Missing teeth are replaced with a bridge anchored to dental implants.
Correct chewing movements and the surface material of the dental implant can maintain existing jawbone levels to prevent further bone loss.
Multiple gaps restored using a partial denture can just as easily be replaced by implant-supported bridgework. Like conventional bridges, implant-supported bridges replace multiple missing teeth with fused teeth. However, instead of locating over the teeth on either side of the gap, implant-supported bridges are placed on top of implants. For multiple missing teeth, two implants will likely suffice to support a bridge of three or four teeth, though more may be needed depending on the situation.
Implant-supported bridgework advantages:
Making successful dentures can be very difficult when there is minimal gum and bone left, as there is little keeping them in the mouth. Having a couple of dental implants placed and corresponding clips or studs placed in a denture can completely change your experience with dentures.
Denture stabilisation with implants is:
A jaw without teeth can be restored with either fixed-removable solutions or fixed solutions. The choice depends on factors such as your cleaning preference, the desired level of stability and costs.
Fixed-removable solutions for toothless jaws use implants as fixed anchors. But you can easily remove the prosthesis yourself for cleaning. They offer many advantages compared with conventional dentures:
This is a fixed option where
Using a series of bridges, each supported by a couple of dental implants, an entire jaw can be restored without the need for dentures. For those who want the best and nothing but, full mouth reconstruction with dental implants offers results that cannot be taken for granted:
Full mouth reconstruction using implants advantages:
Even implant retained dentures can be done as an option of full mouth reconstruction which is a removable option.
Aren’t sure if implants are right for you? Ask us for a free consultation and quote, with no strings attached. Our friendly team will help you decide what’s right for you.
Our dental implants have a 5-year guarantee, backed up by an insurance policy. Have a chat with us to find out more and if you want to opt for insurance.
Dental implants are just one way to get the smile you want. There are so many advantages to choosing them:
No treatment Advantages:
– No cost, no treatment
No treatment Disadvantages:
– Teeth adjacent and opposite may move and tilt, affecting the way you bite.
– More pressure on the other teeth when eating, potentially causing overloading
– Difficulty eating
– Aesthetically displeasing.
Removable dentures: Advantages:
– Completed in a few weeks
– Unlikely to need surgery
– Low cost
Removable dentures: Disadvantages:
– Maybe unstable
– Sometimes cannot be tolerated
– Needs to be removed every night and reinserted every morning
– Accumulates plaque or food more easily
– Does not prevent bone loss.
Fixed bridges: Advantages:
– Completed in a few visits
– Unlikely to need surgery
– Teeth are fixed and immovable
Fixed bridges: Disadvantages:
– May require cutting healthy teeth
– If the supporting tooth is compromised the entire bridge will need to be discarded.
– Does not prevent bone loss
– Teeth are fixed and do not move
– No chance of further dental decay
– Does not require cutting into healthy teeth
– Prevents bone loss
– Prolonged treatment time
– Requires surgery
Everybody is different.
The important thing is to get a careful assessment done to see what benefits and disadvantages Dental Implants offer compared to the other treatments available.
Take the first step and ask us for a no – obligation free consultation with our treatment co-ordinator.
Proven safe and effective at replacing missing teeth, contemporary dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, gives teeth replaced using implants the stability and strength to support replacement teeth, withstand daily use, and function like regular teeth.
Dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry when performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist. A dental implant is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth, and it allows your replacement teeth to feel, look and work naturally. In addition, dental implants are the only restoration method that stimulates your natural bone underneath the missing tooth, just like your natural teeth do.
One of the most important parts of the surgical procedure is what is referred to as “site preparation.” A relatively small channel, a hole actually, is prepared in the bone. This is referred to as an osteotomy. Small incisions into the gum tissue are used to access the bone thereby creating small “flaps” as they are called (like flaps on an envelope), to allow visualization of the bone’s shape and location.
If a surgical template or guide has been made, it will be placed in the mouth, and the osteotomy sites prepared through it to ensure accurate positioning of the implants. A drilling sequence is used that progressively increases the size of the site until it mirrors the implant shape exactly to ensure the necessary precision fit. Sometimes implants can be placed without flaps or incisions if there is a guarantee that the osteotomies can be made in exactly the right place, which requires good bone quality and accurate surgical guides.
