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What can dental implants do?
They can replace one or more teeth without affecting the bordering teeth, as well as support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.  Furthermore, they can provide supoort for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge?
Following the removal of a tooth, there is a natural reduction in the volume of bone where the tooth had been removed.  This occurs rapidly in the first 4 months following the extraction, and will continue at a more gradual pace throughout your life.  Since dental implants integrate/fuse into the structure of your bone, stimulating it, they help prevent bone loss and potentially gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.  Implants are independent and do not impact negatively on the existing dentition.


Aesthetic
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth!  Our aim is that no one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.  In most cases, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of replacing missing teeth than conventional  dentures or bridgework.


Tooth-saving
Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a convential bridge does, because neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant.  More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Confidence
Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and improve the biting force, the health benefits being that digestion and nutrient absorption is improved.  say goodbye to worries about lost dentures and dental adhesives.

Reliable
The success rate of dental implants makes it an excellent option for tooth replacement.


Are you a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general healthand oral health.  Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, which we can determine by taking a small CT scan.


A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed.  The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quatity and quality.  There are, however, various additional ways of allowing your body to create more bone, such as ridge and sinue augmentation.

How Many Dental Implants Do I Require To Replace My Missing Teeth?
This will vary greatly between patients, and is dependent on a number of factors, namely where and how many are missing, as well as the amount of jaw bone still remaining.

A single tooth gap can be replaced with a single implant and a crown, while larger gaps (multiple missing teeth) can be replaced by implant retained bridgework, i.e. 2-3 implants can replace 3-5 teeth by means of a bridge, reducing the overall cost to you in replacing multiple teeth.

I have to use adhesives to keep my dentures in, can dental implants help me?
They most certainly can!

As mentioned before, the tooth carrying parts of the jaw bone decreases in size once the teeth are removed.  This process is accelerated by the pressure your full dentures exert on the jaw bone, and as any long term denture wearer knows, denture adhesives become a necessity to keep them in place.

Instead of the sticky adhesives, dental implants can be used to retain your dentures and prevent them from moving around during eating and talking.  Another great advantage of using implants to hold your upper denture in place is that, in some cases, we can do away with the part of the denture that covers your palate, exposing more taste buds, and thus improving your ability to taste food and drink.

Due to the differences in bone density, a minimum of 4 implants is needed for an upper denture, while lower dentures can usually be prevented from lifting up by the use of only 2 implants.

If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.  Dental implants will replace both your matural teeth and some of the roots.


Ridge Modification
Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with insufficient bone in which to place dental implants.  To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect.  The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge.  Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve the appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.

What can I expect after treatment?
As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits.  Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care.  In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!

After treatment, your dentist will advise the best care plan for you.  Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy, and you will need to attend the oral hygienist on a 6 monthly basis.

How much do dental implants cost?
To give an accurate cost without evaluating each individual case is impossible but to give one an idea consider this as a guide.

Dental implants are from £1350 per implant and £350 per implant crown or bridge unit

Denture retained by implants:
2 implants and a lower acrylic denture £2400                                   
4 implants and an upper removable acrylic denture £4400

Fixed full arches from £10,800

Please call us to arrange a consultation appointment, at which time we can assess your suitability for dental implants and answer any initial questions you may have.

Radiographs (x-rays of the jaw), plaster models of your teeth and, occasionally, a CT scan is required to fully assess your case, and you will be advised of the cost of these necessary investigations at your initial consultation appointment.