Prior to the arrival of dental implants london, the true gold standard for replacing a missing tooth for decades was with the use of a fixed or cemented porcelain/ gold cosmetic bridge London. Today these bridges are used routinely for numerous reasons such as when there is not enough room for an implant, the teeth on both sides of the space need crowns, or maybe because a fixed bridge is more affordable concerning insurance when compared to an implant. All are valid reasons for choosing a fixed bridge, but there are consequences that follow this option that are sometimes unavoidable.
Finally, the most damaging consequence still exists, which is again the continual loss of bone where the fake tooth in the bridge hovers over the space. Therefore, the issue of placing an implant in the future may not be as easy or as inexpensive as it would have been when the tooth was initially lost. More importantly, as the bone shrinks away under the fake tooth in the bridge, the patient may experience problems such as food impaction or unsightly gaps if the bridge is in the smile region of the mouth. In either case, the bridge would have to be re-done or another option like a dental implant with a bone graft may need to be considered.
A dental implant London is a small titanium cylinder that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It is usually placed at the time a tooth is extracted if it is in the smile region, or it is placed four to six months later if the extraction site was too large for initial placement. If a front tooth is lost and the healing of the surrounding bone is not properly controlled or stopped with a dental implant and/or bone graft (both discussed later), numerous issues can arise that will compromise the final outcome of the patient’s smile. The most common of these esthetic complications is either a reseeded gum-line at the neck of the new tooth or an absence of gum tissue in between the new tooth and adjacent teeth. Both of these outcomes will result in what most refer to as “black holes” or “gaps.” These gaps are not only unaesthetic, but are also at risk for periodontal disease (dental bone disease). This is because the gaps allow food to be trapped at or below the gum-line of the adjacent teeth. If these food particles (plaques) are not completely removed, an infectious process (periodontal disease) will ignite and lead to a progressive amount of bone loss in that area. This in fact, may lead to the loss of more teeth if left untreated.
When the implant has completely attached itself to the surrounding bone (after four to six months of healing), a connector is attached to the dental implant bringing the assembly above the gum line. Then to complete the process, a crown is cemented in place.
An implant is among the few prosthetics in dentistry that I believe will withstand the test of a lifetime in full function without damage or distortion. Over time, there is no doubt that a dental implant is far more cost effective than any other treatment option available today concerning a missing tooth. Due to its superior qualities in the replacement of a missing tooth, if applicable, a dental implant, in my opinion and clinical judgment, is the optimal solution to the problem.
If you have lost teeth that you would like replaced or if you are dissatisfied with your denture, partial, or bridge and would like to discuss implant solutions, please feel free to contact my office for a complimentary consultation….read more