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Dental Implants in Harrow, Middlesex

Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.

The main aim during placement of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.

Why have dental implants?

Replacing missing teeth is important for a variety of reasons. Being able to eat and chew are essential to confident living, as is looking good - if your teeth are missing it's difficult to do either of these effectively.

However there are a few other less obvious reasons that can affect your overall dental health.

When you have missing teeth the adjacent teeth either side will have the tendency to 'fall' in to this space, the opposing teeth on the opposite jaw will also tend to 'over erupt' into these spaces. Over a period of time this can result in jaw joint problems, eating difficulties and possibly headaches as your muscles need to adjust to the new positions of your teeth.

Another reason not to leave gaps between your teeth is that the bone where the tooth has been removed will slowly resorb. This has the effect of shrinking the gum in this area which has a significant aesthetic problem associated with it.

When the bone shrinks, or resorbs like this it means that there is less bone for us to place an implant at a later date should you so decide, therefore placing implants soon after a tooth is extracted preserves bone in the long term.

Benefits of Dental Implants

This would allow you to eat, smile, chew and laugh again with absolute confidence. It would also preserve your surrounding tooth position which will keep your bite in its natural position. Dental implants are the one of the most logical and effective choices to replace missing teeth.

In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures. Click here for illustrated information.

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Nishan Joost, North London Dear Dr Dixit

It is now a half a year since you completed my dental implant (just in time for my daughter's wedding) and I want to write to you to express how happy I am with the outcome of the procedure. The implant feels like a normal sturdy tooth and I have total confidence while eating, lecturing or speaking. I am also very pleased not to be dealing with denture plates and the associated adhesives. Although the denture looked quite natural, I always felt (rightly or wrongly) that it interfered slightly with my elocution. The implant, on the other hand, feels exactly like having all your own teeth and doesn't interfere with speech in any way.

I am very appreciative of your clear explanation of the procedure and your professional ability in completing the process. The initial preparation of the jawbone went very smoothly and caused me very little discomfort. The fitting of the tooth at the end was also done quickly and effectively. The Osseo integration stage needs patience so that the tooth fitting integrates properly with the jawbone. I am not the most patient of people, but it certainly was worth the wait. Throughout the process you and the nurse were both very encouraging and supportive.

In short, I am delighted and appreciative of your professional ability and guidance.

Thank you. Best wishes for 2006.

Sincerely yours

Joost, North London 4.5
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