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Dental implants

Dental Implants from just £2600 – get in touch to book your initial consultation today.

 

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an effective, long-lasting way to replace one or more missing teeth, and can offer an alternative to traditional dentures or bridges. The use of dental implants is a scientifically proven treatment that has been successfully used in the last three decades by qualified dentists and surgeons worldwide.

Dental implants offer a strong, secure, and natural looking solution for missing teeth. They are highly advanced in dental restoration and a truly modern way to fill in the gaps in your smile. Implants create a fixed new tooth root, using strong titanium posts placed into your jawbone to support a crown or bridge.

Titanium is used for dental implants as it is very well-tolerated by the body. Over time, the titanium root fuses to the surrounding bone in the jaw, becoming a solid and durable foundation.

 

Why choose Dental Implants?

Whether you are looking to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth, we can use dental implants to provide stable and supported replacements for life. Implants allow you to regain the look, feel and function of natural teeth, without the worry that your restoration will slip or fail.

A missing tooth can significantly affect the way you eat, speak, and feel. A gap can cause your facial shape to lose structure, as your gum can shrink, and remaining teeth move over time. Dental implants not only restore your smile, but they can also greatly improve your quality of life and self-confidence. You no longer need to worry about avoiding certain foods and can feel happy about showing off your smile again.

 

, Dental implantsAbout Dr Amanjit Sidhu

General Dentist
BDS IQE (Stat 2005) PG Cert in Surgical and Prosthodontic Implantology (UCL) 2011

Dr Sidhu is committed to continued learning and passionate about providing the best care for her patients.

She has a special interest in placing and restoring Implants, Invisalign braces, and cosmetic dentistry including veneers, crowns and bridges and will endeavour to meet all your smile needs.

 

What does the process for Dental Implant treatment involve?

Dental implant treatment can be quite lengthy, involving several in-surgery appointments

Step 1: Initial Consultation

We carry out a full assessment of your general health, how your teeth fit together, your oral health and we will also take some x rays, models as well as a 3D scan if required, to check the density and volume of your jawbone.

Step 2: Treatment Planning

Using state-of-the-art digital scans and images, we precisely and accurately plan the best positions for your dental implants. Any preparatory treatment needed, such as bone grafts or extractions, is carried out.

Step 3: Implant Placement

The titanium implant is placed into your jawbone by our skilled implantologist, using local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. The implant will take 3-6 months to heal and fuse to the bone, so a temporary tooth is fitted to protect your gum during the healing process.

Step 4: Smile!

Once your implant has fully healed and integrated, we fit your final crown or bridge and complete your brand-new smile. We will give you some advice on how to look after your dental implant and leave you to start showing off your smile!

Step 5: Aftercare

Once your new implants and the surrounding gum have healed, and your replacement teeth have been fitted, they must be cared for in the same way as normal, natural teeth. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, brush twice daily, floss and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.

If tooth cleaning is poor, bacteria can build up and cause inflammation. If left untreated, the inflammation can cause bone loss around the implant. Eventually, the implant loses anchorage in the bone, becomes loose and can fall out.

 

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Secure – dental implants stay firmly in place and will not slip when you are eating or speaking or become loose over time. As they are held in place by your bone, you can be confident of their strength and durability.
  • Improved speech – with ill-fitting dentures, teeth can slip within your mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. This can be overcome with an implant.
  • Improved eating – with missing teeth or dentures, people usually have to modify what they eat. Once implants are stable, most people can eat and drink as normal.
  • Better oral health – since nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are intact allowing easier access to clean between teeth, improving oral hygiene
  • Aesthetic – implants look and feel just like natural teeth. You will be able to eat, drink and talk just as you did before, as well as show off a winning smile.
  • Effective – dental implants are a well-established, safe, and highly effective way of replacing one or more missing teeth in any part of your mouth.
  • Supportive – implants help to support and sustain your facial structure and remaining natural teeth. They protect your gum and can be fitted with no detrimental effect on your existing healthy teeth.
  • Innovative – implants use cutting edge digital dental technology combined with specialist expertise to create the next best thing to a natural tooth.

