Dental implants are the perfect way to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant looks, feels and works just like a natural tooth. You can eat, laugh, smile and speak with confidence Implants can support bridges and dentures, giving them a secure fit – no more worries about a denture slipping or a gap showing. So what is a dental implant?
A dental implant replaces the entire tooth, including the root. The new “root” is made from titanium and shaped like a screw. This root is inserted into the jawbone where it will naturally become firmly attached. A crown will be colour-matched so the tooth blends with your natural teeth — so no-one will notice.
If you have a bridge, we can provide multiple implants to replace those missing teeth — or secure the bridge with a few dental implants. If you have conventional dentures, we can provide support and a secure fit with dental implants.
At your initial consultation, after discussing possible alternatives you will have radiographs and preliminary study models will be created. These will be used to carefully plan your implants. In some cases a CT scan may be required to accurately give a 3D image of the supporting bone. You will receive a written treatment plan outlining the treatment and cost.
Implant Placement A relatively minor surgical procedure that is normally performed under local anaesthesia in sterile conditions, possibly aided by sedation. If we find the jawbone is deficient, we can discuss options for bone regeneration.
We will first carefully insert the titanium root into your jaw, and apply a temporary crown. If we are securing a bridge or dentures, we can place several implants.
The implants need 3 months or more to fully integrate into the jawbone. If you have dentures or a simple adhesive bridge, you can wear them during this healing phase.
The Restorative Phase Once the implants are integrated into the jawbone, we may need to uncover them. We use a diode laser for this task as it works quickly and easily, with little discomfort. We work very closely with extremely skilled dental technicians who produce the highest quality, beautiful restorations, whether it is a single implant crown or a full arch bridge.
Maintenance Following the implant treatment, patients must follow dental hygiene instructions provided by the dentist or hygienist to clean the implants thoroughly. With regular dental exams the dentist can monitor the health of the soft tissues, bone levels and the integrity of the restoration.
If one tooth is missing?
A single crown on an implant is generally the best way to restore a space and give a natural appearance.
If several teeth are missing?
A bridge or crowns on several implants will restore function and appearance.
If all teeth are missing?
A full bridge or overdenture secured by implants are the options available to you.
Once treatment is completed, patients should normally be able to eat a perfectly normal diet with little or no difficulty.
The costs vary depending on the extent of the treatment required, but this will be explained in the written treatment plan. Costs also vary due to the range of different restorative material that can be used. I charge £995-00 per implant.
Again it can vary tremendously. At one extreme, a tooth can be extracted, an implant placed at the same time and a temporary crown fitted at the same visit. A permanent crown would then be made in 3 to 6 months time. The other extreme would be a case where bone grafting had to take place first, left to heal, the implants placed, buried and left to heal, and 6 months later the implants uncovered and restored. This type of case could take well over a year.
Providing a careful maintenance program is followed, your implants should last many years. Studies show that approximately 96 to 98% of implants last 15 years. Most failures take place soon after the implants are placed, with a slightly higher rate of failure for immediately loaded implants. If an implant fails between placement and restoration i.e. the first 6 months, then we replace it at no cost to the patient. It is possible to take out insurance against late failure.
There is a lower age limit but not an upper one. ( providing you are reasonably healthy). My oldest implant patient at present is an 83 yr old lady who had multiple implants and a full arch upper fixed bridge to replace a very loose denture!!
Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures. If patients carefully follow the post-operative instructions given we find they have very little swelling or pain.
Thankyou so much! I am so much more confident when going out for a meal, not worrying about my dentures slipping! – Mrs T.Phillips.
Such a relief to have a stablility now I have over-denture on my lower teeth! Thankyou Dr.Bell! – Mr P.Thomas
The staff at the Brough clinic are of the highest order. Their care and attention to detail is second to none. They make you feel relaxed and comfortable. I had the plastic brace treatment over a course of two years and the brough clinic were with you every step of the way as you went through the various stages of bracing in my case 42 trays. Plus an extremely painful root canal surgery that they handled with very quick effect that relieved all the pain. When at the end of the brace treatment I decided to have extra work to make the smile wider or fuller and the dentist achieved this with great effect and gave great advice throughout the process. My only disappointment would be having to change dentists midway because of retirement but my other dentist was outstanding and world-class a wonderful man. And having to ring up to receive my retainer, all in the best nine plus thousand I’ve ever spent. They are a fantastic team.
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