Implants

Teeth can be lost as a result of gum disease, dental decay and injury. Having a missing tooth can greatly impact self-confidence, especially if the gap is visible when you smile. While there are different options available for replacing missing teeth, implants are the best solution as they are long-lasting, secure, and strengthen your jaw. Implants are also incredibly versatile and can even be used to retain dentures.

Immediate implants

Having implants at our specialist Implant Clinic

In our clinic, we utilise the latest technology to plan and execute the complex implantology cases. These special cases requiring multiple implants are planned with 3d computer modeling software based on CT imaging. This has the advantage of minimising the human error in complex cases.

Our principal, Mr Tekeli is a Consultant in Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery and he has got experience in 3d planning for complex reconstruction of facial structures and implant placements.

What are dental implants?

Implants are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone, acting like artificial tooth roots. Over time, the implants fuse to the bone, a process called osseointegration. This forms a strong foundation and can support a single crown, a bridge and, in combination with other implants, a full arch.

Can I have an implant?

If you have enough bone density, then having an implant will not be a problem. Your implant needs plenty of bone to fuse to so we first assess the health of your jaw. If there has been any loss of bone tissue, we can use a bone graft to encourage the tissue to replenish. In some cases of severe gum disease, it’s necessary for us to replenish lost bone to help the structure and health of your jaw.

What is involved in having an implant placed?

First appointment

It takes several appointments for us to place an implant and restore a missing tooth. We start with an initial consultation where we discuss in detail your treatment plan and how long we envisage the treatment will take.

Assessment

We take x-rays and scans of your mouth so we can get a clear picture of your jaw. We use these x-rays and scans to locate the best spot for us to place the implant. If we are replacing a single missing tooth, the implant will be placed where the tooth root used to be.

Placing the implant

We always use anaesthetic and make sure you are completely at ease when having the implant placed. We may need to place a temporary crown or bridge at the site to keep the area protected while the implant fuses and heals. It takes a few months for the implant to fully fuse to the jawbone. Once it has healed, we arrange to the top of the implant to be exposed from the gum so we can take impressions of the area.

Preparing for the restoration

Whether you are having a crown or a bridge affixed to your implant, we will need to take impressions so we can create perfect replacement teeth. These impressions are then used by a dental lab where your new teeth will be made from tooth-like porcelain. Once they have been crafted and sent back to us, we arrange for the fitting.

Fitting the replacement teeth

The fitting makes the treatment worth the wait when you can see yourself with a full smile again. We test the crowns or bridge before fitting in place to check the fit and make sure that you are happy with the end result. We then fix them in place to the implant abutment using a special dental adhesive.

Looking after your implants

Just like with natural teeth, implants will last longer if you keep up with a regular and thorough cleaning routine. While the replacement teeth are resistant to bacteria, the supporting gum tissue and bone are not. Keeping your mouth clear of bacteria will make sure your implants last just as long as your natural teeth.

Find Us

We are located on the first floor of County Hall. When visiting, walk to Westminster Bridge Road and take the arched entrance into County Hall.


Monday
8:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
8:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday
8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday
8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday
8:30am - 4:00pm

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Southbank Dentistry & Implant Clinic Riverside Building,
Westminster Bridge Rd
London, SE1 7PB

Tel: 020 7183 3558