Harley Street, in the centre of London, is an area renowned for its medical and dental practitioners of high standard who call Harley Street home. These practices have helped the area become synonymous with top-tier, discreet, cosmetic medica\l and dental works. They have upheld the reputation set around 1816, when the large, Victorian townhouses of the area first attracted doctors and dental practitioners. Throughout the years, Harley Street has catered to the needs of celebrities, local residents and royals alike and has firmly earned its reputation as the place to go for any cosmetic treatments. Patients seeking out dental implants in London, can be assured Harley Street will provide treatment of the highest possible standards of professionalism, excellence and care.
Filling gaps through time
The process of replacing missing teeth through cosmetic dentistry is by no means a new one – but it has certainly evolved with the times. From as far back as 600 AD, archeologists have found skulls from the Mayan age with rudimentary implants constructed from bone, stones and minerals. Contemporary implants as they are recognised today first began to emerge in the 1960’s when titanium metal plates were inserted into holes in a patient’s teeth, or gaps within their gums. By today’s standards, this was a crude affair which resulted in the patient’s outward appearance being permanently visibly altered, as well as causing them a great degree of discomfort.
Today however, thanks to the age of technological prowess we live in, the process of filling in missing teeth has evolved into a remarkably painless and simple undertaking which results in a patient’s smile being seamlessly restored without any noticeable alterations. Typically, this sort of treatment is only opted for in instances where teeth have been lost, or damaged beyond repair – and acts as an orthodontic anchor, or prosthetic solution to large or unsightly gaps within a patient’s mouth. Patients who are seeking out treatments of this nature often do so as they have found their outward appearance to be having a detrimental effect on their social lives, as having large gaps in their mouths can be embarrassing. The process of filling in missing teeth initially begins with a small hole being drilled into the patient’s gum, in the space where they are missing the tooth (or teeth) which are being replaced. Then a titanium socket is inserted into the hole, and left to heal. During the brief healing period, the specialised, dental titanium fuses with the bone in the patient’s gum – resulting in the screw being firmly attached to the root of the patient’s mouth. After which, a replica tooth constructed from porcelain or plastic, is then screwed into the fused socket and thus the gap is bridged with a tooth, virtually indistinguishable from the rest and smiles are restored.
Treatment of this nature can have a massively positive effect on the well-being of those who receive it. As teeth shape the structure of a patient’s face, when teeth are missing the patient’s face can appear disjointed or misshapen and by restoring the structure of their mouths, their appearance is positively affected as a result. Also by restoring missing teeth, dental practitioners afford patients the ability to smile to their fullest, without having to be concerned about exposing large or unsightly gaps in their mouths.