Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry and Implants
Dr Keith Cohen has over 20 years experience of placing and restoring dental implants and is registered as a Specialist.
He has a particular interest in aesthetic treatments and whole mouth cases, which can involve implants with bone and gum grafting and also teaches qualified dentists and postgraduate students in these techniques.
He has received training in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and England from a number of well-known Professors in these fields. Patients with complex cases and smokers are welcome to come for a consultation.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. These are made from titanium, which has the unusual property of allowing bone to grow onto its surface. The strong attachment with the bone allows implants to support fixed or removable teeth.
What stages are involved in making a new tooth?
The dental implant is placed in the jaw bone through a small incision.
After a period of 2 to 3 months healing impressions and records are taken to fabricate the restoration to fit on top.
What components make up the implant restoration?
The implant is equivalent to the root of a tooth in the bone.
The crown is the tooth part you see in the mouth.
The abutment is the post, which connects the above.
What if I don’t have enough bone?
The gum and bone tend to shrink away once a tooth has been lost, however, new techniques and materials allow these tissues to be replaced.
What is the difference between mini implants and conventional implants?
Mini- implants are thinner and weaker than conventional implants and are particularly useful for stabilising loose dentures or making a temporary fixed restoration during more complex implant treatment.
We also offer computer guided implant placement.
After having a 3D CT scan your implant placement can be planned virtually on the computer screen. This data can then be transferred to an implant guide which helps to save you time and the discomfort of raising the gum.
- Saves Time
- Minimises surgery
- Can be combined with Same Day Teeth
Dental implants are made from titanium, a metallic material that is well tolerated by bone and bone tissue. Titanium has been used by dentists for dental implants since the early 1950s and has proved to be the most successful medium for the process. Titanium dental implants fuse with the natural bone and within a few months will be totally integrated naturally into the mouth. This process called Osseo integration makes a very stable support for the new teeth and one implant can be enough to support up to five or six teeth. Many dental practices in London specialise in fitting dental implants.
Dental implants have to be inserted by drilling a small hole into the jaw bone so it is important that any anatomical abnormalities are noted by the dentist and that the density of the bone can support the procedure beforehand. Once the dentist has made all the checks and scans, work can begin. We, like all London dentists, will notify the patient if any underlying health problems are shown up during the procedural checks and will only carry out dental implant work once any other problems have been resolved.
I am Nervous about having the treatment?
For nervous patients and long treatments we have a medical anaesthetist available to provide sedation.
Teeth in an hour
The latest technology allows us to make a scan of the jaws and transfer this information to an implant guide, which then allows placement of implants without lifting the gum.
In addition, new temporary teeth can be prefabricated so that they can be placed immediately on top of the implants – this can even be completed in an hour for some patients.
The advantages are minimal trauma, fast treatment time and immediate fixed teeth.