An explanation of the key functions of dental implants

At Bromley Dental Practice we offer many restorative treatments to address our patients’ needs. One of our most popular treatments that patients undergo is dental implant surgery. When patients experience tooth loss this can have a detrimental effect on their wellbeing. Dental implants are a permanent solution which are made to attach to the jaw. This mimics real teeth, however the replacement teeth will either be in the form of a crown, denture or bridge. Dental implants Bromley look and function in the same way as real teeth, they are set in place to replace any missing teeth with long-lasting artificial ones. This solution is a safe procedure and gives patients the ability to eat and chew as they please. If this treatment is something of interest to you, call or contact our team about dental implants Bromley.


What happens when you lose your natural teeth?

When an individual loses one or multiple natural teeth, the jawbone and the tissue surrounding them begins to disappear over the course of time. When an implant is secured and fused into the jaw this will help to stimulate the remaining bone to grow. Dental implants Bromley help restore the natural function of teeth so that a patient is able to eat, chew and bite properly, meaning that many digestive problems can be rectified too. Many patients worry about their dentures falling out, however with dental implants there will be no need to worry. These implants will be firmly attached for a lifetime, therefore there is no need to opt for a soft food diet.

Side effects of undergoing dental implant surgery

It is important to note that with every procedure an assessment must be made to see whether you can apply as a suitable candidate. Therefore, it is imperative to attend an initial consultation with us at the practice. There are some potential complications that can occur, however with every surgery this risk is always present. The most common side effects can include infection, however the possibility of an infection can be minimised if precautions are taken beforehand and your overall health is assessed in advance. It is also highly significant that you follow the dental surgeon’s advice for the appropriate aftercare. An infection can vary in severity depending on the location. For instance, an individual may develop a bacterial infection and this will require antibiotics, however, if the bacterial infection is found within the bone, it may require removal of some bone tissue, but this is a rare occurence.

The lifetime benefits of dental implants

Although this treatment is invasive the results are very often permanent. There are various benefits when going through with this dental procedure. One of the biggest benefits of receiving dental implants is that the implants are easy to maintain. No special product is required to care for the implants, the only care that is required is the usual brushing and flossing of the teeth. A patient’s normal dental routine will not need to be changed as the aftercare of implants is the same as caring for natural teeth. It is very important to look after the teeth and gums and maintain good oral health. There is a common misconception that artificial teeth do not need to be cleaned, however this is far from the truth, implants can develop plaque just like normal teeth.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


How do dental implants in Bromley work?

Dental implants in Bromley are small titanium screws that can be used to replace the root of your missing tooth. Titanium is as strong as stainless steel; however, it is 50% lighter and, therefore, most suitable for inserting into the body. It is inert, so it does not cause any reactions but rather, when it is inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth, promotes a process called osseointegration. This process enables bone growth and tissue bonding around the implant so that it can be securely embedded into the jaw.


Dental implant surgery is an invasive procedure where your dentist may need to drill a small hole into the bone socket of your missing tooth for the implant to fit securely. This can be carried out under local anaesthesia to help reduce pain and discomfort. If you suffer from anxiety or dental phobia, you can speak to us about other options that may be available for you.

The process of osseointegration can take several months to complete, and as it is a natural process, it can vary from patient to patient. If you suffer from underlying health conditions, such as diabetes where the body is unable to heal itself effectively, you may find that dental implants in Bromley are not suitable for you. However, by speaking to your dentist here at Bromley Dental Practice, you will find out more about the different options that are available for you.

Suppose you have one or two missing teeth in different places of your mouth, then you will need an implant for each tooth. If you have two adjacent missing teeth, then sometimes one dental implant can support two crowns depending on the health of your jawbone and gums. For multiple missing teeth, you will need multiple implants to support bridges or dentures, depending on your dental requirements and personal preference. If you have been researching dental implants in Bromley then you may have heard about a procedure known as all-on-4; this is usually the preferred option for those who want to replace all their teeth. All-on-4 works by using four dental implants to support a bridge or other fixed prosthetic for the missing teeth. In this way, you can replace 10 to 14 missing teeth in one go.

Advantages of dental implants

Dental implants in Bromley are a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth, providing comfort and security as the implants can be embedded firmly into your jawbone. They fuse with your natural dentition and so do not affect the appearance of your mouth. By replacing your missing teeth you can enhance the aesthetics of your smile and restore the full functioning of your mouth, which may have been affected by tooth loss. This includes your ability to chew comfortably, speak coherently and maintain good oral health. Speak to your dentist here at Bromley Dental Practice today and book an appointment to find out more about dental implants and how they can help you achieve a happier and healthier smile for life.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Dental implants; your FAQs answered!

