Get replacement teeth that do a proper job

There’s nothing more frustrating than having to rely on something that never quite works properly: that smart TV that pixelates every time you get to the dramatic point in the latest must-watch TV series, a satnav that takes you on unnecessary detours when you’re in a hurry and false teeth that don’t have the power to chew like your natural teeth did.

Dental Implants in HammersmithAt Kings Dental Clinic, while we can’t help you with your satnav or your TV, we can replace dentures or bridges with dental implants, and we can probably do so even if you have previously been rejected for treatment because your jawbone has degenerated.

What’s so great about dental implants?

Dental implants are far more stable than dentures because they are fixed directly into your jawbone. The implant post, which is made of titanium, fuses with your bone, and becomes anchored so securely that you will be able to eat whatever you like again. Anyone who has had their diet restricted to soft foods because it’s all their false teeth can cope with will be delighted by this news.

You do need to have a jawbone that can grow new cells over the implant to bond with it, and, in the past, this was the main reason people were turned down for treatment. It may be that they had been without teeth for so long that the bone had shrunk away. Or perhaps they were a smoker or had uncontrolled type 2  diabetes. These days, we can often solve these issues. Smokers must stop smoking before they can be treated. Diabetics need to get their disease under control with a low carb diet and plenty of exercise.

We can then rebuild the jawbone with a bone graft, where we put extra bone material into the jaw and leave it for some weeks to bond with the existing bone. We can put it into either jaw. If your upper jaw is the issue, we can instead use extra-long implants that anchor through the jaw and into the dense cheekbones above.

These treatments do add time to the overall implant journey, but most patients are happy to do so because the benefits of implants are so desirable.

A long-lasting solution to missing teeth

When you have a problem to fix, you really want a solution that is not going to have to be fixed itself later on. Finding permanent solutions is pretty much impossible. However, finding one that has you thinking ‘job done’ when it’s sorted, rather than ‘job done for a few years, and then I’ll have to do it again’, is what most of us are after.

Dental Implants in HammersmithWhether it’s fixing the gaps in the roof, or the gaps in your teeth, a permanent solution is always going to be preferable to a temporary one. That’s why thatch went out of favour, and why dental implants are fast becoming the preferred way to replace missing teeth.

You see, dentures and bridges might be great for a few years, but they wear out and have to be replaced, usually somewhere between every 5–10 years. Unless you are in your early 80s, or want to live fast and die young, then dental implants could well end up being comparable in price to dentures and bridges.

The success rate of dental implants is very high at about 98%, and, as long as you take good care of them with twice-daily, diligent flossing and brushing to prevent plaque, they should last you for the rest of your life.

This is a good choice if you are fairly young and an accident, grinding, decay or infection have caused you to lose a tooth or two. You only need one implant to support up to three crowns in a row. You can expect it to still be going strong 30 or 40 years later, when you turn up at the pearly gates with your pearly whites in place.

As dental implants in Hammersmith from us at Kings Dental Clinic replace the root of the tooth, you also get to hang onto your magnificent jaw. You may not know that losing teeth leads to losing your jawbone, but, sadly, it’s true. Implants stimulate the jawbone cells to renew themselves. With neither tooth root nor implant, the jawbone thinks it’s no longer in use and dissolves itself. With implants, you get to eat whatever you fancy and stay younger-looking longer.

Dental implants – an amazing solution

When you visit Kings Dental Clinic, Hammersmith, dental implants are one of the great solutions that we use to replace missing teeth. They are arguably the best solution out there and, in some ways, they can improve on natural teeth!

dental-implants-in-hammersmithHow do I get dental implants?

The full process of getting dental implants in Hammersmith is best explained by a member of our team. This is because there are several steps involved and the more detail you get about each part, the better prepared you will be. Also, we can gather information on your set of circumstances by conducting an examination of your mouth, possibly taking x-rays and taking a health history from you.

Essentially, dental implants are inserted into the jaw where your tooth root would have been. They are then integrated into the jaw by the action of the bone which grows up around the implant. This gives you back your natural bite capability. You can choose the foods you really want to eat again based on your preference rather than the abilities of your teeth or dental replacement.

Better than natural teeth

If you care for them properly, your dental implants will remain the same over time. They will not age or get cavities. This does not mean that you can be cavalier about your dental hygiene however, because you still need to think of your gums which can get inflamed or infected as usual. Also, at Kings Dental Clinic, Hammersmith, dental implants only replace teeth that you have lost. Your remaining teeth, if healthy, can be left in the mouth and they will still need taking care of just as thoroughly as before.

