Dental Implants, The Ideal Way For People To Replace Their Missing Teeth Or Troublesome Dentures

Dental Implants are a great way for you to fill unsightly gaps and are a great and permanent alternative to partial dentures – without any of the clasps and metal work that comes with a partial denture.

But what are dental implants? Dental implants or teeth implants are artificial roots made from titanium which are placed into your mouth. This implant is then topped off with a crown to give you a natural looking replacement tooth. Bridges or dentures can also be used.

Implants are the nearest thing we can provide to a natural tooth. They can be used to replace either a single damaged tooth, or a missing tooth. Furthermore, we can stabilise your dentures which may be moving around. In fact, we can even replace dentures completely! Your dentures can be a thing of the past.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

No more worrying that your dentures may become loose in company or even worse, fall out!
You can avoid having a sunken appearance as a result of losing a number of teeth
The replacement tooth looks natural
It’s extremely strong
It will give you the confidence to smile
You can eat any food that you would with your regular teeth
No more worrying about missing teeth

Why Would I Need Dental Implants?

Dental implants can be used to replace single (or several) missing teeth and secure loose dentures. Dental implants are the closest substitutes to our natural teeth and have been proven to last a very long time.

Are There Alternatives To Dental Implants?

Yes, bridges and dentures can be used to replace missing teeth. However, they do not have all of the benefits that dental implant restorations have. When you attend for your consultation, we will discuss all possible options with you and if needed, we can provide bridges and dentures too.

Old-Fashioned Dentures Are Not The Only Answer!

Implants and mini-implants can be used to anchor dentures that are otherwise loose and unstable. Thus, your denture won’t fall out anymore, giving you more confidence in social situations.
You can eat, talk and laugh with more confidence and stop using messy denture fixative gels or creams.

Frequently Asked Questions

To get answers to your questions you can check the answers provided in the FAQ section here or by visiting relevant pages of our website. If you still have questions feel free to use our Contact form below or give us a call.
We will be able to determine for certain if you are suitable for dental implants at your appointment, but generally if you have good health you will be suitable. We will assess the general condition of your mouth and look at the quantity and quality of bone to see if dental implants are an appropriate treatment. We very often take radiographs (xrays) of the area which give an indication of the amount of bone available for implant placement.
Dental implants are usually placed under local anaesthetic in a very gentle manner. Following this you should expect a degree of discomfort and swelling for several days, but you will be able to continue normally fairly soon afterwards. Full after care advice is given following this procedure and if you are in any doubt we provide a telephone number where we can be contacted to offer you reassurance and advice.
The procedure is relatively straight forward and can usually be done under local anaesthetic. You may experience discomfort and you are likely to be given painkillers after the surgery to help with any pain you may experience. However, in general, most patients report that the procedure really wasn’t painful at all — certainly much less than expected.
This depends on the complexity of the case but usually a single implant can be placed in approximately an hour. This will depend on the amount of additional work required in terms of any bone grafting or work required on your gum.
There is the need for the implants to attach to the bone by a process which was originally described as osseointegration. The length of time for this waiting period varies with the quality of bone that is present where the implants were placed.
As implants are similar to natural teeth, if they are looked after they should last for many years but there is no lifetime guarantee. There is a small chance that an implant fails to osseo-integrate, that is, it does not become attached to the bone. In the upper jaw the chances of this happening are approximately 1-2%. We would normally become aware of this during the healing phase after implant placement and should it happen, we would remove the implant and may need to place another, several weeks later. Once integrated and functioning, you have in excess of a 90% chance of any implant still performing fine after 25 years. Therefore implants are a long term and predictable treatment option.
You will find a variety of treatment options available on the internet for implants, but take care and examine each very carefully – the old adage ‘if it sounds too cheap it probably is’ comes into play here. There are just so many aspects of this complex form of implant dentistry to consider, from the training of the surgeons and restorative team, to the quality of the lab work and technicians involved and the time allowed to complete the treatment. Most importantly there are few implant systems that have the detailed and extensive research showing that they will last the test of time and chewing. It is always possible to use copy implants and cheaper components, but this is something we will never allow at Grange Green.

Our treatment ensures you will be cared for long-term, with ongoing follow-up appointments at the centre, ensuring a happy life away from the nightmares of dentures and painful failing teeth. A single implant with a crown restoration will cost approximately £2500.
Each case varies regarding how many implants are needed for the demands of replacing the missing teeth. If the implant surgeon is limited regarding the length of implants that can be placed, more implants will be needed. The length of the implants is determined by how much bone you have present. The number of implants is also dependant on the final restoration that is required and the number of teeth that are to be replaced.
As with natural teeth implants need to be looked after and regular check-ups are essential to prolong their life. You should look after implants much the same as natural teeth but you should pay particular attention to the implant sites. Brushing twice a day, flossing and regular hygiene appointments will help keep them healthy. An annual implant review is very important to check the quality of bone and gum health around the implant area.
We take the stress and worry out of dentistry