There are many options to replace missing teeth including the use of cosmetic denture, cosmetic bridge or dental implants. Currently, dental implants are considered the gold standard in replacing missing teeth.
However, the specialist cosmetic dentist needs to assess carefully each patient needs and conduct through clinical examination prior to making final decision. Smoking also play negative role in relation to dental implants.
What will the dentist do?
The actual treatment will involve:
- Placing the dental implant in special locations in the jaw. This is a surgical procedure provided under local anaesthesia. Sedation may be considered in selected cases.
- The dental implant is screwed in and the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.
- Under the gum, the bone then grows around the dental implant to hold it firm. This may take several months.
Dental implants usually have two sections, the dental implant in the jaw and an extension/abutment (post) that is added later when the dental implant is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. Occasionally this second cut can be avoided depending on the used dental implant system or the applied technique.
Healing takes between 2-6 months following dental implant placement. During this time, a temporary restoration can be used.
During this period of time, the cosmetic dentist can provide any other needed cosmetic dentistry treatments including teeth whitening. However, any final definitive restoration like cosmetic veneers used in a smile makeover need to be fitted with the dental implants is ready to be restored.
Dr Daoudi. Specialist and cosmetic dentist can recommend the best treatment for each individual case at smile dental surgery London.