Losing one or more teeth can be a traumatic experience. People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, from tooth decay and gum disease to accident or injury, and even as part of the natural ageing process.
Whatever the reason, a missing tooth can be a huge source of embarrassment, making people too shy to smile in public. It can also affect your dental and general health, as remaining teeth may become crooked and difficult to clean as they move into any gaps, while your ability to bite and chew food can also be affected, leaving you unable to enjoy a healthy diet.
More and more patients who have lost teeth are opting for treatment with dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts or screws that are placed into the jaw bone. There they integrate with the bone, acting as replacement tooth roots on to which new teeth can be attached, in the form of crowns, secured dentures or bridges.
Unlike other tooth replacement solutions, such as standard dentures, dental implants are permanent, and your replacement teeth will be securely attached, so there's no need to worry about them falling out. New teeth are entirely supported by the implants, so there's no work needed on any remaining natural teeth, as there is with a traditional bridge. Dental implants are the best natural solution to missing teeth.
At Southfields Dental Centre, all of our implant surgery is carried out by Mr Aakshay Gulati, a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, who is qualified in both dentistry and medicine. We offer a range of treatment options using the renowned Straumann and Bicon implant systems. The best treatment varies from patient to patient, so all your options will be discussed with you at your initial implant consultation.
For patients who have one missing tooth, a single implant will be placed and a crown attached.
For several or all missing teeth, a single implant can usually support a number of false teeth. Your implants will be placed here at the practice under local anaesthetic and after a healing period your new teeth will be attached. They will act and function just like natural teeth, enabling you to eat a full, healthy diet and to speak and smile with confidence.
If you have previously been told you are unsuitable for dental implants because you have suffered bone loss, a common side-effect of wearing standard dentures or having missing teeth for some time, we may still be able to help. You may be suitable for a bone graft or sinus lift, which helps to rebuild the jaw bone so that implants can be anchored firmly. So even if you’ve been told by another dentist that you cannot have implant treatment, please contact us to discuss these options further.
These are a natural replacement for missing teeth, however other options are also avaliable