A dental implant is a man-made structure that replaces a lost tooth. The structure has devices that look like screws. Through an invasive surgery the implant is inserted into your jawbone. It acts as the root of your lost teeth. An artificial tooth or crown is anchored upon the implant. An abutment is the device that connects an artificial tooth or crown to a dental implant. The crown is carefully custom made to perfectly fit into your mouth. Proper care is also taken to ensure it matches in colour with the rest of your teeth. This is how it is ensured that an artificial crown does not stand out from the natural teeth in your mouth to make your smile look awkward. An implanted tooth not only looks and feels but also functions like the natural tooth or teeth that you have lost.
Dental implants offer a lot of advantages compared to dentures. In easy and simple words dentures are artificial teeth that are easily removable. The advantages that an implant offers include the following –
- Greater level of comfort with more natural feeling
- Improves the chewing function to an impressive extent
- There is always a much lower risk of cavities developing in the neighbouring teeth
- Lessens sensitivity in the neighbouring teeth
- There is no need to take the implant out for cleaning every night
- Most importantly, an implanted tooth provides better maintenance of bone structure at the site of the missing tooth
- Implant treatment also has much higher rate of success than any other tooth loss procedure
But everyone is not an ideal patient for dental implants treatment. In this procedure it is important that the implanting device must bond smoothly with a patient’s jawbone. Therefore it is utmost important that a probable patient must have sufficient and healthy bones in the jaw before undergoing the treatment explains a dentist renowned for offering one of the Best Dental implants in Wimbledon.
Dental implant varieties
Implants for the mouth are available in two distinct varieties – namely endosteal and subperiosteal.
The endosteal variety is more common. This variety requires to be embedded in a patient’s jawbone. It requires the skills and expertise of a dental surgeon to embedding an implant into one’s jawbone. An endosteal implant supports one or more artificial teeth.
On the other hand a subperiosteal implant is inserted atop the jawbone. This also requires the specialised skills and expertise of a dental surgeon. A subperiosteal implant suites people, whose jawbones are not much high or prominent.
According to a rough estimate there are thousands of people in the UK who have Best Dental Implants Wimbledon London. This figure is steadily going up by hundreds every year. Invasive surgery related to dental implants is by and large safe provided a technically sound and qualified dentist or dental surgeon performs it. In fact implants treatment is the only option that keeps a patient’s jawbone healthy and also stimulates its growth in the long run.
As it has already been mentioned above everyone is not suitable to undergo this invasive dental restoration procedure. Dentists deny people this treatment who suffer from any of the following –
- Any acute illness
- Severe metabolic disorder
- Any disease or infection related to either bones or soft tissues
However one can undergo the dental surgery after resolving the issue.
Implants treatment is also usually denied to people who have –
- Habit of smoking heavily
- Diabetes or blood sugar
- Bruxism or teeth grinding or teeth clenching while asleep
- Behavioural or psychiatric disorders
People suffering from any of the conditions mentioned above always have a higher risk of implants failing.
The following categories of people are not suitable to undergo the dental restoration treatment either. This is because they always have a higher chance of developing complications in the post surgical stage. These include people, who
- Are on chemo therapy
- Have undergone radiation therapy in the head or the neck
- Are on bisphosphate drug treatment to combat the issue of bone loss
Implant surgery and its potential complications
While undergoing the procedure one may develop certain complications. Complications may also arise in the post procedural phase, says a dentist having years of experience in handling cases of Dental implants in Wimbledon. Complications may arise in the following forms –
Damage of the nerves which results in altered sensation in and around the treatment area
- Infection may develop from the implant
- Movement of the implant
- An opening of the incision resulting from the surgery
- The implant post may get exposed above the gum line
People who suffer from movement of the implant post or its exposure above the gum line have the following options to solve their problems.
- They may either undergo additional procedures to improve the condition of their jawbones and the gum tissues or
- May have the implant removed or replaced
Signs and symptoms that say your implant surgery has been unsuccessful include the following –
- Excessive mobility of the implant
- Registering pain when the implant is tapped on
- Puss and other secretions from the site of an implant surgery
- Rapid and progressive loss of bone
According to a dentist having years of experience in handling cases of Affordable Teeth implants in Wimbledon every patient who undergoes the procedure is likely to have a different experience of the surgery. The reasons for this different experience are not hard to understand. The reasons include –
- The number of teeth that need to be replaced
- The exact location of an implant within the jaw
- The quantity and quality of bone structure at an implant site
- The underlying oral health and overall physical condition of a patient
Patients may have to undergo additional procedures depending upon the conditions mentioned above. The additional procedures include the following –
- Sinus augmentation and
- Ridge modification
Care and maintenance
Artificial teeth require the same type of care and maintenance as your natural teeth. After a dental implant surgery you should keep brushing and flossing the teeth regularly. Your dentist will provide you with a follow-up schedule to monitor the post-surgery developments.
The cost of this cutting-edge dental restoration procedure varies widely from case to case. According to dentists working at Sw19 Confidental dental Clinic, Wimbledon Dentist the cost is affected by the following factors –
- The type and the number of implants a patient needs
- The location of an implant in the jaw
- Need for additional procedures if any
A Beat Affordable Dental Implants Wimbledon London dentist can give you the exact treatment cost only after the initial consultation.