Category: Dental Implants

Is age a compromising factor for dental implants in West London?

Dental implants were first used and developed for older patients with one or more missing teeth. However, their success and broad use in dentistry in recent years, have encouraged dentists to also use them on younger patients in cases of trauma or because of other factors that contribute to tooth loss at a young age.

Dental Implants in West LondonIn order for dental implants in West London not to interfere with jawbone growth, their application should be postponed until after the jaw stops growing at around age 18. Our implant dentists at Ikon Dental Suite will examine your teeth carefully and estimate whether dental implants may interfere with your jawbone growth. Another factor to take into consideration is the position of the dental implant (or implants) in the jawbone. Not all positions are ideal for regular dental implants, since they could jeopardise the neighbouring teeth. For all these reasons, a thorough oral screening for dental implants in West London is really important.

Why are children not good candidates for dental implants?

In general, age is not a restrictive factor when it comes to dental implant placement. However, children are not great candidates for this procedure for a simple reason – their jawbone hasn’t grown to its full potential and this can hinder the process of ‘osseointegration’ (the fusion of the dental implant to the bone tissue). Since changes in the jawbone are really important for the functional and aesthetic outcome of dental implants, children and adolescents are not encouraged to undergo this treatment. Instead, the dentist will recommend an alternative, temporary treatment such as a crown or a bridge.

Choosing the best age for having dental implants in West London

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as an optimal age for the installation of dental implants. In some places and due to genetic reasons (i.e. some people are born with very few teeth or no teeth at all), the dentist may proceed to implant placement at a younger age by taking into consideration all the limitations. However, these cases are very rare. Ideally, dental implants should be installed into the jawbone once full skeletal growth has been achieved for optimal oral health and function.

After the tooth has gone

You are young. You love sports. And you love your teeth. Unfortunately, you are now one or two teeth down due to that little accident you had. That’s the thing with sport, it’s never without risk.

You know better now and have ordered a mouth guard to protect you next time. But you are still missing your teeth and need to find a way to replace them that will be as little hassle as possible and last for a long time. How about dental implants in West London?

Dental Implants in West LondonYour dentist may not offer dental implants in West London, but we do here at Ikon Dental Suite in Ealing. We also act as a referral dentist, which means that your dentist can refer you to us for treatment. You can also refer yourself, of course.

What are dental implants in West London?

Dental implants are the only method of tooth replacement that give you back the entire tooth, root as well as crown. Your replacement root is a short post or screw made of titanium that we insert into your jawbone. The bone grows new tissue all over it, which holds it so securely in place that you will be able to eat whatever you like once your treatment is complete.

Having replacement roots helps conserve the strength and density of your jawbone too. Without dental implants, the area of bone around the lost tooth will deteriorate and shrink away; not something you want when you are young.

What about crowns?

Crowns are the white part of the tooth used for biting and chewing. We use dental porcelain to make crowns that will be indistinguishable from your own teeth.

Maintenance

Looking after dental implants in West London is easy. You just need a rigorous cleaning routine, twice a day, along with regular hygienist sessions. Your aim is to stop any build-up of plaque, which can eat away at your gums and bone thereby loosening the implants.

If you can manage that, and everyone can, your implants may last for decades, and maybe even the rest of your life.

A sound investment, along with that mouth guard, of course.

Brilliant, versatile, long-lasting dental implants in Ealing

Having lost some or all of your teeth, you are faced with 3 options for replacement. You get to choose between dentures, fixed bridgework and dental implants. In Ealing, at Ikon Dental Suite, we are seeing an increasing number of patients opting for dental implants. These patients come from our own practice, but many are also referred from other practices that do not currently offer dental implants.

Dental Implants in EalingBeing a referral practice means that we are approved as a dental implant provider by our colleagues. Knowing that other dentists trust us to do a good job allows you to relax and know that you are investing your money well.

But why do so many people choose dental implants in Ealing these days? There are some great benefits to be had from this method of tooth replacement that you cannot get with either dentures or fixed bridgework.

