Jonathan has a special interest in advanced restorative dentistry and dental implants. His experience has been gained over the years in dental practice and at numerous postgraduate courses. The L.D. Pankey Institute for postgraduate dental study in Miami, Florida and a Master’s degree in Implant Dentistry from the University of Warwick have been especially rewarding.
One or more teeth may be lost for lots of reasons – decay, gum disease or sometimes after an accident. Missing teeth causes bone loss from the jaw, can reduce biting efficiency, lead to jaw joint problems as well as increase your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum problems. In addition there are cosmetic issues which can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and an inability to express your feelings.
Replacing missing teeth
Missing teeth can be replaced in a number of ways including dentures, bridges and implants. Implants are an efficient long lasting way to replace teeth, literally by building a new tooth or retaining a denture on a titanium metal biocompatible root.
What does the treatment involve?
At the first consultation, we will establish whether implant treatment is a suitable option for you.
Careful assessment of your mouth is required by direct observation and using plaster study casts of your teeth and gums in addition to digital x-rays. Most people are suitable, but individuals have to be over 16 to 18 years of age and teeth to have stopped growing.
If the case is suitable, treatment starts with the placing of the implant with a simple operation that places it into the jawbone. With simple treatments involving one or two implants, a local anaesthetic is normally quite sufficient for your comfort. For more complex bone grafts and multiple implant placements intravenous sedation is available and recommended. It has been our experience that post operative discomfort is minimal and that simple analgesics such as ibuprofen or paracetamol are all that is required.
Healing and rebuilding
The implants are left undisturbed for up to six months by which time the titanium fuses into the bone much like a natural tooth is lodged in the bone. All that is then required are impressions of the implant site which are used by a skilled technician to make the new tooth, teeth or denture.
It is important for patients to remember that Implants are not “fit and forget” teeth. They require your care and attention to ensure they are kept clean as well as regular professional maintenance.
Stronger, beautiful teeth
Implants are proven to be long lasting and look great; they help preserve the jawbone and won’t damage the adjacent natural teeth. Crowns, dentures and bridges can all cause irreversible damage to the adjacent and underlying natural teeth. Implanted teeth can provide life changing solutions to dental problems with patients reporting renewed social and functional confidence.
We are please to offer consultations on any aspect of dental treatment that may be related to dental implants. You may be pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of the treatment and the reasonable costs involved in this rewarding mode of treatment.
If you would further information please ask at the practice, or call us 020 8950 2664.
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Chiltern Avenue Dental Practice 32 Chiltern Avenue, Bushey, Hertfordshire. WD23 4QB Tel: 020 8950 2664