Missing teeth? Wobbly denture? Not happy with your smile? Dental Implants could be a solution

The confidence to smile, eat and talk without embarrassment or discomfort can change your life and dental implants are a great choice for many people.

In many cases our teeth were not designed to last as long as we are now living and to stand up to our refined diets high in sugars; with tooth decay and gum disease meaning the loss of everything from one tooth to a complete row of teeth over the years. This can lead to unsightly gaps, difficulty eating or in the case of full dentures, loose dentures which look unnatural move embarrassingly and make eating as you would like to impossible.

We are proud to work with Dr Phil Bennett who is our resident implant dentist. His vast knowledge is recognized across Europe, and he has dedicated his life to this intricate field, placing around 500 implants each year. His knowledgeable is encyclopedic and is here to answer any questions that you might have.

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Dental Implants – A solution to missing teeth and loose dentures

Dental implants have revolutionised the replacement of missing teeth and are now the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can be as strong and functional as your natural teeth, however just like your natural teeth, they still require care and attention to make them last as long as possible.

Multi Dental Implants for loose denture
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From a single tooth dental implant to full mouth dental implants

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, a gap where 2-3 teeth are missing or may be used to support bridges from 3 teeth to a complete mouth. Dental implants may also be used to stabilise a loose dentures using as few as two dental implants in the lower jaw and 4 in the upper jaw.

Experience and Care

Our dental implant team is led by Dr Phil Bennett. As one of the countries leading dental implant surgeons in he has many years of experience and places around 500 dental implants each year. This combined with our own in house laboratory facilities and expertise means we can offer you the highest standards of dental implant care. From a single tooth implant to the replacement of multiple teeth, denture stabilization and rectification of failing dental implants, our dental implant team is here to help you.

We only use high quality dental implants from some of the worlds largest dental implant manufacturers and work closely with them to find and use innovative solutions to keep us at the forefront of dental implants. We will never compromise by using cheaper copy/imported dental implants.

Whatever the reason for loosing a tooth or having multiple missing teeth, dental implants provide the ideal solution for most clinical or dental situations and can give you the confidence to smile again.

Why consider dental implants?
Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth and are an excellent long term solution for many people.

With a single missing tooth a dental implant can be used to replace the missing tooth quickly and easily without the need to rely on your adjacent teeth, as is the case with a bridge. Alternative solutions would also include removable options such as a denture, for a missing single tooth these can be quite bulky compared to the space being filled..

With multiple missing teeth dental implants provide a great alternative to removable dentures or larger bridges. By placing dental implants in the jawbone this stimulates bone tissue and gums, ensuring an attractive, aesthetic result while helping to maintain facial structures.

