Dental implants are a procedure available at our dental clinic in London. They are the ideal solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. We can offer you a permanent and aesthetic tooth replacement that will make you feel like you have your own tooth back again.
Our in-house surgeon, Dr Nicholas Goodacre, has dual qualifications in medicine and dentistry, and further maxillofacial training, making him the person to see for your surgery. He uses advanced surgical techniques and the highest quality materials available, with the result being dental implants that look natural and last for the long-term.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Aesthetics – Aesthetically they can look like a natural tooth and will sit in the gum in the same way as a natural tooth.
No damage to remaining teeth – Unlike bridges or dentures, implants do not require support from other teeth.
Prevent bone loss – Having an implant in the bone will stop the bone from shrinking and therefore will maintain facial support and structure.
Increase life of remaining teeth – Implants will protect the remaining teeth from excessive forces (by spreading the chewing load) and will stop teeth migrating, tilting and over-erupting.
Fixed – Implants are fixed in your mouth and do not require removal as with dentures.
Dental Implant Treatments
Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement in most circumstances where teeth are missing. They can be placed on the same day as tooth removal or a long time after the tooth was removed. And can be used when just one tooth is missing or when a number of teeth are missing.
In most cases, the implant placement is extremely quick and practically pain free. In fact, most people find implant placement to be a more pleasant procedure than having a tooth removed. If you still feel nervous or apprehensive we can provide you with oral or intravenous sedation so that you can be away with the fairies while you have your implants placed.
We will never leave you with a visible gap and will always make sure your smile looks great throughout treatment. At the end of the treatment you will have a brand new tooth that looks, feels and functions exactly like a natural tooth!
Immediate Tooth Replacement
Do you require teeth in a day? If you are about to lose a tooth we can arrange to have it removed and for the placement of an implant at the same visit so that nobody would ever know what happened. Immediate implant placement is possible if there is no infection and there is sufficient bone.
Single Tooth Replacement
If only one tooth is missing, a single dental implant is the gold standard method of tooth replacement. It will not damage adjacent teeth as with a bridge or denture. It will maintain the positions of the remaining teeth by preventing them moving into the space. It will preserve the bone and therefore help to maintain the gum architecture around the teeth and will allow for superior aesthetic results compared to other forms of treatment.
Multiple Teeth Replacements
If more than one tooth has been lost it is possible to have 2 or more implants adjacent to one another. It is also possible to have implants joined together with a bridge so that you do not need an individual implant per tooth.
This procedure can be much more cost effective than individual implant replacements and as the implants join together as a fixed bridge, less surgery is involved. This means minimal cutting of the gums and quicker healing!
Full Arch Dental Implants and All-on-4 Dental Implants or ‘Same Day Teeth’
If you have lost all your teeth we can provide dental implants to support or anchor a fixed stable permanent aesthetic bridge. The number of implants required to support a full arch bridge will depend on the anatomy of the jaw bone, the number of teeth required, the type of bridge required and the opposing teeth.
A full arch of implants can be placed when the teeth have been missing for a long time or when the remaining teeth have failed and require removing. In the latter case it can even be arranged to have the remaining teeth removed and the implants placed all in the same day.
The All-on-4 treatment is a carefully planned procedure that allows only 4 implants to be placed on the same day and for them to be immediately loaded with a full arch bridge or prosthesis allowing 10, 12 or 14 teeth.
Two implants are placed at the front of the mouth and 2 are placed at a angle slightly further back to allow for anchorage as well as avoiding important structures such as nerves and sinuses. This can be done on both upper and lower jaws and so allow full mouth rehabilitation in a day.
Implant Retained Dentures or Dental Implant Removable Bridges
Occasionally, for some patients, for example where there is a history of aggressive gum disease, it may be wise to consider a removable bridge supported by dental implants. A removable bridge will be easier to keep clean and also easier for future monitoring and maintenance of the implants.
Dental Implants Process
During your consultation at our clinic in London, our implant surgeon Dr Nicholas Goodacre will carry out a thorough examination of your entire mouth including your teeth, jaws, gums, soft tissues and your occlusion (how your teeth bite together).
He will then assess the future implant site and take some measurements for the future tooth and the bone currently available. He will take some x-rays of your jaw bone to measure the height of bone available for implant placement and to also identify the location of important structures (such as nerves and sinuses) within the jaw bone.
In some circumstances it is also necessary to arrange a CBCT (3D) scan if space for the implant is minimal or limited by other structures and it is necessary to assess more accurately the proximity of the important structures and remaining bone in relation to the future implant.
At this appointment your surgeon will give you all the options for treatment and the advantages and disadvantages of each and you can have a detailed discussion about your treatment. Plans can also be made for a temporary tooth replacement so that you never have a visible gap through treatment.
2) Placement Surgery
On the day of surgery we can arrange for you to watch a movie or listen to music or if you prefer we can provide you with oral or intravenous sedation so that you are completely relaxed throughout the surgery.
The majority of our patients choose to have treatment without sedation as Dr Nicholas Goodacre is very gentle during surgery and takes great effort to cause minimum disturbance to the surrounding tissues in your mouth which also help you heal much quicker.
Dental implant placement can either be a 1 step or a 2 step procedure. For the 1 step implant placement, the abutment or healing cap is placed at the same time as the implant. For the 2 step implant placement, the implant is placed in the bone and the gum is covered over.
The implant is exposed at a later stage and the abutment is attached after healing. The implant is left to integrate with your jaw bone for 2 months and a temporary tooth prosthesis can always be provided during that time so that you never have a gap.
3) Abutments or Healing Caps
If a 2 step procedure was carried out, the implant will be exposed after the 3 month period and the healing caps or abutments will be attached.
4) Crowns or Bridges
Impressions are taken for the new implant crown or in the case of multiple teeth the implant bridge once the gums have formed and shaped around the healing caps. All crowns and bridges made at The Wellington Clinic are made with great detail and attention to achieve a truly tooth like appearance. The finest most aesthetic porcelains and ceramics are layered using a number of shades to achieve outstanding results.
To find out more about dental implants, or to book an appointment at our dental clinic in London, call 020 7148 7148, email email@example.com or send us message using the below contact form.