Do you want to close that gap in your smile permanently?


At Bromley Dental Practice, we can help! We can fit dental implants in Bromley and will assist you with the aftercare and maintenance to ensure that your implants last a long time, giving you the smile you always wanted. Great!

Here, our team answers the most commonly asked queries that we receive about dental implants in Bromley.

Are tooth implants uncomfortable?

In short, no.

When our team fits dental implants in Bromley, we will ensure that your mouth is sufficiently numbed beforehand. Once your implants have been fitted and the numbing agent fades, you may experience a sensation that feels similar to bruising or soreness around the implant site; this is perfectly normal.

However, if the discomfort increases or is preventing you from eating or sleeping, please call us immediately.

Aren’t they overly expensive?

Many patients worry that oral implants will be too expensive for them to afford.

However, at Bromley Dental Practice, we know that money doesn’t grow on trees! That is why we can offer our suitable patients financing options to help you spread the cost of having oral implants fitted.

For more information on a rough estimate of the cost of implants, please visit our ‘fees and Offers’ section. Alternatively, contact our team.

Can oral implants become decayed?

No, they cannot but that does not mean they cannot suffer from the effects of tooth decay.

If, for instance, a natural tooth that is next to an oral implant becomes decayed and needs removing, the jaw around the tooth will recede. In turn, this may lead to the oral implant moving out of line and becoming misaligned, crooked or protruding.

So while oral implants may not succumb to decay, they can certainly feel the effects of it.

Do I need to improve my oral hygiene after having an implant fitted?

It is advised that once you have an oral implant fitted, you may need to improve your overall oral hygiene.

For instance, when you have implants fitted, you will need to keep both your implants and your natural teeth clean by brushing them twice a day. You will also need to use mouthwash and of course, we always state to our patients with oral implants that they visit our surgery twice a year for check-ups. This is to ensure that your gums remain in good condition and are not succumbing to any form of gum disease, which can cause your oral implants to fall out.

If you need help caring for your oral implants, please talk to our team.

How much bone is needed for an oral implant?

This will depend on the type of oral implant being fitted; for the most common implant type, endosteal, you will need a minimum of 1 mm of bone for a single implant with no surrounding natural teeth. If you have an implant that is going to be fitted next to a tooth, you may need up to 3 mm of bone to support the implant root.

However, our team at Bromley Dental will provide an initial consultation if you are looking to have oral implants fitted and will determine your suitability for implants.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


When life gives you lemons, get Dental Implants in Bromley!

People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, not just poor oral hygiene. While cavities, gum disease and never brushing your teeth are common causes, having an illness such as diabetes or an accident are other factors beyond your control. In fact, patients are more at risk of losing their teeth if they are male, over 35 – or both! Whatever the cause of tooth loss, there can be no denying that it is a source of anxiety and concern. If left untreated, you could expose any remaining natural teeth and your gums to bacteria and risk further harm. You can also develop a shrunken appearance in your face as the teeth aren’t there to give you the structure it needs. At Bromley Dental Practice, it doesn’t need to be all doom and gloom with Dental Implants in Bromley.


What are dental implants?

Dental Implants in Bromley are a clever little solution to your woes! They are small titanium screws that are used as artificial roots for your teeth and are attached to your jaw bone. When these are set in place, your replacement teeth can be fixed to them using an abutment. The replacement teeth can be crowns, bridges or dentures and are used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole set.

Why dental implants are good for you

Dental implants have many advantages compared with other teeth replacement options. The beauty of implants is that once they are fitted, they aren’t going to go anywhere. You can eat whatever you like and they won’t be moving, unlike other more traditional replacement teeth options such as dentures. Whether you’re chomping on an apple or chatting to a friend, these nifty noshers won’t be going anywhere – and nobody will realise they aren’t your natural teeth too! Replacement teeth are always made to match any remaining natural teeth that you have in the size, shape and shade department, so you can smile your biggest smile and forget your teeth are implants.

A further benefit of implants is that you can also give your face its structure back if you have experienced any shrinkage; this can result in you having a more youthful appearance without the need for lotions and potions! Also, by filling in the gaps in your smile, you are protecting your remaining natural teeth and gums from further exposure to bacteria. Once they’re fitted, you simply need to brush and floss as normal to keep the bacteria away!

Anything else I need to know?

To find out if dental implants are for you, simply book in for an initial consultation with us here at Bromley Dental Practice. We have a friendly and professional team who are waiting to welcome you. During your initial consultation, we will examine your mouth and check that implants are the right treatment for you. Sometimes, patients don’t have enough bone density in the jaw to attach the screws to. In that case, we may be able to offer a bone graft, so don’t despair! With our flexible opening hours, we want to make it easy for busy working people to get the care they need, so you don’t need to take time off. And if you’re just a night owl, we are here for you too!

