How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is an artificial "tooth root" made from titanium, and can support an individual replacement tooth. Two or more dental implants can be used to support a bridge or a denture. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on drilling neighboring teeth for support. They are so natural-looking and feeling, you will forget you ever lost a tooth.
The dental implant procedure consists of the following :
A full consultation at our dental implant clinic with you in order to present the best treatment options for you.
Investigations with x-rays, intra-oral scans and CT scans to plan the final result BEFORE any of the procedures are carried out.
Placement of the dental implant.
A period of 2-3 months healing.
Final fitting of the planned tooth replacement.
The average time to complete the dental implant treatment is around 4-6 months.
What can dental implants do?
Replace one or more teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Whether you are missing one, a few, or all of your teeth, implants may be the most natural-looking solution for restoring your smile and ability to chew with comfort and confidence.
Visit our dental implant clinic for a preliminary consultation and see how we can give you new teeth that look and feel just like your own.
The dental implant process consists of three steps:
Placement – In this stage the area where the implant is to be placed is made numb with local anaesthetic (same as if you have a filling) so that no pain is felt. A small hole is drilled into the jawbone and the implant surgically placed into it. X-Rays will be taken to ensure the implant is placed to the correct depth and angle. The implant is then covered over with a cover screw and left to heal or in cosmetically visible areas of the mouth a temporary crown is constructed so that it looks like a tooth.
Integration – This is the time during which the implant area heals and integrates within the jaw bone. Your dentist will let you know how long depending on the case.
Restoration – This is the final part where the permanent artificial tooth is constructed enabling the patient excellent stability and comfort. It can be a crown, bridge or a removable denture which is held firmly by ball-end implants which have been strategically placed in the mouth. This stage will require two appointments or more dependent on the type of construction.
There are several ways in which the implant can be placed:
Delayed placement – In these cases the tooth is extracted and 3-6 months are allowed for the gum and the bone to heal completely before the implant is placed. If this is a cosmetically visible area then a denture or 'stick on' bridge may be made as a temporary during the healing phase.
Early placement – This is similar to the above but only 2 months are allowed just for the gum to heal over. This has the advantage of speeding the process up and placement of the implant into the immature bone which is still healing allows good integration of the implant.
Immediate placement - This is when the tooth is removed and the implant is placed directly into the hole left by the extracted tooth. In these cases the tooth should be free from infection so the implant does not become infected and of a similar shape and dimension to the implant being placed so that the implant is stable and does not move during the integration process. Again a temporary denture or bridge can be placed over the top of the healing implant.
Immediate load - This when the tooth is removed, the implant is placed and a temporary crown is placed straight away onto the new implant. This is especially useful for teeth at the front of the mouth where the appearance needs to be maintained in terms of the tooth and support of the healing gum. This can also be used for supporting a bridge on several implants and allows the patient to have fixed teeth in a single appointment.
Do dental implants hurt?
Not at all, and how do we know that? Because 98% of our patients asked in a survey said the procedure was much more straightforward than they imagined. Furthermore, 100% of patients surveyed said they were delighted with the outcome, would have the procedure repeated if they lost another tooth, and would recommend our team to a family member or friend who required treatment with dental implants.
So why not book a consultation today at Alington Dental on 01202763348 and find out how treatment with dental implants can be both painless and affordable.
The following costs are for guidance only. We will give you an estimate of costs at the consultation followed up with a written treatment plan including a full breakdown of costs
Initial consultation - £110.00
Single implant to support one crown - £2,700.00
Two implants to support a bridge - £5,500.00
Four implants to support a full arch bridge - £14,000.00
‘Dear Simon and Team It is a short time since you completed my implant and bridgework and I would like to thank you and your team for the excellent work. In early 2016 I realised that my severe gum disease required some serious consideration and I consulted with you about this. You reassured me that the issue was something you could resolve and you devised a clear plan to restore me to dental fitness. Something I was beginning to think was not possible. You created a plan of the stages of treatment, made sure I was clear about each stage and happy as the treatment progressed steadily to a successful conclusion. Alington Dental goes beyond merely being professional. Every member of staff are first class, caring and genuine good people. Together you and you team create an experience that is second to none. I underestimated what effect the implants would have. It has improved my quality of life beyond my expectations and I am delighted with the result. The measured pace of the treatment made it easy to incorporate into my schedule and the results worth every penny. Please share this with your patients who may be concerned about the procedures. I remember being rather fed up with the need for the treatment but the outcome is beyond what I could have hoped. I thank you and all of your team for your skill and kindness. A special thanks to your nurse Sam for much hand holding and reassurance. You have a remarkable business and I congratulate you on your professionalism and ability to gather such a fine group of people to support you. With thanks ’