Giving Teeth Back their Full Functionality

Concept of a dental implant procedure

When people lose their teeth, everything changes. If it’s just one tooth, at the side, people can muddle by with chewing on other teeth, and not smiling quite so widely. But as more teeth fail, biting and chewing become harder, and smiling becomes a considered action rather than a spontaneous one. Thankfully, in Harley Street dental implants can replace any number of teeth and give patients back the full functionality of their mouths.

Dental implants in Harley Street replace the whole tooth, root, and crown and are the only tooth replacement treatment that can do this. They are available from dentists such as Harley Street Dental Clinic.

The procedure

Dental implants in Harley Street require minor oral surgery under local anaesthetic, during which the implant post is inserted into channels drilled into the jawbone, before being fitted with an abutment which holds the crown. This sounds a lot more painful than it actually is ,because there are far fewer nerve endings in the jawbone. However, this surgery can be a daunting prospect for some nervous patients, and that’s why most dentists offer either oral or intravenous sedation to nervous patients.

Once the dental implants are in place, the titanium posts need several weeks to integrate with the jawbone. Titanium is a remarkable biocompatible metal that, instead of being rejected by the body’s immune system, actually encourages the growth of new bone tissue and blood vessels around it. This will hold the implant in place as securely as a natural tooth in its socket, providing a stable anchor able to withstand chewing forces of about 97kg or 200lbs, more than the average male chew.

One implant can hold up to three teeth, like a bridge. Dentists have also found ways to use a minimal number of implants to hold a whole arch of teeth. One technique is called All-on-4, where the arch is supported by four to six implants placed at angles to give support across the jawbone. Mini implants, which are placed directly through the gum into the jawbone, are used to support customised dentures, giving great denture stability at the fraction of the cost of replacing all the teeth with implants.