So, don’t feel down about having missing teeth, take action and book in with us; let’s turn those lemons into lemonade (and brush our teeth afterwards!)

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Filling in your smile with dental implants

Suffering from tooth loss?


Losing a tooth through accidental damage or natural causes can have a detrimental impact on your emotional wellbeing, your appearance and, in time, your overall oral health. Understanding the impact of tooth loss and how to get help is something that our team at Bromley Dental Practice deals with every day. So, let us help you on your journey to restoring your beautiful smile.

Why might oral implants suit you?

The first main things to understand are what dental implants in Bromley are and how they work.

Implants are small, titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone, in turn stimulating the growth of the surrounding bone. The body is able to secure these screws in place creating an extremely sturdy base for a replenished tooth. Whilst reading this on paper may sound like a ghastly experience filled with pain and discomfort, it is far from it and the insertion of the screw into the jawbone causes only minimal discomfort during the healing process.

During the procedure, a local anaesthetic is applied to the area ensuring that you are as comfortable as possible throughout the process. No need to worry about your pain threshold levels or how much time to take off of work because, when you have dental implants in Bromley, you will be able to continue as normal with only minimal discomfort throughout the healing time.

Now, before any procedure takes place, our wonderful dental team at Bromley Dental Practice will ensure that you are a suitable candidate for it and that it will be the right solution to your tooth loss. To determine this, we will arrange a consultation for you during which we will not only discuss the procedure but also perform a physical examination, along with x-rays and digital scans. The examination will allow us to ensure that the jawbone has significant depth to hold onto the implant and that your oral hygiene is of a high standard. Both of these greatly impact the effectiveness of the dental implants in Bromley and, therefore, need to be taken into consideration.

Is insufficient jawbone depth a barrier to having implants?

Whilst having sufficient bone depth is of great importance to the success of the implants, it is great to know that there are ways to create the required depth using bone grafts. Using a piece of your own bone from another part of your body is often the preferred method due to significant advantages in healing. However, synthetic material can also be used, enabling patients to decide on which approach to take under the guidance of their dental team.

Filled with uncertainty and unsure what to do?

At no point will you be alone when making any of the important decisions. Our dental team at Bromley Dental Practice is here to guide you through each step of the process to ensure that it is the right one for you. After all, we will consistently work as a team throughout all of your dental work.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Are you in need of dental implants in Bromley?

If you have had the misfortune to lose a tooth due to either an accident or natural causes, you may be looking at ways to replace it and restore your smile to what it once was. A missing tooth can have an impact on your oral health as well as your confidence. At Bromley Dental Practice, we understand the negative impact this can have, which is why at our practice we offer treatments within restorative dentistry including dental implants in Bromley which will help you on your journey to replacing your missing tooth and restoring your smile to what it once was.


Dental treatments we offer for missing teeth at Bromley Dental Practice

If you are considering dental implants to replace a tooth or multiple teeth, at our practice we offer a number of dental treatments in restorative dentistry. One of the most well known dental treatment options is to have dentures. Made from hard wearing materials which are designed to look like your teeth and gums, dentures are considered to be a suitable option for those who have lost a few or all of their teeth. Although it may take some time to get used to, dentures are made so they fit snugly over your gums and in time, you will be able to speak, eat and chew without any difficulty. Dentures are also removable, so you will be able to ensure that they are regularly cleaned, which is important as not keeping up with your hygiene regime can lead to oral health issues such as bad breath and in some cases gum disease.

If you are still worried about the prospect of your dentures falling out whilst you are talking or eating, another option which is available for our patients who have a missing tooth are dental implants in Bromley.

What are dental implants?

Another form of restorative dentistry, dental implants in Bromley are used to replace teeth. Dental implants are essentially screws made typically of titanium which are inserted into the jawbone where the tooth should be and a crown, bridge or dentures are fixed onto the screws. In order to ensure you are suitable for the treatment however, you will have a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. This will give us the opportunity to determine whether you have a good amount of healthy bone to support the screw.

For this procedure, the screw is inserted into the jawbone surgically and under a local anaesthetic. Once this has been done, you will then be asked to return to the practice after a number of weeks. This is in order for the screw to fuse with the jawbone and heal completely. Once this has happened, when you return to our practice, the implant (which would have been custom made to match your remaining teeth) will be fixed onto the screw.