Teeth have 2 parts; they have a crown, which is the white part you can see that does the biting and chewing, and they also have a root. The root is anchored with fleshy ligaments into the socket, keeping the crown stable when you bite and chew. When your teeth meet together, as they do hundreds of times a day, the resultant vibrations that emanate into the area of bone around the tooth tell it to keep renewing itself because the teeth are still in use.

Lose that root and you have to find another way to make the teeth stable. Dentures rely on adherence to the gums, and give about a quarter of the chewing power. Fixed bridgework relies on piggy-backing on the roots of neighbouring teeth, which have to be ground down to have buttress crowns put over them.

Dental implants in Ealing give you full chewing power, superior stability and keep your jawbone strong and healthy.

Plus, they are versatile. One dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, and you can get an entire arch replaced with just 4-6 implants. We even have a way to use dental implants to stabilise wobbly dentures, so that you can get the best of both worlds.

Want to find out more? Why not come in for an exploratory chat.

Breaking down the benefits of dental implants in Ealing

Have you recently lost a tooth or had an extraction? Are you tired of wearing dentures that don’t fit properly? If you suffer from any of the above, maybe it’s time to consider dental implants in Ealing.

At Ikon Dental Suite, we will patiently answer all your questions about dental implants in Ealing and help you find a solution that will meet your oral health needs. We have been using dental implants for many years with success for patients who have missing or badly decayed teeth. Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants in Ealing form an organic connection with the jawbone and promote the growth of bone tissue.

Dental Implants in EalingHow do dental implants work?

Dental implants are very easy to install and require minor surgery which is hardly painful. If you feel anxious at the prospect, simply ask your dentist about sedation options. Once the dental implants are placed into your jawbone, they will be left to heal for a few weeks (or several months depending on the type of dental implants and the overall number of missing teeth) before your dentist installs your replacement teeth on top of them. Replacement teeth can take the form of crowns, bridges and/or dentures. Again, the exact procedure comes down to the number of teeth missing and the overall number of dental implants involved.

Benefits of dental implants in Ealing

Although dentures are very affordable and semi-functional, they can easily become loose. Dental implants allow patients to experience the same functionality as with their natural teeth. For instance, many denture wearers cannot bite right into hard fruit and vegetables without worrying their dentures are going to fall out. Dental implants improve your chewing and biting force and allow you to eat a variety of nutritional foods.

Dental implants also promote better oral health. Caring for dental implants is easy; just brush and floss them along with the rest of your teeth and see the dentist regularly for dental check-ups and cleanings. This way your dental implants can last for many years and possibly a lifetime.

Last but not least, dental implants prevent your jawbone from corrosion, while at the same time they encourage the development of new bone tissue.

When your teeth are on the way out

If you have reached the point at which some of your teeth are starting to fail, it may be time to throw in the towel on treatments to try and make them last longer and go for extraction and replacement. Many people are tempted to forget the second bit and live with the gaps, especially if the gaps are at the sides and back of the mouth where they are less visible.

But at Ikon Dental Suite, we don’t recommend living with gaps for long. We think it is better to fill them with dental implants in West London and we have sound reasons why.

Dental Implants in West LondonYour jawbone after tooth loss

When you lose teeth, you lose not only something you need to bite and chew with but you also lose an important transmitter that emits signals that tell your jawbone to keep renewing its cells. Every time your teeth come together, the resultant vibrations go down into the tooth root and out into the surrounding bone.

As they jiggle about, the bone cells are stimulated into renewing themselves. When the jiggling stops, the cells don’t just not bother to make new cells, they actively start to dissolve the bone, thinking it is no longer needed for chewing.

Wearing dentures or having fixed bridgework is not enough to send these signals into the bone, so it recedes below them, becoming thinner and smaller. The neighbouring teeth can become loose too and even topple into the gap and fall out.

Keeping a strong jawbone

Dental implants in West London help preserve the integrity of the jawbone by replacing tooth roots and transmitting the required signals into the bone. Strong, healthy jawbones make the face look younger. As well as being able to eat whatever you like with dental implants in West London, you also look more youthful and healthy.

Find out more

The best way to find out more is to book a consultation with our implant dentist. They can talk you through the procedure and also take a look at your jawbone and see if it is strong enough to have implants, or whether you will need some preparatory work to build up the bone beforehand.

