Philip and Sanjay are GDC-registered specialists in oral surgery and have been providing implant treatment since 1995. They have both successfully completed the highly acclaimed FDGP Diploma and Advanced Certificate in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons and were tutors on this prestigious course for several years. Philip and Sanjay have both been appointed as examiners in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons and are involved in training many dentists on how to place and restore dental implants. They are pleased to offer a comprehensive implant referral service for cases ranging from single tooth replacement to full arch reconstruction, with ridge augmentation if required.
People have been successfully treated with oral implants since the 1960s. This form of treatment has revolutionised the way people affected by tooth loss can live. Tooth loss as a condition can now be successfully overcome. This means people no longer have to face the embarrassment of dentures and the accompanying gum shrinkage which can give rise to premature facial ageing. Implant treatment literally transforms a person's life!
If you wear a full or partial denture or are simply missing a single tooth, dental implants could help permanently restore your smile. Put simply, a dental implant replaces the root of your missing tooth, allowing a fixed replacement tooth to be attached to it. The replacement tooth will look and feel totally authentic.
A dental implant is made of titanium, one of the few metals to be accepted readily by the body and to possess osseointegration properties. This means that bone grows around, and attaches itself to, the metal.
The dental implant, which acts as an artificial root, is carefully placed in your jaw, after which the process of osseointegration begins. In this way, the implant becomes part of your mouth, secured firmly within the bone of your jaw. A crown or other dental appliance is then specially designed and manufactured to match the neighbouring teeth, then attached to the implant. The result is a tooth which is so securely anchored within your jaw that it looks, feels and behaves exactly the same as does a natural tooth.
Perhaps you, like many other people who suffer from tooth loss, feel that the condition has seriously affected your confidence and quality of life. Dental implants can restore these, allowing you once again to smile freely, enjoy those difficult-to-eat foods and avoid the drudgery of dentures.