Dental Implants

Implants provide the modern foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your own natural teeth. With dental implant restorations, you can regain the ability to eat uninhibited once again and smile with confidence with natural looking teeth and well-supported facial contours. Read our case studies and testimonials to learn how dental implants have improved the quality of life for our patients.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are small precision-manufactured titanium posts, which we carefully place into your jawbone. Your bone cells will then bond with the optimised titanium surface, resulting in a solid anchorage for replacement teeth. This process, called osseointegration, occurs over a period of two to six months, depending on your bone quality. Implants can actually help to support and preserve the jaw bone that frames your lips and cheeks, and preventing atrophy.

Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed; are more difficult to clean and often require subsequent re-treatment.

Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.

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Replacing a single tooth

Options to restore one missing tooth include a tooth-supported bridge or a denture. The dental bridge is anchored onto the adjacent teeth, which would require grinding down one or two of the neighbouring teeth. Before dental implants, this was the most popular ‘fixed’ technique to replace a missing tooth. However, multiple teeth, often healthy, are unnecessarily damaged to replace one single missing tooth. As the average life span of a dental bridge is only about 10-15 years, this option is no longer the ideal.

When a tooth is missing or requires extraction, a dental implant is often the more conservative and best replacement option. During the implant healing period of two to six months, a temporary appliance can be worn. Thus, you will never be without a tooth during the process.

Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed; are more difficult to clean and often require subsequent re-treatment.

Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.

Replacing multiple teeth

When multiple teeth are missing or require extraction, natural-looking restorations can be provided with the support of dental implants. The restoration can be a fixed or removable form. It is often not necessary to replace every missing tooth with the same number of implants, for example a three-tooth continuous gap may be restorable with two implants or, where all teeth have been lost in a jaw, complete replacement may be possible using six implants.Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed; are more difficult to clean and often require subsequent re-treatment.

Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.

Replacing
all your teeth

Fixed teeth that are supported by implants feel most natural to patients. For a more cost effective option, which is also easier to clean, removable dentures may be preferred by the patient. Unstable and painful dentures can now be corrected by using dental implants to support and stabilise the overlying prosthesis, giving patients reliable, pain-free chewing. Effective retention of such dentures also maintains the jaw volume and enables the patient to socialise with confidence.

When a tooth is missing or requires extraction, a dental implant is often the more conservative and best replacement option. During the implant healing period of two to six months, a temporary appliance can be worn. Thus, you will never be without a tooth during the process.

Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed; are more difficult to clean and often require subsequent re-treatment.

Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.

Sinus lift

The maxillary (‘upper jaw’) sinuses are large air spaces which occupy the molar regions of your upper jaw. Often, the roots of your molars and even premolar teeth protrude into the sinus spaces. Following the loss of these teeth, the bottom of the sinus may descend, reducing the amount of bone to anchor implants. Such patients would often have to rely on wearing loose dentures, unless a sinus lift (also called augmentation or grafting) is carried out.

Bone height can be regained by means of elevating the floor of the sinus and allowing bone to grow in the space created. There are various ways of doing this. One technique involves making an incision, then raising a gum flap to allow us to make a small, oval shaped outline on the bone. This oval shaped bony piece is gently lifted inwards, to act like a trap-door. This creates a space that allows us to place some bone graft material. Simultaneous implant placement is sometimes possible, but more commonly they are then placed at a later date when the bone has regrown.

Another technique incorporates a small additional step, during the preparation of the channel for the implant. The bone channel is prepared until the thinnest layer of bone that is adjacent to the sinus floor is reached. Special instruments are carefully passed into the channel and gently tapped to elevate the small area of the sinus. Bone graft material is then gradually introduced through this channel. Implant placement can be placed simultaneously, if there is sufficient sound bone to stabilise the implant. Otherwise, after six months, when bone regeneration has occurred, implantation can be carried out.

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Bone grafting

The width and height of the jawbone can shrink following the loss of teeth. This lack of bone may be related to the circumstances that led to your tooth loss, such as gum disease, the actual tooth extraction procedure, the length of time the tooth/teeth have been missing and the presence of a denture. Fortunately, we are able to perform bone grafting procedures to regenerate some of this lost bone.

Some grafting techniques were derived from periodontal treatment in the 80s and produce even more predictable results. Minor bone grafting can be carried out simultaneously with the placement of dental implants, while more substantial bone loss requires preliminary bone grafting, to develop sufficient bone volume prior to the placement of implants, which usually can occur six months later.

When a tooth is missing or requires extraction, a dental implant is often the more conservative and best replacement option. During the implant healing period of two to six months, a temporary appliance can be worn. Thus, you will never be without a tooth during the process.

Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed; are more difficult to clean and often require subsequent re-treatment.

Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.

Materials and science

Thanks to mushrooming scientific research in biomaterials from the 80s onwards, we are able to utilise clinically proven bio-materials and techniques for bone grafting. This means that most patients can undergo implant treatment with little need for invasive procedures that require bone harvesting from extra-oral sites like the hip and ribs. Furthermore, hospitalisation and general anaesthesia are usually not required.

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Our implant treatment philosophy

The continuous growth in the demand for implant replacements can be attributed to their high success rates. This is supported by human clinical research, dating back 50 years, which demonstrates success rates in excess of 95%. Our own positive experience with patients over the last 20 years, confirms this.

Successful implants can provide you with natural looking and strong dental restorations for many years to come, even though the treatment can be time consuming. Some cases may take multiple stages to complete, but we believe that such measures, where necessary and when backed by clinical evidence, will give you a better chance of achieving your desired outcome.

As such, we have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in acquiring the necessary skills, materials and equipment to give you the best possible experience. We use world-leading implant systems with robust research and systematic quality control. Such a comprehensive approach may sometimes result in an initially higher cost for you, to achieve the highest possible standard. We do, however, believe in giving patients optimal value for their hard earned money by using the best possible materials, equipment and service to provide you with a durable implant restoration, that will save you not only money but unnecessary pain in future. Patients who have undergone their implant journeys with us appreciate this time-honoured approach.

Read about their experiences here.

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