Forget you’ve got false teeth with dental implants in Ealing

If your replacement teeth don’t fit properly, if they get bits caught under their plate, if you have to take them out at night and put them in a glass to soak, if you have to buy adhesive for them, if they click when you speak or yawn, you are hardly likely to ever relax about them and forget they are there.

Dental Implants in EalingIf your false teeth are anchored into your jawbone, if they don’t slip around when you talk, or get food trapped under them, and if all you have to do to look after them is brush and floss like you do with normal teeth, then you stand a good chance of having long periods when you forget they are not your real teeth. Days at a time even. Wouldn’t that be great?

Not only great, but entirely possible if you get your lost teeth replaced with dental implants in Ealing from us at Ikon Dental Suite.

Dental implants in Ealing can let you forget all about them because of the way they are inserted into the jawbone. We create special channels in your jawbone and put them in, under the gum. Then, after period of healing that takes 2-6 months, they will be so firmly anchored into the bone that there’s no chance of them slipping around.

The implants are anchored because the bone responds to the titanium from which they are made like it is another part of the body. The bone grows new tissue all over the implants and it is this that holds them in place as firmly as if they were real teeth.

You will have the power to eat whatever you like with no slippage. Plus, your jawbone will stay strong and healthy and not deteriorate as it does when there is no root in the bone to stimulate cell renewal.

As for maintenance, you can treat your dental implants more or less like you would your real teeth. They don’t come out at night, so there’s no soaking to be done, just a thorough brush and floss and regular trips to the hygienist.

Are dental implants in Ealing right for you? Come in for a consultation to find out more.

Why dental implants in Ealing?

Crowns, bridges and dentures have been developed to not only replace the aesthetic look of your teeth, but also to replace some of their function. With 15 million people worldwide wearing these type of restorations, it’s worth looking at what they can and cannot do as a replacement of your natural teeth.

Crowns

Dental Implants in EalingCrowns sit on top of partially remaining teeth and are cemented in place. They are made from porcelain, resin or metals such as gold. They cover damaged, cracked or partial teeth, securing and protecting what is left, including the root. They can hide damage and restore teeth to look and feel like new. Although they cannot replace missing teeth by themselves, they often are used to help hold a bridge in place so that the bridge is secured fully.

Bridges

Bridges are made from a row of crowns. The middle crown will fill the gap that the missing tooth has left behind, whilst the adjacent crowns will fit onto your natural teeth, securing the middle crown. The bridge is cemented onto your surrounding natural teeth to create strength.

Dentures or false teeth

Dentures are used to replace several teeth through to all of your teeth. The denture is precision-made to fit snugly onto your gum, so that it doesn’t move.

Thanks to new materials and techniques being developed, our dentists at Ikon Dental Suite can make them look incredibly natural, blending into your surrounding natural teeth. However, dentures do have some distinct disadvantages as they do not replace the root of your tooth.

The only dental treatment that can do this is dental implants in Ealing. The roots provide strength and stability to your teeth, anchoring them in place and also maintaining a healthy jawbone. When they are lost, the jawbone shrinks, which means replacements such as dentures will become loose.

Since dental implants in Ealing replace the root using a titanium screw that is biocompatible, non-corrosive and irritant-free, the bone continues to grow naturally and it can act as an anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures. This not only ensures longevity of replacement, it also makes them as strong as your natural teeth, fully replacing bite action.

Investing in the future with dental implants in Ealing

Some dental treatments last longer than others. Braces can realign teeth and they will always look great (if you wear the retainer after treatment). Veneers can last for 10 years or more.

But one of the longest-lasting dental treatments is dental implants in Ealing from us at Ikon Dental Suite.

Dental Implants in EalingDental implants in Ealing are the latest generation of tooth replacement devices. They follow on from dentures and fixed bridgework, and have one fundamental difference: they replace the root of the tooth. Neither of dental implants’ forerunners are able to replace the root and instead rely on not so great ways to get the stability that teeth require in order to be able to do their work of eating and talking properly.

