Hardeep qualified from Guys, Kings and St Thomas's Dental Hospital with a honours degree in Dentistry, read more.
Qualified with Honours in 1998 from the United Medical and Dental schools of Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals ... read more.
People loose teeth through many different reasons, i.e trauma (when teeth are knocked out) or due to decay, gum disease or old age. Whatever the reason for losing your teeth, they need to be replaced, both for aesthetic and functional reasons. The most common treatments for missing teeth are either a denture or a fixed bridge. However, dental implants are now becoming a more popular treatment to replace missing teeth, as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy gum tissue.
A dental implant is an artificial substitute/replacement for the root portion of your natural tooth and is anchored into a pre-drilled socket in your jaw-bone to support a crown, bridge or secure a denture firmly in place. Implants are made from titanium, a material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue. During the placement of a dental implant, the goal is to achieve a close contact between the outer surface of the implant and the surrounding bone tissue so they can "fuse" together (osseointegration), creating a stable support for your new tooth / teeth.
Dental implants can be placed in patients of any age (with fully developed jawbones), provided that they have a sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available. Most healthy individuals that maintain a good oral hygiene program are suitable candidates for dental implants. Circumstances where implants may not be suitable, or situations that have an increased risk of implant failure, include:
Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth and they can last a lifetime depending on how well you look after them. Like any other restoration, your implant-supported teeth can still be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene.
The price of dental implants tends to vary considerably and depends on several factors, including the level of skill of the surgeon, the type/quality/brand of implant used, the clinic where the treatment is carried out, the level of aftercare service provided, the amount of work required (i.e., bone grafting) and the number of implants required. In the UK, the cost of a single dental implant starts from £2000.