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a woman undergoing dental implant procedureFor some people, it’s been a long, long time since they tore into a really good steak, or crunched their way through a bag of chocolate peanuts at the cinema. This the sad reality for people with missing teeth. They have to bid farewell to their favourite foods because their false teeth just can’t cope with biting and chewing without sliding around. Well, it was the sad fact. These days it doesn’t have to be that way, with dental implants in London.

Dental implants provide a long-lasting, stable replacement for missing teeth. And the good news is that, as this treatment becomes ever more mainstream, with more experienced surgeons able to insert implants, more people are suitable candidates for implants. And the difficult cases can come to highly trained and experienced dentists, such as those at Moor Park Dental for dental implants in London. This may be something like needing preparatory surgery to improve the state of the jawbone, such as a sinus lift.

How basic implant surgery works

The dentist drills an artificial socket into the jawbone, and taps or screws in a tiny titanium post. After this, several weeks are required between appointments while healing takes place. It is during this vital period of time that the titanium of the post actually meshes with the new bone tissue, which grows all over the surface of the dental implants in London. When integration is complete, the artificial root of the dental implant is held in place by the jaw, just as if it was a natural tooth.

Once the jawbone has healed, the patient comes back for their next appointment when the artificial crowns are fitted onto the implants. The crowns are handcrafted for each patient using porcelain matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth. When patients leave with their new crowns, no one but the dentist and the patient will be able to tell which teeth are natural, and which are porcelain teeth being held in place by dental implants.

A single dental implant can carry a single replacement tooth, or a bridge holding several teeth. People can even have an entire set of teeth for each jaw, using a particular type of implant procedure known as All-On-4.