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Dental Implants - the perfect alternative to dentures or a bridge
If you’re living with a missing tooth but want something more permanent than dentures or a bridge, a dental implant could be the safe and secure solution you’re looking for. It is important not to leave a gap if a tooth has failed. Teeth are lost for all sorts of reasons including trauma, gum disease and tooth decay. Even if you do not have enough bone we have used many different techniques to help rebuild the bone or work around these challenges in order to insert dental implants.
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
The Implant products we use are made from high-grade materials, as we source them from reputed manufacturers renowned for outstanding primary stability and integration success rates. Our clinicians also provide patients with predictable long-term results, and do not compromise on the quality of the materials used.
Dental Implants - a long lasting solution
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the upper or lower jawbone. The implant acts as a root to support crowns, bridges, or dentures to replace one or more missing teeth.
With routine check ups and home care instructions as advised by your dentist, implants should last many years.
The success rate is 95% in a healthy person. Should an implant fail to integrate, we will replace it at no extra cost.
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Dental Implants Procedure
Examination and diagnosis, including full mouth x-rays and study models.
Implants are placed in bone.
- There may be some swelling which usually disappears within 4 to 7 days.
- Sutures are placed and generally removed a week later.
- A soft diet is recommended initially. This is particularly important if a denture is being worn.
- Implants will integrate within two to six months.
- Dentures may need to be modified during this time.
Implants are uncovered.
- Implants are checked to make sure they are osseointegrated (that the bone has grown around them to keep them firmly in place). A small cap (healing abutment) is placed on top of the implant
to allow the gum to heal around it.
- Check x-rays are taken.
- Impressions are taken for the final prosthesis (crowns, bridges or dentures).
What are Dental Implants?
The Dental Implants Journey
Do l have enough bone for Dental Implants?
Is it necessary to replace missing teeth?
Pre Dental Implants operative notes
Dental Implants post operative care for patients
Dental Implants - Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of a single implant is usually between £1,700 and £2,000. This is a split between implant placement and the final restoration. After careful treatment planning, we will be able to advise on how many implants you may need and estimate the cost involved. Be driven by the benefits not the cost!
If a person has good health and is able to undergo surgery for routine bridgework or routine tooth extractions, the same person can receive dental implants. If the patient is taking any form of medication, they should alert us in the medical questionnaire that we use. There are very few medical conditions that would prevent you having an implant.
No, implant placement is a very gentle procedure, normally carried out under local anaesthetic, and in some cases a mild sedative.
Approximately 20 minutes for each implant placed.
- There may be some slight discomfort and perhaps swelling for a short period, which can be relieved with painkillers. Most of our patients report little or no discomfort.
The most natural way to replace missing teeth.
- It’s your third set of teeth.
- No dentures to remove at night.
- Removes the need to damage adjacent teeth as in bridge preparation.
- Freedom to choose from a restaurant menu.
- Implants can look or feel like natural teeth.
- Improves chewing ability.
- Greater confidence to socialise.
- Implants prevent bone loss and maintain facial structure.
- Implants are more permanent that conventional crowns and bridges.
For patients who have no remaining teeth, the alternatives are:
- Removal of upper and lower dentures.
- Implants which secure their dentures in place.
- Implants which support crowns or bridges.
- No teeth at all.
For patients who have some of their own teeth, the alternatives are:
- Crowns and bridges supported by implants and/or teeth.
- Partial dentures secured by implants and/or teeth.
- Bridges supported by teeth.
In the case of an implant not integrating with the bone, the implant will have slight movement which we will be able to detect.
In most cases the implant would be replaced. We would advise you on the clinical factors involved.
We would only ask you to contribute to the cost if you have manifestly ignored our instructions for caring for the implant or have not allowed us to provide remedial treatment. We offer a maintenance programme covering check-ups, routine care and cover for implants starting from £8.49 per month.
Three to nine months as a general guideline. We will provide a full treatment plan which will include a more accurate timeline.
Normally after 24 hours. We will advise you dependant on your case and situation as everyone is individual.
Like natural teeth and gums, implants need a good oral hygiene programme and regular checks by your dentist. We will provide full written instructions on how to care for the final restoration.