The drilling procedure is critical to implant success, to ensure the implants “take” by fusing to the bone. Living bone tissue requires very careful handling, using gentle pressure and generous water-cooling so that it is not damaged by overheating, which can lead to bone loss where it is needed most — in direct contact with the implant surfaces. Mild vibration is associated with the bone preparation process and may be noticeable but is invariably well tolerated.
The next step is to place the implants straight into the sites so that the healing process can begin, this is called IMMEDIATE PLACING. Dental implants are sterile and it is critically important that their surfaces are untouched. The implants go from their sterile packaging into the osteotomy sites. Radiographs (x-ray pictures) are generally taken during or after the procedure to verify correct implant positioning.
The surgical procedure ends with closure of the gum flap tissues. Often, sutures (stitches) are used that are self-absorbing and therefore do not need to be removed. Other types that are not self-absorbing need to be removed in a week or two.
All of the surgery may sound painful, but you’ll be comforted to know that whilst having the surgery you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
You’ll have surface anaesthetic spray placed on the area first. This will freeze the gum before you have the local anaesthetic. You might only feel the initial injections, which is the same as for any dental treatment. Usually a local anesthetic is used, which means you are awake during the surgery. Placing a dental Implant is less traumatic than taking a tooth out, as it requires less pressure. It is a high precision surgical procedure. When the gums are properly frozen (we test for this before the procedure starts) we place your implant(s) so you won’t feel any pain whatsoever.
You shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery. After the surgery, we give you advice on pain relief and can provide antibiotics if required. The healing process is often comfortable, unless the site gets infected. Again, it is similar to having a tooth out. You may feel swollen and tender but this will settle down within a week of having surgery. You will be given full written instructions covering all the information you need before, during the healing stage and afterwards.
In this way, you will know exactly what to expect. You will be seen a week after the treatment to remove the stitches (no injections required) and then followed up regularly to check that the healing is progressing well before the implant is ready to have a crown or a bridge attached to it. This normally takes around one to five months.
Each person is different. Take the first step and book in for assessment to see how easy or complex your need is.
We use Nobel Biocare
Exceptional versatility and simplicity.
Only one implant system – no matter if you’re placing implants in the anterior or posterior region, or treating single tooth, multiple-teeth or full-arch restorations. This keeps treatment simple, and having international support, it means that dentists all over the world can maintain and look after your implants.
The well-documented implant body is designed for universal use in all bone qualities and a wide range of indications.
Engineered for Immediate Function
The surgical protocol in combination with the implant design (TiUnite surface, threads from tip to platform and the tapered apex) are all designed to provide high primary stability and support the Immediate Function protocol.
The NobelParallel Conical Connection apex design also allows for bi-cortical anchorage to obtain high primary stability in cases of reduced bone density.
Straight-forward drill protocol with option of under-preparation in soft bone situations for increased primary stability
Efficient treatment flow
A limited number of drills ensures a straightforward surgical protocol that can be flexibly used in different bone densities.
The cement-free NobelProcera ASC Abutment offers up to 25° angulation of the screw access for higher esthetics
Access to innovative restorative solutions
Take advantage of innovative solutions available only for Nobel Biocare’s conical connection. These include the cement-free NobelProcera ASC (angulated screw channel) Abutment and the NobelProcera FCZ (full-contour zirconia) Implant Crown.
Strong internal conical connection
The advanced internal conical connection with hexagonal interlocking offers high mechanical strength.
Unique oxidized TiUnite surface with grooves maintains implant stability through fast bone formation and promotes long-term success.
Everybody is different, so it is impossible to provide an exact price until we meet you. Therefore it is best to come for a free consultation to get a better idea. We can offer after work appointments with Dr Rikki Dhody or our treatment co-ordinator.
As a guide, dental implants costs work out at £167 per month for 12 months on interest free credit. This includes :
Free no-obligation consultations for your Dental Implants
Come along and have a consultation with Dr Rikki Dhody or book into see our treatment co-ordinator Ana Kukreja to discuss your treatment options.
You will not be pressured or forced into treatment you will be given a fair and honest summary of what treatment would be needed and what the treatment would involve.
At our practice, there are two options available to you to get comprehensive professional dental advice:
1) Initial consultation Treatment Co-ordinator
We offer a free consultation with our our friendly and professional treatment co-ordinator (TCO) Ana Kukreja. At this visit, you will discuss your dental needs with her, and she can give you general advice and information. If you are interested in going ahead with treatment and would like to exactly plan the treatment, including taking impressions, then you will need to book the full and comprehensive dental examination with the principal dentist, Dr. Rikki Dhody. You will be given information regarding implants and you will have a chance to ask any questions you have at this appointment.
