Dental Implant Dentist in Orpington
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants, typically made of titanium, are an artificial substitute for the natural root of a tooth. There are several different implant systems on the market. Here at Chelsfield Dental Practice we use a system called Osstem and this system delivers a highly reliable form of treatment. The main aim of placing the implant is for the implant to integrate with the bone surrounding it and over a period of time to promote bone growth that will stabilise the implant further. New artificial teeth are then attached, allowing normal function and a natural aesthetic appearance.
Who is Suitable for Dental Implants?
Dental Implants can be an effective, long-term solution for you if you have lost a tooth, if you are missing several teeth or if you have an ill-fitting denture. Before implants were developed, the gap left by a missing tooth has traditionally been replaced by a bridge or a denture.
Dentures are removable and sometimes uncomfortable, and a bridge, although fixed, requires “shaving down” of the teeth either side of the gap. An implant effectively deals only with the gap, therefore not compromising any other teeth, and with the introduction of implants, a denture can be replaced by a system called “All-on-four” or “All-on-six” which effectively allows a full arch restoration (bridge) to be fixed to four or six implants, therefore eliminating the embarrassing and uncomfortable movement of the denture.
To get a definitive answer as to whether or not you are suitable for implants, you would require a consultation with an implant surgeon, who can, with the aid of an x-ray and CT scan, inform you of the best, most effective treatment for you and the potential cost of the treatment.
A Single Implant
To replace a missing tooth with a dental implant is a very effective way of giving a natural appearance without compromising adjacent teeth.
If you have multiple teeth missing, you may not require implants in every gap as implants can be used to support implant bridges.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures traditionally can be unstable and uncomfortable, therefore causing anxiety and embarrassment to the patient. With an implant supported denture, the implants stabilise the specially made denture, giving the wearer more confidence.
“All on Four” of “All on Six”
The ultimate solution for a full arch denture wearer. Four or six Implants can be placed in the upper, lower or both arches, depending on the patients’ needs and a full arch restoration is fixed onto the implants, eliminating the need for removal of the dentures.