Loss of teeth is sometimes very difficult for patients. It makes eating more difficult, it affects the way we look and it can lead to self-esteem issues. There is also extensive research to show that tooth loss leads to more dental problems such as, the remaining teeth work harder to bear the brunt of chewing which, can cause issues in other teeth, loss of bone, movement of neighbouring teeth which can then lead to gum and functional problems and shrinkage of our face as teeth support our soft tissues. There are multiple reasons therefore why patients want to replace their missing teeth.
Dental implants are probably the most significant advancement in dentistry and patients nowadays choose this type of treatment in most clinical situations where they are missing one or more teeth. Replacing bridges and dentures in a great number of cases, they have proven to be the longer lasting and by far the most conservative long- term treatment option when replacing missing teeth.
At Thames Dental Care in Thames Ditton, we specialise in the provision of dental implants. We use single implants to replace missing teeth, or multiple implants to replace missing teeth with bridges or implant retained dentures. Dr Bravis is a registered Specialist in Prosthodontics, which makes her an expert in the provision of implants. She has many years of experience, enabling her to provide dental implants for single tooth replacement up to complicated cases where multiple implants may be required. Being a registered specialist, means that she has met the strict requirements to be called a ‘Specialist in the field’.
A major advantage is that we do not need to anchor dental implants on to teeth, so there is no damage to the existing teeth at all. With patient comfort and well-being at the forefront of our treatment regime, we aim to make implant surgery as gentle as possible and minimise post-operative complications which can occur after any surgical procedure, such as pain, bruising or swelling. Dental implants can be placed gently, quickly and painlessly and, are usually placed under a simple local anaesthetic (much like when we place routine fillings). We use a unique dental implant system with a unique placement protocol which makes the surgery very easy and gentle. Our system also manufactures implants with the purest titanium surface in the market. Some patients can be particularly nervous in regards to dental treatment, so we do offer treatment under sedation if necessary.
It is very important to have an initial consultation in order to find out what your concerns are. Prior to placing any implants we need to take a cone beam CT scan of the area where we want to place implants which will guide our treatment and will show us exactly how much bone you have. We will also need to make sure that you are dentally fit before the surgery. This means that you may need to see the hygienist or even the periodontist before we place implants, in case of gum disease. We aim to place implants that will perform over many years and for this reason treatment planning is very important. We are a multi-disciplinary team of dental specialists and for this reason we can offer the best solutions with the most predictable results.
Please call us on 0208 398 9466 or email the practice at email@example.com to find out more about our unique dental implant system and book an appointment to discuss your options to replace any missing teeth. If you are missing all your teeth, Dr Theodora Bravis has a particular interest in complete denture cases (replacement of the full complement of teeth).