actual procedure can often vary based on individual needs.
Initial Consultation – During the first appointment, our dentist will conduct a comprehensive dental exam, take X-rays of the mouth and discuss various treatment options available. The dentist will also provide a recommended treatment plan to you. An OPG (specialist x-ray) is often taken on or immediately after the initial or first consultation.
Dental Implant Placement – Placing a dental implant is a simple relatively minor surgical procedure that can often be performed in 1-2 hours typically. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation if the patient requires it. The dental implant (or metal screw) is placed into the bone, acting as the anchor for the whole overlying prosthesis.
Healing Collar And (/ Or) Temporary Crown – Dental Implants can often take six weeks or sometimes longer to fuse with your bone. The implant dentist will place a healing collar (also called as a healing cap) on the head of the dental implant, helping guide the gum tissue to heal in the proper way. Once the gum tissue has healed, the dentist will remove the collar and move onto the next step of the procedure. During this period, a temporary denture or bridgework can be worn by the patient.
Impressions – Once integrated, the dental implant can be brought into function with a variety of restorative teeth options – these can range from a single crown, a bridge or even a removable over-denture. Impressions will be taken to allow the dentist to create a well fitted restorative solution.
Restorative Fit – Once the restorative solution – crown, bridge or over-denture is prepared and ready to use, the dentist will fit it over the dental implant, completing the implant procedure.
After the procedure is completed, we advise the patient to visit us for a review after six months and then usually on annual basis (or at an interval the dentist recommends).
|Implants Consultation||from £50|
Price is per tooth and depends on type of implant. Includes Dental Implant & Crown.
Highest Quality Implants
We only ever use the best and most reliable implant systems and equipment. Dr. Michail is a very experienced dental Implants dentist, providing patients the best chance of success.
We advise our patients to compare like for like prices – lower quality dental implants are usually cheaper, don’t last as long and aren’t as reliable as well-established high-quality systems.
Whites Dental provides Dental Implants to patients in Central London. We are conveniently located in London Waterloo SE1, right next to Southwark Tube. We are also a 5-10 mins walk from London Bridge, Waterloo, Southbank, Borough, Southbank and Elephant &Castle stations. Please visit our homepage for more details about us.