Dental implants in Bromley are made to look and feel natural, practically indistinguishable from your remaining teeth. This treatment also allows you to eat and chew normally, restoring the full functionality of your teeth.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Replacing teeth with dental implants

At Bromley Dental Practice we go the extra step with restorative dentistry and offer dental implants in Bromley. So, we can replace teeth that have been lost perhaps decades ago!


Dental implants are becoming more and more popular at our clinic; public initial scepticism seems to be fading as oral implants become more common and those that have had them already readily spread the word about what it is like to live with an immobilized prosthetic.

Across the practice we have a great deal of experience and a substantial portfolio of past successful implantations. We aim to  provide the highest standard of care to our local community.

What are dental implants?

The dental implants we use in our clinic are a three-part system. The implant itself is a small titanium rod with a slightly tapered side when fully integrated into the jaw. The titanium implant is not visible as it is completely beneath the gum line. Attached to the implant is the connector, which is a two-sided component, allowing the semi-permanent attachment of an oral prosthetic to the titanium implant. This prosthetic could be a single tooth similar to a porcelain crown; alternatively, a pair of implants can be used to hold a bridge in place independently of any adjacent healthy teeth.

Five implants spread equally out across the arch of the mouth is considered sufficient to immobilise a full set of dentures. This has the advantage of supporting the denture and preventing it from moving therefore eliminating the chance of sores forming. Once a denture is immobile in such a way, it can no longer be removed for cleaning or overnight soaking, making the patient return to a twice-daily brushing routine for many patients. This is seen as a big improvement and a return to an earlier time when they used to regularly brush their natural teeth. It also makes their dentures feel more like a part of the patient’s body. And many patients also feel confident when it comes to consuming hard foods, laughing and talking without the concern of dentures coming loose.

Can I get oral implants?

Most people are suitable for receiving dental implants in Bromley but there are some counter-indicated conditions. For instance, special operations will have to be enacted if you are on blood thinners or have a transmissible blood disorder. There are conditions that will affect the overall treatment time as the integration of an implant into the jaw and this is dependent on the patient’s rate of bone growth; if you have a condition that reduces your rate of bone growth or bone density, implantation becomes more challenging but you would have to discuss your personal situation with our dentists in order to get a definitive answer. If you are curious about dental implants in Bromley for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to get in contact with the clinic and we will be happy to advise you further. We are happy to take queries by phone or by email.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Should I consider dental implants?

Many people have missing teeth but are unsure about what treatment to use to remedy this, if this sounds like you, you are in the right place to receive the best help. If a patient is looking for Dental Implants in Bromley, then they should consider the Bromley Dental Practice.  Their implants have been specially designed to allow you to complete your smile again. There are many reasons why you should consider this treatment, not only for the aesthetic reasons of having a good looking smile. Having a complete smile will prevent issues from occurring in the future, such as gum disease. The structural integrity of the face can also be compromised due to missing teeth so having a complete smile can prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. If you think that the implants could be for you and your smile, then you should read on to the next section to see how the implants are fitted.


How are implants fitted?

The Dental Implants in Bromley are fitted in a specific way so they last. These implants can be seen as an investment into your smile. These implants, if properly cared for, can last a long time and can look, act and feel like the tooth that you lost. The implants are fitted at the site in the jaw and given sufficient time to heal. The post that is left behind can be fitted with a crown, bridge or denture to complete the procedure. Your new crown, bridge or denture is matched to your surrounding teeth so your smile looks complete. Your dentist will work with you to determine if this treatment is the best choice for you. Your dentist will be there every step of the way to ensure that you are getting the correct support that you require. If you think that these implants could be the correct treatment for you, then you should consider reading on to see what you should do next to get the smile that you deserve.

What should I do next?

If you think that Dental Implants in Bromley could be the right choice for you, then you should consider getting in contact with us. We are always welcoming to new patients, we want to make all of our patients experience the best level of healthcare when they visit our practice. You can get in contact with us here at Bromley Dental Practice in a number of different ways. You will always be put first to ensure that you get the help that you need. You can call us directly or you can contact us through our website. Our website is a good place to read up about this treatment as well as other treatments that we offer. You will be invited for a consultation. We will use this time to get to know you and your smile so we can best put together a treatment plan for you. We look forward to hearing from you and being able to help you get one step closer to completing your smile again.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Think oral implants are purely cosmetic? Health benefits of dental implants

In 2021, there are many ways to resolve the hindrance of a missing tooth or teeth.


As many people know, two of the most common methods utilized in dental care today are still dentures for an entire set of missing teeth and a bridge if you have a single tooth or a few teeth missing in a row.

But, sadly, these restoratives are not without fault and can still cause rubbing and sores to form on your gums when you wear them.

