A lifelike and lifelong replacement for missing teeth – discover the life-changing impact of dental implants.
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If you have lost a tooth or a number of teeth, dental implants provide a permanent replacement that looks, feels and functions just like healthy natural teeth
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone to mimic the role of a tooth root. Over time, the jaw bone knits back around the implant, creating a strong foundation for a custom prosthetic tooth. No other form of dental restoration matches dental implants in terms of strength and longevity – so if you’re suffering with missing teeth, dental implants are well worth considering. At Kensington Dental Practice, our dentists have a wealth of experience placing implants, restoring a genuinely confident smile to our patients’ faces.
Why choose dental implants?
Boosting your confidence, restoring your quality of life and maintaining your looks: dental implants do all this and more. With implants, there is no more compromise – you can eat and drink what you want, when you want. Because implants are fixed and permanent, they don’t carry the discomfort of dentures, or the risks of damage and breakage associated with other forms of restorative dental work – so you can get on with life without worrying about your teeth. Lastly, dental implants play an important role in preventing the ageing facial sagging that missing teeth can cause. Dental implants maintain the health and structure of your jaw bone, giving you a youthful smile that won’t fade over time.
A range of options to suit your needs
- Single tooth replacement. A single implant is used to support a new, custom-made crown.
- Multiple tooth replacement. A minimal number of implants can be used to support one or more fixed bridges to conceal multiple gaps in your smile.
- Full arch replacement. Depending on your requirements, we can replace all your teeth using the renowned All-on-4 system. Alternatively, we can secure a denture using as few as two dental implants.
- Surgical preparation. If you do not have enough healthy bone to support implants, we can carry out preparation procedures, including bone grafting and sinus lifts, to improve the condition of your jaw bone.
Same day teeth with All-on-4®
With All-on-4®, you can walk into Kensington Dental Practice with failing or missing teeth, and walk out with a brand-new smile. Also known as ‘teeth in a day’ or ‘same-day implants’, the All-on-4 procedure involves placing just four implants on each arch and then affixing a bridge to each. The entire procedure can be completed in one day, using a temporary bridge that is worn until the patient’s permanent bridge is crafted. Whether you are facing the prospect of losing all your teeth, or you already wear dentures and find them uncomfortable, the All-on-4 system could be the ideal solution.
Before & after treatment
A dental implant is a high-tech plug that replaces your tooth root. It’s surgically implanted into the jaw using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, and is made from super-strong, biocompatible titanium, to which your jaw bone will eventually fuse. Once this process, called osseointegration, has happened, a prosthetic tooth can be screwed onto the implant. At Kensington Dental Practice, we only use the renowned NobelBiocare brand of implants.
Implants can only be considered for healthy mouths – so some patients may find that the process of getting implants will first require other dental work, such as bone grafting, gum surgery or orthodontics. Make an appointment at Kensington Dental Practice for an initial consultation to assess your suitability for implants.
Yes, dental implants are a well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence and a 95% success rate or higher. Implants actually improve the health of your jaw by increasing blood flow to an area that would otherwise atrophy.
Dental implants mostly take around 9 months altogether, from the initial assessment to the fitting of the final crown.
We can place an implant in the jawbone with the help of 3D scanning and a computer-guided dental laser, a process that is so accurate, it involves the least possible trauma and a swift recovery time. Once the implant has been placed, you will need to wait a few weeks for osseointegration to take place – this is where your natural bone tissue grows around the implant, securing it in place for life. Once osseointegration has successfully completed, you’ll be able to return to the practice for the final fitting of your new tooth.
Dental implants provide the same function, feel and look as natural teeth – so you’ll never need to compromise when it comes to eating, drinking and smiling with complete confidence. In addition, dental implants play an important role in maintaining the structure of your face: their firm position within the jawbone prevents teeth from shifting around and the jaw from shrinking – both of which cause ageing facial sagging. In short: with dental implants, you’ll stay looking youthful for longer.
Most patients can return to work within one or two days of surgery.