2) Treatment planning with our Dentist
Book a dental examination with the principal dentist, Dr. Rikki Dhody where a full and comprehensive dental examination is carried out. This also includes all investigations, x-rays and study models, as required. It does not include any CT Scan that may be required in some cases, which costs £100 per jaw (top jaw or bottom jaw or both).
The fee for this comprehensive dental examination is only £50 per implant planned. It includes models to assess how your teeth should look like after the implant placement, to assist in the positioning and placement of the implants. No proper dental treatment, implants or otherwise, can or should be carried out without this comprehensive dental examination. It covers everything to do with your dental health.
After a full dental examination is carried out, we discuss the options that you have regarding the missing teeth or tooth including non-implant options.
In some situations, implants are not the only or best option available to you for fixed teeth. Once the pros and cons of each option are discussed with you, you have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. You will be advised as to what is the best and most appropriate option in your particular case and why. If you decide at this visit to go ahead with your chosen option, then the fees are discussed, and you will normally book your treatment appointment.
Sometimes you may want to think about your options. In this situation, another appointment is booked when you can tell us how you wish to proceed. Your best interest is paramount to us. There is no hard sell or pressure to choose one option or the other or any treatment whatsoever, for that matter! You have to feel 100% comfortable with your dentist and your decision to proceed with any treatment.
Once you have been given all the available options and the pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision and informed consent as to what is appropriate for you and your circumstances.
We can place implants from start to finish in a day !
However, most commonly the appointments are planned as follows. The time between each appointment depends on you, how quickly you want the implants and the clinical situation for you.
Checking that Implants is right for you
Assessing the complexity of Implants, including assessment of bone.
Xrays if required
Diagnostic Wax up – A physical model of what we want your teeth to look like at the end of treatment, to help us agree on what you want your teeth to look like, and to help us plan accurately a strategy to achieve it.
Radiographic Stent made – A guide which allows an xray to visualise where the implant should be, and the amount and quality of bone in relation to this.
CT-scan if required to assess bone location, quality and location of vital structures such as nerves and arteries
Placement of the implants
Shaping of the gum, using a temporary crown if required.
Impression of the implant
Try-in of the final crown
Fitting of the final crown
If you don’t fancy dental implants then don’t worry, there are some other options that could still give you the results you want. We can fit up to six unit bridges as this has a good success rate. Alternatively, dentures could the perfect solution. As well as traditional plastic dentures we have Co-cr dentures and flexidentures that can be more comfortable and fit better.
When you come in and have a chat with us we’ll tell you about all of the different options including bridges and dentures.
Want to know more about dental implants? Give us a ring on 01922 624900 to arrange a free consultation. We’ll help you work out if implants are right for you. If not, we’ll tell you about all the other options that could work for you. We can also explain the different types available and talk about possible payment plans, including interest-free credit.
The price may seem steep, but considering what you get for it you shouldn’t let it deter you. Other reasons include:
If you have missing teeth, dental implants are one of the best investments you can make in your quality of life!
Losing a tooth can be devastating. You can feel self-conscious and suffer a lack of self-esteem. Did you know that your tooth could be replaced quickly and easily with a dental implant?
A single implant and crown helps Restoring a gap at the front of your mouth and provides the most long-term and aesthetic results. Because the implant itself fuses with the bone of the jaw, the implant tooth will be strong, stable and act just like any other tooth in the mouth.
We work closely with our laboratory to create individual, cosmetic crowns to complete our implants. The porcelain used is of the highest quality and shades are expertly blended by our experienced technicians to give a natural finish.
As dental implants maintain bone levels that would normally deplete in the absence of a tooth, the gums surrounding missing front teeth replaced by dental implants have a natural fullness; this gives the lips and soft tissues appropriate support for a youthful appearance.
If you have several teeth missing you must be wearing a full or partial denture, which you have to take out every night before sleeping which is uncomfortable, can cause embarrassment, does affect your confidence to smile and quality of life.
The Solution is:
Because of this, we place a lot of our effort in making your dental experience as calming as possible. While we place focus on comfort and accessibility, our aim is to make your experience the best it can be. If you kindly inform us beforehand, we can put extra measures in place to help ease your nerves.
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