Dental implant treatment is a surgical procedure that places a metal titanium rod into the jaw bone.
This can occur immediately after a tooth has been extracted (immediate loading implants) or can replace a missing tooth that has been missing for a while. The titanium rod then supports an artificial porcelain tooth on top of it.
We carry out our dental implant treatments right at our London dental clinic. Al-Fa Perio takes great care in planning your treatment, making sure we provide the ideal implant treatment. We’re here to improve your oral health and the aesthetics of your mouth.
Dental implants can be used in a variety of ways to support different types of restorations above it. For example, they can be used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.
This treatment is a great long-term conservative solution to restore cosmetics, chewing ability, speech and confidence. The advantages of dental implants.
The technique by which the titanium rod connects to the bone is called Osseointegration.
Each dental implant has a screw-like structure with a thread running all the way along with it. An artificial porcelain restoration is connected to this structure via an abutment connection.
There are a whole host of technologies on the surface design of different implant systems to encourage the integration of the bone tissue into the thread of the implant.
These range from micro-mechanical channels lasered into the surface to special micro-surfacing that encourages connective tissue attachment.
There has been much research into this science, and it has been discovered that a physical and structural integration can occur between the bone tissue (osteoblasts and supporting connective tissue) and the titanium screw-like implant. This process of integration is termed Osseointegration.
Using this process, the implant is able to anchor itself by a physical connection to the bone and thereafter be able to support any restoration above it. Read more on pre-operative implant advice.
As a direct consequence of the use of bone in osseointegration, it facilitates bone retention and bone growth.
When teeth are lost, the bone tends to resorb away if the tooth is not replaced with an implant. The concept is much like muscles wasting away if they are not used. In a similar manner, if the bone is not functional in any way it wastes away and becomes atrophic.
Dental implant treatment restores the lost function of bone and hence maintains the bone in the jaw.
This prevents any changes in the facial form since it continues to support the cheeks, lips and facial muscles preventing an aged appearance often seen in people that wear removable dentures. What happens when you lose teeth?
Revolutionised Missing Teeth Dentistry
Osseointegration has revolutionised dentistry in restoring spaces left by missing teeth. It is the only treatment that forms a functional and structural bond between the artificial component of the implant and your own jawbone.
This process of connecting living bone tissue with an inert alloplastic material has been a significant stride in medical and dental science.
At Al-Fa Perio, we believe in creating a healthy, oral foundation for you. That’s why our dental implant treatment is ideal for replacing missing teeth.