Unlike other dental solutions for missing teeth, dental implants will not lose any of their functionality over time. They will remain strong and useable for a lifetime if you look after them properly.

We look forward to taking this journey with you and supporting you every step of the way. From initial consultation, through treatment and healing and then onwards to our excellent aftercare service. Our experienced team can tailor a treatment package to meet your needs and help you integrate your procedure seamlessly into your lifestyle.

What is the process for having dental implants?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth. They are the only permanent tooth replacement option and, thanks to advances in technology and techniques, more patients than ever before are now suitable for treatment with dental implants.

dental implantsIf you are interested in treatment with dental implants, your first step should be to book a consultation with an experienced implant dentist at our Hammersmith or Southwark dental practices. Your dentist will carefully examine you to assess your suitability for implants.

As previously mentioned, most patients with missing or failing teeth are now suitable for implant treatment, so it’s worth booking a consultation even if your dentist has previously told you implants are not for you. Smoking can affect the chances of your implants’ success, so you should consider using our smoking cessation service if you are a smoker interested in dental implants.

Patients who have been wearing unsecured dentures for several years may have experienced some bone loss, a common side-effect of losing your teeth. While this was previously a barrier to getting dental implants, at King’s Dental Clinic we are able to offer bone augmentation and sinus lift treatments, which help to regenerate your bone enough to provide a secure base for implants.

Implants are usually placed under local anaesthetic, although we are able to offer treatment under relaxation sedation for nervous patients. Your dentist will carefully plan the position of your implants to carefully avoid any nerves or other structures. Implant placement is a minor surgical procedure and any post-operative discomfort is usually manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.

Sometimes it is possible to place your new teeth at the same time as your implants, while in other cases you will need a healing period of a couple of months for your implants to integrate with your jaw bone. If this is the case you may have temporary restorations fitted for the duration of the healing period, so you’ll never be without teeth.

Replacing a single missing tooth with Dental Implants

There are many reasons patients lose a tooth. Accidents and injuries, tooth decay and gum disease can all lead to tooth loss. Particularly if the tooth is near the front of your mouth, this can have a serious impact on your self-confidence. A lost tooth can also affect your ability to bite and chew food, potentially restricting your diet.

dental implantsAt King’s Dental Clinic we would always recommend replacing a missing tooth. If you don’t, remaining teeth may become crooked as they move into any gaps, potentially becoming more difficult to clean and increasing the chances of further dental health problems developing. One of the most popular ways to replace a missing tooth is by using dental implants.

Dental implants are small titanium screws that your dentist places in your jaw bone during a minor surgical procedure. They integrate with the bone and act as replacements for the root part of a missing tooth.

Many patients at our Southwark and Hammersmith dental practices report that this is more tolerable than having a tooth extracted, and in most cases it can be carried out under local anaesthetic. We do also offer implant treatment under sedation for patients who are nervous or dental phobic. Our principal dentist has many years of experience using relaxation sedation to help nervous patients get treatment.

To replace one missing tooth with a dental implant, your dentist will usually attach a crown to the implant, replacing the visible part of your tooth. Once your implant has been placed, there is usually a healing period of a few months before your final, permanent crown is attached. This crown will be carefully matched to the colour of your natural teeth, ensuring a highly realistic result.

Your new, implant-secured tooth will look and act just like a natural tooth. With proper care your implant will last for many years – a lifetime in some cases.

Replacing missing teeth with Dental Implants

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way for patients to replace missing teeth. As the population in general lives longer, more and more people are looking for a reliable, permanent way to replace their natural teeth. In many cases, dental implants are the perfect solution.

dental implantsAt King’s Dental Clinic in Hammersmith and Southwark, our skilled implant dentists have helped many patients of all ages to restore their smiles with dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that your dentist will place directly in your jaw bone using a minor surgical procedure. Titanium is very compatible with the human body, and a huge advantage of implants is that they are osteoconductive – promoting bone growth and integrating directly with the bone. This means that they provide a firm support for new teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridges, acting as they do like bionic tooth roots.

Who can have dental implants?

The good news is that these days most people are suitable for implant treatment. Thanks to advances in technology and techniques, our implant dentists at King’s Dental Clinic are now able to treat even complex implant cases.

Patients who have suffered bone loss may need bone augmentation or a sinus lift before implants are placed. This helps to regenerate your jaw bone so that it is strong enough to support dental implants. Smoking can hinder the success of dental implant treatment, so we always recommend patients consult our smoking cessation service before starting treatment.