There are different ways to see your dentist; more often than not the scene adds an inconvenience to a busy schedule, until a disaster strikes and then they are our salvation from dental discomfort.
There are three roles of any dentist; restorative dentistry, where regaining lost function and appearance is the goal. It straddles the definition of cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry and oral surgery.
Dental implants in Bromley are performed both by dentists with further training and oral surgeons. As the method involves totally replacing a lost tooth, this loss need not be recent, with the implants being possible when the socket of the lost tooth has long closed up.
The core of a modern tooth implant is a titanium peg, which is fitted into the jawbone. It behaves much like an artificial root; above it is a prosthetic tooth, which has similarities to the porcelain crowns that are often placed over a patient’s natural tooth. Implants are almost always administered in two sessions, with a 4-12 month recovery time between the sessions. This length of time is required in order to allow the implant to ossify into the jawbone. In the past, single units that were implanted in a single session inevitably suffered, based on the daily load that the patient applied, causing the failure of the implant before ossification occurred. Or, alternatively, such pressures resulted in implants setting in a crooked or twisted final position.
Implants require no remaining element of the tooth which is being restored; they are considered the most advanced form of restorative dentistry. With shade matching and translucency imitation, the prosthetic tooth can be indistinguishable from the rest of the patient’s smile, including the addition of artificial wear and tear to match the age of its fellow teeth.
Oral implants have a failure rate much lower than most procedures but you can cost any investment required with your dental team. It is wise to perform background research on your dentist; any practitioner who would offer oral implants will be happy to inform you of their success rate and the additional training that they have undergone to allow them to perform tooth implants in the UK. They are also likely to have a portfolio of previous implant patients and you should not feel perturbed by shopping around for the most qualified practitioner.
There are health considerations when pursuing oral implants. Many disorders which result in low bone density may make implanting (particularly ossification) more challenging. Many clotting disorders are also contraindicated.There are medications which would also poorly mix with implanting and you should fully disclose your medical history to your practitioner.
After successful ossification, the fixed implant is likely to last 10 years with proper care. In the event of an accident or chipping of the prosthetic, it can be easily replaced without having to extract the titanium implant. Maintenance of tooth implants is trivial and roughly equivalent to your natural teeth with brushing and check ups. Yes, oral implants are the closest you can get to having your original tooth back.