Luckily there is a way to bypass these issues while still getting the same visual effect that these prosthetics offer and that is with oral implants.

At Bromley Dental Practice, we are exceedingly proud to be able to offer our suitable patients dental implants in Bromley. Placed into your jaw, these clever little titanium screws fuse with your jaw, which allows us to then attach a single tooth or, in some cases, an entire set of dentures. Secured in place, your new teeth will not move and will last for well over 20 years!

But wait, there’s more! Here are some other benefits to help you decide if dental implants in Bromley are for you.

Better oral health

As we all know, accumulated plaque leads to cavities, decay and gum disease.

When you have a missing tooth or teeth, plaque and bacteria can accumulate in the gap. With dental implants in Bromley, the gap is filled permanently, allowing you to maintain great oral health.

Better general health

As before, gaps in the teeth have been linked to excessive amounts of plaque.

And excess amounts of plaque have been linked to a myriad of general health issues; everything from cancers to cardiovascular disease. This is because plaque can cause the gums to swell and become more porous, allowing bacteria to get into your body. Yikes!

So, having oral implants fitted will not only improve your smile and keep your oral health in top shape, but it will also reduce the likelihood of secondary issues forming.

Better sleep

When you have gaps in your teeth, especially your molars, you are more likely to grind your teeth when you sleep.

This can cause you to wake up in the night, can create recurrent headaches and migraines while also exacerbating stiff muscles. With all the gaps filled, your upper and lower jaw will sit together comfortably, allowing for better sleep.

Better diet

With missing teeth or even dentures, you may feel worried about eating certain foods like corn on the cob or apples.

But, as oral implants are fitted in place, look and feel like natural teeth, you can begin to vary your diet more, allowing for better nutritional intake!

Better digestion

And of course, more teeth equates to better digestion too. Chewing food correctly requires all of your teeth to be grinding together, to make the eaten food smaller and to make digestion easier. With gapped teeth, larger chunks reach the stomach and cause problems like acid reflux and indigestion.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.


Have you read that dental implants fall out? 5 myths about implants debunked by Bromley Dental

When you have a missing tooth, you may have looked into having it fixed or restored in some way.


Of course, the regular options involving fitted bridges or even dentures if you have multiple teeth missing can be appealing and may have been the first options that sprung to your mind.

However, fitted bridges can put additional pressure onto the teeth they are attached to and, as you may have heard, dentures can move and wiggle, causing sore spots and ulcers to form along your gums. Oh, dear!

Luckily, in the last 10 years, a new restorative procedure has arisen and now, you may want to consider oral implants as a restorative treatment.

Our team at Bromley Dental Practice has helped many patients to restore their smiles using dental implants in Bromley and now, we can help you too! Affixed to your jaw, these prosthetic teeth will not move, allowing you to bite into food with full strength and chew without concerns relating to movement. They also look just like your natural teeth too! What more could you want from a restorative procedure?

But you may have heard some myths about dental implants in Bromley and here, our team debunk the most common 5 that we hear. Enjoy!

Implants are for young people

If you are in good health and have a high level of oral hygiene, then there is no upper age limit on our dental implants in Bromley!

In fact, to have the regular endosteal variety fitted, you need to have a strong jaw and healthy gum tissue. If you have these and don’t have any degenerative bone disorders, then it’s highly likely that you will be suitable for implants.

Getting implants is uncomfortable

No, it isn’t.

Firstly, our team at Bromley Dental will ensure that the area around where the implant is to be fitted is numbed before beginning the process, so you won’t feel a thing.

Secondly, although we cannot specify on any individuals discomfort levels, we have been told that once the numbing agents have worn off, the sensation is similar to an extraction and as such, it should be controllable with over the counter pain relief.

The surgery is risky

As there is no general anaesthetic involved, the risks associated with this surgery are minimal.

You will be awake for the entire procedure and, of course, the environment it is performed in will be completely sterilized.

They will fall out

It is highly unlikely that your implants will fall out.

However, if after a few weeks post-fitting you notice a sensation of movement related to your implants, contact our team for an urgent assessment. Early intervention may make the difference between you keeping or losing an implant.

Implants are too expensive for general people to afford

At Bromley Dental, we know money doesn’t grow on trees.

And as such, we are able to offer suitable patients financing options, which can help break down the finished cost of any cosmetic procedure into affordable, monthly instalments.

Bromley Dental Practice

Zaki graduated from University of Bristol 1999 and has practiced in Kent since then. He is passionate about dentistry and providing the highest standard of care for patients, at the same time, he keeps himself at the cutting edge of modern dental techniques.