Your complete guide to dental implant treatment

Dental implants are the most natural-looking way to restore your smile (and confidence) if you’ve lost one or several teeth. They are also great for your dental health as they support good bone health in the same way that a natural tooth root does.

At Crescent Lodge Dental Practice in Clapham, London, our implantologist provides expert dental implant treatment. As a specialist in his field, Dr Andreas Jahnigen has many years of experience in implant procedures and techniques including fast implants and sinus lifts to build jawbone for patients who don’t have enough bone volume for tooth implant treatment.

Treatment is tailored to each patient but the steps below are a general indication of how dental implant treatment progresses. We provide a free initial dental implant consultation to help assess your suitability for the treatment and provide information on the different potential options. Treatment usually takes place over 3 to 9 months with costs starting from £1,900 for a single implant. Benefits of dental implants

1. Free initial consultation at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice, Clapham SW4

There’s a lot to consider if you’re thinking about having dental implant treatment. That’s why we provide a free initial consultation. It’s a good opportunity to understand how tooth implants work, their benefits and ask any questions. A consultation also provides our implantologist with the chance to assess your suitability, talk through all treatment options and provide the insight you need to make a properly-informed decision.

Most adults in good general health are able to have dental implant treatment. There are however factors that can increase the risks of implant failure including smoking. We’ll ask questions about your medical history and carry out a full examination of your mouth and teeth. If you have your own X-rays, it’s a good idea to bring them along to your consultation. We don’t always need to take X-rays, but if we do (and you don’t already have them) then the cost is £40.

2. Dental implant treatment planning

Our implantologist and his expert team have carried out many successful dental implant procedures. As a specialist, Dr Andreas Jahnigen uses X-rays, impressions and assessment findings to determine the type of implant treatment that is appropriate for your needs, optimal positions for tooth implants and the quality and amount of bone to place the implant/s into.

An important part of the planning process is to consider the most suitable dental implant treatment for you. There are several possibilities including:

  • Single implants are used to replace a single missing tooth. Ideal for hiding gaps and supporting good bone health.
  • Fast implants can restore missing teeth quickly and effectively. Replaces multiple missing teeth (or dentures) with a full set of natural-looking teeth.
  • Implant dentures are an option if you have several missing teeth or no teeth at all. Natural-looking dentures are firmly attached to around 6 implants which preserve the bone that can be lost in denture-wearers creating a sunken, ‘caved-in’ appearance.

Sinus lifts at Crescent Lodge Dental Practice, Clapham SW4

Successful implant treatment does depend on adequate bone volume. If teeth have been missing for some time, bone and surrounding tissues begin to recede and disappear. This means there may not be enough dense bone in which to place the tooth implant.

In these circumstances, we can carry out a sinus lift which helps to form a stable bone platform for an implant to be placed inside. This surgical procedure involves the placing of bone-graft material into the sinus cavity. This will add to the length of your treatment time and costs £600.

If you have any gum disease or other dental-health problems, we’ll look to resolve them before continuing to the next step. It’s also essential to extract any failing teeth at this point.

3. Placing the dental implants

Our implantologist carries out this small surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. Tooth implants are made of 3 parts – a titanium screw/rod, a connecting part and a crown (the part that looks like a real tooth). During this stage, the screw is placed precisely into your jawbone.

An incision is made in your gums followed by a small hole in the bone with a specialised drill. The screw part of the tooth implant is inserted into the hole before the site is stitched.

4. Healing and integration

Tooth implants can take from 6 weeks to 6 months to fuse with your bone. If you’re having fast implants, temporary crowns, bridges or dentures will be fitted right away.

Our implantologist will assess when the bone has integrated enough to complete the dental implants. When integration is established, the permanent crown, bridge or dentures will be fitted onto the implant. This small surgical procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic.

5. Long-term care and maintenance

With the right care and attention, dental implants can last for many years. It’s essential to clean and floss every day as advised for natural teeth. It’s also vital to attend all check-up and hygiene appointments.

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