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Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and dentures. They are essentially an artificial tooth rootThe anatomic portion of the tooth that is covered by cementum and is located in the alveolus (socket) where it is attached by the periodontal apparatus; radicular portion of tooth. onto which an artificial tooth is placed. The end result looks, feels and behaves like a natural tooth. Implants also provide a great alternative to dentures and can be used to replace one or more teeth, where needed. 

Implants are very durable and will last for many years when looked after as you would your other teeth. This means brushing and flossing daily as well as regular trips to the dentist. 

A dental implantA device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone as a means of providing for dental replacement; endosteal (endosseous); eposteal subperiosteal); trans is an artificial tooth root, usually made from titanium that is placed into the jaw. A crownSimple crown procedure utilizing a porcelain crown fused to non-precious metal and not involving complicated prep. or bridge is then fitted on top to replace the missing tooth. The procedure takes place over several months to ensure the proper healing of any implants, as well as making a bespoke replacement tooth for the final fitting. 

Several implants can secure a dentureAn artificial substitute for natural teeth and adjacent tissues. in place and give you the confidence to eat what you want, without worrying about them coming loose. 

As with all dental procedures, good oral hygiene is vital after implants have been fitted. As well as avoiding decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. and gum disease, this will help to maintain your implantA device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to advise a suitable home care regime.

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Frequently asked questions

What are dental implants and how long will they last?
Dental implants are a safe and well- established treatment. When followed up with the proper care, they are designed to last a lifetime. Implants can mean your surrounding teeth should remain healthy, as implants eliminate the need to interfere with them. Your implantologist will discuss an aftercare plan with you.
Do I need an implant?
Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or to replace a tooth that needs extraction. As well as repairing your smile, replacing lost teeth gives you better dental health. Over time, a gap in your teeth can start to affect the other teeth around it and lead to other dental problems. And don’t forget implants can also be used to support dentures making them more stable and easier to use.
What does an implant involve?

Having an implant fitted usually takes place over several months. However, each procedure itself is not long, and we make you comfortable throughout using a local anaesthetic. Some patients choose to be sedated.
 
After an initial assessment, you will have the root of your implant fitted. This will then be left to heal for between 3 to 6 months.  Next an impression of the implant surface is taken, and your new crown, bridge or denture will be made just for you based on your teeth. This will then be fitted to your implant.
 
Your dentist will refer you for a free consultation with an implant surgeon who will assess if you’re suitable for a dental implant and talk you through the process.

Are dental implants safe and how long will they last?
Dental implants are a safe and well- established treatment. When followed up with the proper care, they are designed to last a lifetime. Implants can mean your surrounding teeth should remain healthy, as implants eliminate the need to interfere with them. Your implantologist will discuss an aftercare plan with you.
How can implants improve dentures?
Dentures and implants often work closely together to give you a new set of teeth. A full set of dentures can be anchored with just a few implants. Advantages to this approach to dentures is that you will be able to chew more effectively and can avoid the necessity of covering the palate with a plate. The dentures are still removable but they are held by a bar or magnets.
How do I care for my implants?
Dental care for implants is similar to cleaning your natural teeth. An implant can last many years provided it is properly looked after. The dentist or hygienist will show you the most effective home care techniques. Regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist are essential to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. The dental hygienist will use special instruments for scaling to avoid scratching the surface and you will be given instruction in using special brushes or floss.
Can my implants be affected by gum disease?
Yes, the gum surrounding the implant is the same as that around your original teeth, so gum disease could occur. You need to maintain good brushing, flossing and interdental cleaning. If you have any symptoms such as bleeding when you brush, bad breath or gaps between your teeth then you should make an appointment with your dentist to have these looked at.
Will I be able to remove the teeth connected to my implants?
Only a dentist can remove implanted teeth. Where implants are used to support dentures, these will be removeable, but you won’t be able to remove individual teeth put in with implants.
How long does the treatment take and how much do dental implants cost?
The time and cost will vary from patient to patient, depending on the complexity
of the implant or implants. However, our dental team will be able to provide you with a timetable and an indication of cost once they have assessed your requirement and before the treatment starts. The time and cost will vary from patient to patient, depending on the complexity of the implant or implants. However, our dental team will be able to provide you with a timetable and an indication of cost once they have assessed your requirement and before the treatment starts. Prices start at £1,995.  A member of the clinic team, or our dedicated Advanced Treatment Co-ordinator will be pleased to talk you through the process. Then if you’d like to have a consultation with a dentist, the fee is £130, which will be deducted from the cost of your implant treatment. Speak to our dental team for more information.

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