About Implants

What are implants?

All dentist now agree that dental implants provide the best long-term replacement for any missing or failing teeth, giving you the security and comfort you deserve.

Implants:

  • Are an ideal solution for replacing a single missing tooth without the need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth for a bridge
  • implant1Can be used to replace and support individual crowns or bridges without support from adjacent healthy teeth
  • Can support dentures or fixed full bridges without the need for adhesives to keep them in the mouth

The implant preserves the position of the surrounding teeth, keeping your bite in its natural position and enabling you to smile, laugh, eat and chew with complete confidence.
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What is involved in having an implant?

The first stage uses a precise surgical technique to place a titanium screw implant into the bone. The implant is placed into a hole made in the bone under the gum; a cap is then placed to cover the implant during the healing and integration period of 1-3 months. Stitches are placed but these are dissolvable. Local anaesthesia is normally used during this procedure although intravenous sedation is available for more anxious patients.

It is usual to experience some discomfort for a few days after surgery and this can be controlled with painkillers. Most patients report that the discomfort is less than that after a tooth extraction.

The second stage involves making a small cut into the gum to remove the healing cap and an impression is taken and sent to our dental laboratory. The technician fabricates a custom fitting abutment (post) and crown to be attached to the implant. After this stage you will leave with a natural feeling and looking tooth/teeth.

X-ray showing implants in situ

Bone grafts

The implant requires a sufficient thickness of bone around it to provide stability and after tooth extraction, bone normally decreases in that area. Additionally, bone thickness has to be sufficient to minimise the risk of gum recession, especially in the long-term. In such cases, biological filler can be used to increase the bone thickness and this is covered with a membrane so that only bone grows into the material and not gum tissue.

Would I benefit from implants?

Many patients have benefited from having implants placed; generally the main limitations on treatment are what the patient is prepared to undergo. It is inadvisable to place implants in growing individuals but apart from this, age is not a limiting factor. As smoking has a significant and detrimental effect on the progression of gum disease, smokers are slightly more at risk of developing problems with implants.

Please contact us to arrange a consultation to discuss the possibility and suitability of this treatment option for you.

Please read below what our patients have said about their experience during this treatment.

I was hugely surprised by the lack of discomfort…the end result was fantastic… I underestimated the impact of losing a front tooth would have on my self-esteem…family and friends have commented that my confidence has returned…I felt totally confident in your hands…with much appreciation KC

…I am so grateful to you all for your care and support and for being so sensitive towards me…the end result looked amazing…thank you all so much for giving me my smile back. MB

I just wanted to say thank you for doing such a marvellous job on my three implants and bridge. The result is astonishing and the procedure pain-free. I am smiling again. S.D

I have had two dental implants and found the procedure painless though daunting! The results have been very good and there has been very little pain. The treatment was as I expected and I found the explanations very helpful and the follow-up excellent. The service has been first class and I would recommend it to anyone who asked me. XN