A dental implant is a strong tooth replacement, which along with a crown restores a missing tooth. The implant is screwed in to the jaw by a qualified dentist and is designed to last a lifetime.
– The dental implant supports the alveolar bone, helping to prevent jawbone loss where teeth are missing.
– Gum disease can affect the tissue around an implant, therefore a dentist will check for healthy gums before proceeding.
– A candidate for a dental implant will need enough jawbone to support it and no existing gum infection.
“When your alveolar bone is strong, you’re less likely to lose teeth. Jawbone naturally recedes when a tooth is lost, as the bone is no longer being stimulated by that particular tooth and so the body doesn’t see a need for it.”
Anthony Bendkowski or ‘Ben’ to his team, is a specialist in oral surgery in practice limited to implant reconstructive surgery in London and the South East of England. He qualified from University College Hospital Dental School, London in 1982 and subsequently gained extensive experience in both hospital and practice-based oral surgery.
He has over twenty five years of experience in both the surgical and restorative management of implant cases. He has a keen interest in all aspects of dental education and has lectured on and run bone augmentation and implant training courses, as well as lecturing on business skills for successful implant practice for a number of years. He is a Past President of the Association of Dental Implantology (UK) and an examiner for the Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry as well as for Membership in Oral Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons, England.
Clinically Ben undertakes all aspects of implant treatment, including Teeth in a Day/All on 4 surgery, aesthetic anterior tooth replacement, and complex cases involving extensive bone reconstruction.
In his spare time he is a keen pilot and can regularly be seen flying his vintage WW II aircraft in airshows. Ben also enjoys playing guitar badly with a local band, ‘Leaky Tap’.