Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural roots. They are made almost exclusively from titanium. Titanium is very bio compatible and bone fuses to the metal, a process called osseo integration. Implants are used to support single crowns, bridgework and dentures. Loose uncomfortable dentures which have stopped you smiling and chewing efficiently can now be stabilised easily in the lower jaw with the placement of just two implants, or with four implants in the upper jaw.

With good maintenance implants can last a lifetime.

Dental Implant Procedure

  • Diagnosis and treatment planning. This usually involves an examination,impressions for plaster study models to be produced, photographs and X-rays.
  • Each implant is placed into a socket carefully prepared at the precise location of the intended tooth.
  • A healing period of between 6 weeks and 6 months is allowed depending on bone quality.
  • Several visits may be needed during the healing period for monitoring and adjustment of temporary teeth.
  • Final dentures or teeth are commonly fitted 3-9 months after commencement of treatment.
  • Regular examination and hygienist appointments are all that is required to maintain the health of your mouth, teeth and implants.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • As close to what nature intended as is currently possible.
  • Preserves facial structure - helps prevent bone loss which will help to keep you looking younger.
  • Allows you to eat, speak, smile and laugh naturally
  • May improve your ability to appreciate the flavours of food
  • An improved quality of life with a potentially life long situation
  • Preserves healthy teeth – no grinding away of adjacent teeth as required for conventional bridgework

Frequently Asked Questions

Are they successful?

Research from over three decades and over a million patients treated suggest that 95 to 98% of implant retained dentures and bridges remain in function for at least 5 years. With careful maintenance they can be a life long solution.

How much do they cost?

Fees depend on several factors such as the number of teeth to be replaced and the number of implants needed to support them. Full written estimates will be given as a result of careful treatment planning following a comprehensive examination.

Will dental implants work for me?

Provided sufficient bone of good quality is available and you are in good general health there are a few factors which prevent implant success. Smoking and excessive drinking are big risk factors. There is no upper age limit.

Will my teeth look natural?

When used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, appearance, comfort and function are likely to exceed your expectations. They are often hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.

Will I be able to chew well?

Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.