Chew with confidence

If you want to regain that winning smile, you can’t do much better than opt for dental implants

When you lose a tooth, it is often best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect your ability to chew and speak, and can increase the burden on your remaining teeth as well as affecting your appearance and self-confidence.

An implant, which is made from titanium, replaces the lost root of a tooth. A post is screwed into the centre of the implant and a crown is then either screwed in or cemented on top.

The new tooth will look and feel like your own teeth. You do not have to wear a denture or grind down the adjacent healthy teeth to support a bridge. In addition, implants can secure a denture thus improving your chewing and confidence.

The whole procedure can be done simply in the dental chair and is pain free. Post-operative pain is usually not a problem for patients either. Simple painkillers taken for one or two days are all that is needed.

Sometimes it is possible to take out the tooth and place the implant in one visit thus shortening the treatment time. However, this approach may not be suitable for everyone as it can involve a greater risk of complications for patients.

If your tooth has been missing for some time, the bone is likely to have become thinner or to have shrunk. If the bone has shrunk, you may need to have additional bone built up. This procedure can be done when the implant is placed and is not painful.

Implants are a predictable, long-lasting and successful treatment option.

Harley Street Dental Clinic

www.harleystreetdentalclinic.co.uk

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