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Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Every time we bite and chew our food, the natural tooth root transfers that needed pressure to the surrounding bone and stimulates the jaw. This is how we bring stimulation to our jaw bone. Once that tooth root is removed, the underlying jawbone is no longer being stimulated, and therefore, the jawbone begins to shrink at a very rapid rate. Once a tooth is removed, the only way we can regain the stimulating value lost with that removed tooth root is to replace it with an artificial tooth root, called a ‘dental implant’

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 dental implant or implants are then used to support a tooth crown, bridge or overdentures.

The crown is tooth coloured and tooth shaped and can be mechanically screwed into the implant to provide a fixed, secure and natural looking solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Similarly tooth coloured and tooth shaped bridges can be secured to dental implants to replace a number of missing teeth anywhere from two missing teeth to a whole set. Implants can also be used to stabilise a denture (removable way of replacing a missing set of teeth) to given more confidence in chewing and speaking to patients experiencing problems with their old loosely fitting dentures. The denture can still be taken in and out of the mouth to be cleaned and refastened to the implants. This type of treatment is known as an implant overdenture.

A thorough and detailed examination is required for the assessment and planning of dental implant treatment to ensure a successful and aesthetically pleasing outcome.

A 3-dimensional X-ray scan is often required to assess the amount of bone available for the placement of dental implants and to plan the position at which the implants will be placed.

The dental implants are carefully placed in position and left for your bone to fuse around them. In instances where there are deficiencies in the jaw bone, bone grating crystals are used around the dental implants to ensure the optimal healing of bone around the implants to give a successful outcome.

After a resting period of 3- 4 months, the making and fitting of the definitive crown, bridge or overdenture, to be connected to the dental implants, can be completed to replace your missing teeth.

Dental implant treatment is a bespoke treatment that is individually tailored to the specific needs of each patient. The time frame of this process can vary from the immediate placement of dental implants at the same time as tooth removal and immediate placement of fixed temporary crowns on to the implants (Same Day Teeth) to rebuilding bone and placing implants once the area of missing teeth has healed.

How do I know if I have enough bone?

A full assessment and a 3-Dimensional X-ray scan will reveal the amount of bone available for the placement of dental implants. If however, you do not have enough bone, safe and effective bone grating techniques can be used to allow the successful placement of dental implants.

What are the alternative options?

An alternative fixed solution to replacing missing teeth are bridges. However, they require the support of adjacent teeth that often need to be cut down to accommodate the placement of bridges. Dentures can also be used to replace missing teeth however, they do not provide a fixed solution. Unlike dental implants neither bridges nor dentures prevent the continually shrinkage of bone after a tooth has been removed.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implant treatment depends on the number of missing teeth needing to be replaced and whether or not additional procedures such as bone grafting is required, please refer to our price list.