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Nov 2011
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Dental Implants- the facts

Dental implants

are the recognised gold standard to replacing missing teeth. The dental implant actually replaces the lost root of the tooth, or the foundation. This is possible due to phenomenon called 'osseointegration'. This process is where the jaw bone is actually able to grow around and attach to the implant creating an incredibly strong bond. Once this bond has occurred, then a new tooth can be fabricated which will attach into the implant. Sounds simple? Well, in simple cases yes. If there is plenty of good quality jaw bone and the absence of any other dental issues, then having a dental implant can be a stress free procedure. However, it is vital to choose a dentist who is experienced and who has spent a great deal of time training in the field of dental implants. Not every dentist will have the proper training to carry out this procedure, so it is important to ask about the qualifications received. Dental implants require a great deal of planning. This will involve analysing models of your teeth, dental x rays and photographs. CT scans can be of massive value especially when vital anatomical structures need to be identified. After careful analysis, a treatment plan can be drawn up and discussed. The costs of dental implants- Each dental practice will have their own fee for dental implants. In general, a single dental implant including the crown on top should be in the region of £1800-2500. Any less and the question must be asked about the quality of implant, crown and value of the overall procedure. Dental implants and maintenance- implants must be looked after just like natural teeth. Hygiene is crucial. Although dental implants cannot decay, they can develop gum disease. This is called peri-implantitis. Special techniques and cleaning procedures are required to stabilise this disease. If left untreated, this can lead to the loss of the implant. is our implant dentist. He has achieved the title of MClinDent in Prosthodontics and teaches dentistry at Guy's Hospital, London. He has been involved in implant dentistry since 2004 and has gained a wealth of experience in the field. He is happy to answer any questions that you may have on dental implants and provide a free quick consultation on which dental implant will be the one for you. Word Of Mouth Fulham, 34 Fulham High Street, London, SW6 3LQ. Tel 0207 7311162, e mail

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