Ace Dental

22 July 2016

Dental implants: the permanent solution to tooth loss

Dental implants provide a dentist with a permanent way to replace a patient’s missing teeth. Ace Dental in Kentish Town offers implant treatments for anyone who has lost one or more of their natural teeth. Treatment involves the placement of one or more artificial, titanium tooth roots – the dental implant – and one or more false teeth, in the form of a crown, bridge, or denture, on top.

Missing teeth cause some obvious problems: difficulty eating a healthy diet, issues with speaking clearly, and body image/confidence issues related to having gaps in the mouth. But there are other costs to tooth loss, too. People who are edentulous – in other words, without any natural teeth left – often experience changes to the bone structure of their face because the jaw bone starts to resorb when the tooth roots are missing. This can cause a sunken or sagging appearance to the face, making you look old before your time.

Dental implants can be used to solve all of these problems, restoring natural appearance and function to the jaw. Ace Dental in Kentish Town provides implant treatment for all dental situations, beginning with a consultation with an experienced implant dentist.

At this initial consultation, your Kentish Town dentist will use CT scans and x-rays to assess the current level of your jaw bone density. If you have experienced bone resorbtion, there is no need to panic: most people can still have dental implants, they just need bone graft treatment first. Ace Dental in Kentish Town is fully equipped to carry out bone grafts to prepare your jaw for dental implants.

Your dental implants can be placed under local anaesthetic or sedation. They will then be left to heal and mesh with the jaw bone – a process called osseointegration – before you are called back to our Kentish Town dental practice to have abutments and permanent new teeth attached to your implants.

For those in need of a full-arch restoration, four dental implants may be enough to support a whole jaw of new teeth with a prosthetic attached on top. This procedure is known as “All-on-4”.

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