 

Before and Afters

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Before and after treatment

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Before and after treatment

What types of Dental Implants are available?

Single implants

A missing tooth can be effectively replaced using a crown fitted to a single dental implant. The replacement tooth is strong, secure and durable, able to withstand pressures from chewing and look just like your existing teeth. Alternative options for a single missing tooth are available, including a single tooth denture or bridge, but these are not as effective as an implant. A single implant can be fitted with no damage to the remaining healthy teeth, prevents unwanted movement and strengthens the jaw.

Multiple implants

If you have several missing teeth, there are various implant options to consider to fill the gaps. Separate single implants can be placed, but you do not necessarily need an implant fitted for each missing tooth. Strategically placed implants can be used to support a bridge to replace a number of adjacent teeth. This method is particularly effective in cases where the jawbone may not be sufficient for implant treatment in some places.

Full arch implants

Traditionally, dentures have been the go-to option for replacing a full upper or lower arch of missing teeth. However, despite the advances in denture treatment, they can be uncomfortable to wear and do not stop the jawbone from degrading over time. Dental implants are seen as the superior alternative and offer two main full arch options:

  1. A fixed full arch bridge of new teeth, supported by four or six precisely placed dental implants. Once they have settled, your new teeth will feel completely natural and enable you to eat, drink and speak as you did before
  2. A denture, anchored into place by dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are much more secure and do not move when worn, giving you back your confidence and a full smile.

 

Dental implant success

Healthy lifestyle choices are essential for long-term success of your implant. Smoking restricts healing dramatically. Nicotine in smoke constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow to the soft tissues, which can affect the immune response. This slows the process of healing and affects the long-term health of gum and bone. Smoking increases the risk that implants may not heal properly after they are placed and makes them more likely to fail over time. The implants can also fail due to a poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption and lack of dental care.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Most people are a suitable candidate for dental implants, as long as they are generally healthy and have good oral health. However, they are not an ideal option for everyone. Dental implants are not usually offered to younger patients whose jaws are still growing. Smokers and patients with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, may struggle to heal properly following surgery and increase the risk of implant failure. It is also important that you have enough bone density in your jaw to hold the implants in place, but this can be improved with a bone graft. We will thoroughly discuss your overall suitability for implant treatment at your initial consultation.
We use local anaesthetic during dental implant surgery to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. You won’t be able to feel a thing. After treatment, it is normal to experience some discomfort, and this can be managed with pain relief advised by your dentist. Implant treatment is often less painful than having a tooth extraction, and most patients are able to return to their usual routines the next day.
The whole process, from missing teeth to secure fixed replacements, can take several months. The implant surgery is a relatively quick procedure, but the implants themselves need around 3-6 months to heal and fuse before fixed permanent teeth can be placed. The treatment process will be longer if you need a bone graft or other procedure first, but your new smile will be more than worth it in the end.
Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime if they are properly looked after. This includes maintaining an excellent brushing and flossing routine, looking after your general health and attending regular check up appointments with your dentist. The crown or bridge that the implant supports may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear.
No, dental implants look and feel exactly like natural teeth. We can match the shape and colour of your existing teeth when creating your final fixed crown or bridge so it blends seamlessly into your smile.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may also consider restoring your full smile with a bridge or denture. These alternatives are less expensive than an implant, but don’t have the same superior stability, aesthetics and versatility. They are also not likely to last as long. We are happy to discuss all the options for replacing your missing teeth and find the best one for you.
You may actually find it easier! As your implants are fused to your jawbone and the replacement teeth securely supported, you shouldn’t have any trouble speaking and may find your speech becomes clearer once the gap in your teeth has been filled.
You should treat your dental implants just like natural teeth, and include them in your normal oral hygiene routine. As they are made from artificial materials, your implants are invulnerable to decay or cavities, but you will still need to brush and floss to keep the gum surrounding the implant healthy and problem-free.

 

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