Dental implants and the jaw

Having tooth roots is fundamental to having a strong, dense, healthy jawbone. Tooth roots don’t just stabilise teeth, they also act as transmitters, sending down vibrations every time the teeth of the upper and lower jaws come together, which is hundreds of times a day. The jawbone needs these vibrations to tell it that it’s being used and needs to keep producing new bone cells. When no signals come, the bone thinks it’s now no longer needed and starts to dissolve itself. If there are no teeth at all in the jaw, it can end up looking tiny with the chin very pointy and the cheeks sag inwards.

Put in dental implants in Ealing, and none of this happens. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone, which grows new bone material all over them, so they actually encourage bone growth.

How long do dental implants last?

Because dental implants fuse with the jaw, they don’t come out easily. The implant themselves can last for decades. The porcelain crowns may need replacing as they wear out, but new ones can be put onto existing implants. There are people out there still with the original prototype implants in their jaws, where they have been for 50 years.

So, even though dental implants in Ealing may seem expensive, in the long run they are very cost-effective. Plus, they mean you can eat whatever you like. What’s not to love?

Avoid problems with your dental implants in Ealing

If you have decided that dental implants are going to replace your missing teeth, you need to plan your next steps carefully. For starters, you should find an experienced dental surgeon who focuses on dental implants.

Dental Implants in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we are all about dental implants. Our experienced dentists and periodontists have completed many dental implant procedures over the years and have much experience in the wider area of implant dentistry. To ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants in Ealing, your dentist will complete a thorough examination of your mouth.

Early stage implant complications

Problems or complications from dental implants in Ealing are quite rare, but they can happen and our aim is to be as prepared as possible. Just after your operation, you may experience some pain or discomfort but this sensation will go away after a few hours. If pain persists, your dentist will provide medication. While pain and swelling are common after an operation for dental implants in Ealing, you should keep an eye out for symptoms such as infection, movement of your implants, and a sudden allergic reaction. Most of these problems can be addressed by your dentist immediately without meaning any further complications for your dental implants. However, failure to follow your dentist’s instructions can lead to complications that may be irreversible.

Late stage implant complications

In some cases, dental implants are a great success initially, yet complications can arise after a few months (or years). Long-term complications of dental implants can arise from improper oral hygiene or an injury to the area surrounding the dental implant. If your gums are inflamed, you have difficulty chewing, you can feel your dental implants move, you experience increased swelling and you are in severe pain, chances are that your dental implants have sustained damage. Smokers are also more likely to experience implant failure.

Protect your investment

Dental implants are a very safe and viable tooth replacement option with a low failure rate, but accidents happen. To ensure that your dental implants remain strong and healthy, take good care of them on a daily basis, visit your dentist and get informed on all the potential risks.

Maintaining your dental implants in Ealing: a guide

Patients who have had dental implants often wonder whether these tiny titanium posts and the replacement teeth on top of them require special care. Truth is that the daily care of dental implants is very similar (if not identical) to the care of natural teeth, since they should be kept clean and plaque-free at all times. However, special instructions are provided after an implant operation to ensure that they heal successfully over time.

Dental Implants in EalingAt Ikon Dental Suite, we always provide customised aftercare instructions to all of our patients who are having dental implants in Ealing. Patients who have implant surgery should follow the specific care instructions they are given by their dentist or contact us for further questions and/or clarifications. In the meantime, we have assembled a few guidelines on how to take care and maintain your dental implants in Ealing.

Keeping up with your dental implants after the operation

After the surgical procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthesia and possibly sedation, your dentist will place a gauze over the implant sites in order to control bleeding. Pressing down on a few gauzes is enough to stop bleeding, though if bleeding continues for a few hours after the operation, patients you are advised to contact us as this may be a sign of infection.

Most patients will feel minimal pain or discomfort after the operation, but this can easily be dealt with with prescription drugs or simple painkillers. However, be careful not to place the drugs directly on the gum tissue since they can cause serious burns. Your dentist will recommend a diet of soft foods and drinks during the first days after the implant operation; however, patients are advised against using a straw for a few days. Gradually, you will be allowed to re-introduce solid foods into your diet, being careful not to chew too hard in the area of the dental implants.

Initially avoid brushing or flossing the dental implants, but brush and floss the rest of your teeth normally. As soon as sensitivity goes away, you can return to your normal oral care routine, together with the help and supervision of our dentists.