If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can provide a particularly reliable and long-lasting way to fill in gaps that may have been brought about by gum disease, decay or trauma. They can also be used to stabilise dentures, ensuring they offer a more secure fit and don’t move around uncomfortably in your mouth.
At Lansdowne House, thanks to our expertise and considerable experience, we can provide exceptionally stable results using implant retained dentures. A member of our team, Graham Stokes, was awarded the Schottlander prize for prosthetic dentistry in 2005. By combining his denture skills with his dental implant knowledge, Graham can ensure your dentures look and feel much more like the real thing.
If you don’t replace missing teeth, several problems can arise, including difficulty eating and speaking, loss of the underlying jaw bone and movement of any remaining natural teeth.
Dental implants are small metal posts which are surgically placed in your jawbone and act as a substitute tooth roots to support replacement teeth. They are made from titanium – a durable metal that is well-tolerated by the body and will eventually fuse with the surrounding bone.
Dental implants can benefit all kinds of patients, as long as they have a fully developed jaw bone and sufficient bone density. However, there are some conditions and lifestyle choices which may reduce the chances of successful treatment. These include smoking, excessive alcohol intake, gum disease, an impaired immune system and teeth grinding.
- Can enhance your smile
- Help to prevent bone loss
- Improve how your mouth functions
- Easier to keep clean than other restorations
- No need to remove any healthy tooth structure
- We carry out a comprehensive assessment of your oral health, as well as your general well-being.
- We take x-rays to assess the quality of the jaw bone. If we find out you are lacking sufficient bone density to support implants, you may still be able to have this highly effective tooth replacement treatment by having a bone graft prior to implant placement.
- We insert the tiny posts under a local anaesthetic and leave them for a few months to bond with the bone.
- Once the implants are fully embedded, and the gum has healed, we fit your shiny new replacement teeth.
It is vital to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine following treatment to ensure your implants stay in great condition.
We can give you plenty of advice about how to look after your teeth and gums, and if you do take care of them by regularly brushing and flossing, your implants should last for years. Remember to attend regular check-ups too, so we can spot any problems before they get too serious.