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Dental Implants: The Supportive Structures That Can Save Your Smile

Dental implants in London are artificial tooth roots that are placed into your jaw to hold replacement teeth in position. They may be an option for you if you have lost teeth due to gum disease or an injury.

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Suitability to Dental Implants

Your eligibility for dental implants will be determined by your dentist following an oral exam. During the exam, your dentist may take x-rays of your jaw, paying close attention to the quantity and quality of your jaw bone. You may not be able to proceed with treatment if the bone in the region of your planned implants is unhealthy or does not have enough mass.

Types of Dental Implants 

There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are the most commonly used implants. They include screws, blades, or cylinders that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone. They may be your ideal option if you have minimal bone height or density.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer many advantages over other restoration options. In addition to holding your artificial teeth in place, they replace your tooth roots. They fuse with your jawbone, helping to keep it intact.

Placement of Dental Implants

The most common method of placing dental implants is three-step, or staged, surgery. First, your dentist will place the implants under your gum so that they can fuse with your jawbone. Second, he will connect posts or abutments, which will penetrate through your gum and into your mouth. Finally, he will fit your artificial teeth to the abutments.

Caring for Dental Implants

Proper care of your dental implants in London is important to their longevity. The implants themselves will not decay, but conscientious at-home brushing and flossing is still required to prevent plaque from building up at the gum line.

Your implants will also require periodic checking by your dentist to ensure they function correctly. The screws that attach your artificial teeth to your abutments may loosen over time. If this happens, your dentist will simply retighten or replace the screws. Similarly, if your cemented artificial teeth become loose, your dentist will remove, clean, and re-cement them.

Sources
Dental Implants, American Academy of Periodontology
Healing and Treatment Care, Academy of Osseointegration

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Restore Your Pearly White Smile with the Help of a Cosmetic Dentist

Even with proper dental care, your teeth can discolour with time. If your teeth are in good condition but do not look as white as they used to be, a cosmetic dentist in London can help you restore the shine to your teeth. Teeth whitening is a fast and effective cosmetic procedure designed to lighten your teeth without removing your enamel. It cannot provide a radical colour change, but it can help improve your existing tooth colour.

Pearly White Smile

Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments

There are two main types of whitening procedures: vital whitening, for teeth that have live nerves, and non-vital whitening, for teeth that have had root canal treatment and no longer have live nerves.

Vital Teeth Whitening 

Vital teeth whitening is the most common type of tooth whitening. It uses a hydrogen peroxide gel that is applied directly to your tooth surface. A laser activates the gel and allows whitening to happen faster.

Non-Vital Teeth Whitening

Vital whitening may not lighten teeth that have had root canal treatment because the stains come from the inside of the teeth. Non-vital whitening is a procedure that whitens teeth from the inside. It involves placing a whitening agent inside the teeth and putting temporary fillings over the top. The teeth are then left for several days, until they reach the desired shade.

Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a safe and effective form of cosmetic dentistry, although it can cause some side effects. You may find that your teeth become more sensitive to cold foods and drinks for a short while following treatment. You may also experience gum discomfort, a sore throat or white patches on your gum line. These side effects are usually temporary and normally disappear within a few days.

Longevity of Teeth Whitening Effects

Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. However, with good oral hygiene and regular preventive care, its effects can last for up to three years. You can improve the longevity of the results of your treatment by avoiding foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. Stopping smoking can also help prevent staining.

Sources
Tooth Whitening, simplestepsdental.com
Tooth Whitening, dentalhealth.org

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