For denture wearers with loose dentures, dental implants and  dental implant stabilised dentures can be like changing. Unlike many conventional dentures which become loose over time and require adhesives to hold them in place, dental implant retained dentures are very stable, meaning you can eat and speak with confidence, knowing your denture is not going to move.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small metal screw made from titanium which can be placed in the upper or lower jaw bone to replace missing teeth or stabilise loose dentures.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last a long time, just like a natural tooth provided they are well looked after by you. You still need to have regular checkups and hygienist appointments to help look after them, even if implants replace all your natural teeth.
How successful are implants?
Dental implants have a success rate over 98%, but like anything this depends on many factors. An implant surgeon is the nest person to answer this question for you after you have been assessed.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a restored single tooth dental implant using high quality components, labs and materials costs from £3100. Depending on how many teeth you have missing and the number of implants required this cost can vary per tooth as you don’t necessarily need an implant to replace every tooth.
Am I suitable for implants?
If you are fit an healthy and normally able to receive routine dental care, then you are generally able to undergo surgery to have dental implants placed. If you are taking medication you should let the implant surgeon know about this, however there are very few medical conditions which would prevent you from having a dental implant.
Is it painful – does it hurt?
No – dental implants are placed under local anesthesia and whilst there may be a little bruising or swelling in some cases, generally many of our patients are very surprised how little it hurt. We can also carry out the dental implant procedure under sedation if you are a little anxious about it. This means you are very relaxed and will not remember much about it!
How long does it take?
Dental implants don’t take that long to place, but of course is dependent on the number and complexity of the implants you are having done. We usually need to allow a healing phase after placing the dental implants to allow them to ‘osseo-integrate’ (bond into the bone) this is usually about three months, after which we can then place the final restoration. So from start to finish dental implants usually take 3-6 months.
Will I need to take time off work?
On the day of the procedure we would usually recommend that you rest after having your dental implant(s) placed, especially if you have had sedation. You can however normally return to work the next day, but this does depend on each case, your job and how many dental implants you are having put in.
Do dental implants require special care?
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants need to be well looked after and whilst you can’t get tooth decay in an implant, you can still get gums disease around an implant which can lead to its loss. Unlike a tooth it does not usually become wobbly though before it falls out.
Aftercare of implant is therefore very important and in having implant placed you are committing to a lifetime of caring for them (just like natural teeth) if you want them to last a lifetime. As well as meticulous cleaning around them at home it is also important to visit your dentist an hygienist regularly to spot problems early and help you care for them.
Can any dentist place implants?
Yes any dentist with suitable training can place dental implants. However like anything the more you place and the more experienced you are in advanced implant procedures the better you are at it. On the rare occasions where complications occur during surgery an experienced surgeon can be deal with them quickly and smoothly. For these reasons our implant team at Ashbury Dental Care have been carefully selected based on their experience to provide high quality implant care.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
They are the closest thing we have to replacing a natural tooth and root
There is no need to grind down and damage adjacent teeth (especially if they are virgin unfilled teeth) for bridges
Dental implants help to prevent bone loss
They are a more permanent solution to conventional crowns and bridges
Chewing efficiency and speech can be improved
They can help to stabilise a loose denture
They look and feel like natural teeth
There is no need to take them out at night like removable solutions (dentures/removable bridges)
What are the alternatives?
For people who have got some of their own teeth:
Fixed Bridges
Removable Bridges
Dentures
For people who have no remaining teeth:
Removable upper and or lower dentures
Dentures stabilised by implants
A full set of fixed teeth supported by implants

What are the stages of implant treatment?

Stage 1

A Free consultation (If you would like to know more about dental implants)
A Free consultation (If you would like to know more about dental implants) This is an opportunity for you to come in and have a chat with one of the implant team and ask any questions you may have. This does not include a clinical examination or treatment plan but will allow you to talk to someone about the options, alternatives and approximate costs.

Stage 2

Initial consultation - examination
At this stage we perform a full and detailed clinical examination and will take any necessary x-rays to allow us to provide you with an initial treatment plan and costs. In some cases further tests (such as a CT scan) are required to give the complete picture and allow us to safely plan the implants.

Stage 3

Implant placement
The implant(s) are placed under local anesthetic under carefully controlled conditions by a highly skilled implant surgeon, in some cases where there is not enough bone this stage may be proceeded by some guided bone regeneration or in the top jaw an intricate procedure called a sinus lift carried out. After implant placement stitches are normally placed and the area allowed to heal. During this stage a softer diet is recommended and we would generally advise avoiding social engagements for a few days after implant placement in case of any swelling or bruising.

Stage 4

Implant exposure
Implants are checked to make sure they have osseo-integrated and are 'exposed' and a small healing cap is placed on top of the implant to allow the gum to heal around it and form the shape for the final gum. Impressions are taken at this stage to send to the laboratory for the final restoration. Sometimes at this stage sutures (stitches) are placed and the gum allowed to heal.

Stage 5

Impressions
To enable the final restoration (crown, bridge or implant supported denture) to be constructed impressions are taken using a highly accurate impression material. This is the a crucial phase of the process as this is the part of the treatment that you will see. Our team is quite unique as it has two fully qualified dental technicians in house who work as part of our implant team, meaning closer communication and a better end result.

Stage 6

Fitting the final restoration
Once the laboratory work is completed the final restoration is ready to fit, although in some cases with large or complex laboratory work we may see you for a try-in stage to ensure the fit of the work is perfect and that you are happy with the look of it. Depending on the type of restoration (fixed or removable) it is then fitted using screws/adhesive or special attachments called precision attachments in the case of a removable solution.

Stage 7 - Final

Review and maintenance
Once your implant supported teeth are fitted you may be seen for a review appointment by our implant team to check everything is ok. Whilst this is not always required in simple cases, we do like to check that everything is ok. After care and maintenance of your implant supported teeth is essential, this is a combination of what you do at home (your daily oral hygiene) and regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist. In complex cases our implant team usually recommend seeing them once a year to check everything is ok, where as in simple cases with perhaps just one dental implant own dentist will be able to check this as part of your normal examinations.
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