Implants for your missing teeth
Dental implants could be the answer if you have you lost one, some, or all of your natural teeth. Bridges, dentures and flexible dentures are not now the only solutions to missing teeth, thanks to advances in modern dentistry.
We offer dental implants, a clinically proven and safe solution to getting back a great smile and being able to bite and chew with confidence.
Dental implants are small metal posts that are placed in the jaw so that crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto them.
When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding tissues start to shrink over time.
When implants are placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow and mesh around them, along with tiny blood vessels, effectively replacing the missing root of the tooth.
More importantly, implants help restore function so you can eat, chew and bite without your dentures falling out or having to stick to a soft food diet for the rest of your life.
Why choose Hadley Wood Dental in Barnet for your dental implant treatment?
We use the Straumannâ® Dental Implant system:
A worldwide leader in dental implants
Swiss quality and precision
Backed by 30 years of scientific evidence
98% implant survival rate*
Leading implant and surface material technology
* Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2012 Dec;14(6):839-51. 10-year survival and success rates of 511 titanium implants with a sandblasted and acid-etched surface: a retrospective study in 303 partially edentulous patients. Buser D, Janner SF, Wittneben JG, Brägger U, Ramseier CA, Salvi GE.
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Our dentists are highly skilled and have undertaken extensive training from renowned experts from all over the world in the field of implant dentistry. You will be made to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your treatment and be involved in all the decision-making and kept fully informed at every stage.
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration used to repair teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling.
Protection of the remaining part of a damaged tooth is important to minimise the risk of fracture and subsequent need for extraction.
A crown is designed to fit over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
Crowns are also tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
At Hadley Wood Dental, we’ve had many years experience fitting dental crowns that are expertly fitted and long-lasting.
Had Root Canal Treatment?
If you have had root canal treatment crowns are needed to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
If you are in need of a more extensive restoration than a crown or have more than one tooth that needs to be replaced, a good and reliable solution is a bridge. Most bridges are made of a precious metal base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing.
If you need a bridge in your smile line, porcelain is usually added to the base to give the replacement teeth a more aesthetic appearance making them look just like natural teeth. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating much easier because they are fixed to the teeth and cannot be removed by the patient.
Bridge Fitting Aftercare
Once you have a bridge fitted you will need to take extra care of your daily oral hygiene to ensure your teeth stay plaque-free and your breathe stays fresh. Looked after properly a bridge can last for many years.
If you have one or more missing teeth, one solution is to have a denture fitted. A denture is made from hard-wearing materials that mimic the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance.
Dentures are custom-made for you to fit snuggly on your gums and are removable for easy cleaning.
When you wear dentures for the first time they may take a bit of getting used to when speaking or eating, but this should quickly settle down.
It is important to take extra care of your oral health if you wear dentures to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
Our hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture, how to keep it clean and advise you about the specialised brushes you can use to do this.
If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures it can affect your ability to eat and speak properly and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. However, with the advances in modern dentistry there is now a procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants. This treatment, known as denture stabilisation or implant overdentures, offers patients with problem dentures a more permanent solution and can significantly improve your quality of life. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel comfortable smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put.
Denture stabilisation requires surgery to have implants placed in your jaw. Once the implants have integrated with the bone and surrounding tissues over a period of time, your custom-made dentures are placed on top of the implants using a range of special fixtures. This means that your dentures will remain firmly in place, even at night, but can still be removed for easy cleaning, giving you a natural-looking smile, improved confidence and less irritation of your gums.
Replace missing bone loss
In certain cases, before an implant can be placed some patients will require surgical preparation in the upper jaw to ensure there is enough bone tissue into which the implant can be secured.
When the upper jaw has had teeth missing for some time, the bone and surrounding tissue begins to disappear. Once this occurs there may not be sufficient levels bone height to place an implant.
Fortunately, with the advances in dental implant surgery the solution to this problem is to perform a sinus lift.
A sinus lift is an oral surgical procedure that extends into the sinus cavity above the jaw and packs bone graft material into this space.
The graft material is incorporated by the surrounding bone and forms a solid structure very similar to bone.
After a period of time the implant site is checked and once adequate bone density level is achieved the implant is ready to be placed.