If you have a missing tooth or teeth and want a solution that will return your confidence in your teeth, dental implants are the ideal solution. Dental implants look and function like a natural tooth, in fact, it will feel like you have your natural teeth again.
Dental implants can also be used to secure bridges enabling our clinical team to replace multiple missing teeth. So if you have missing teeth or loose dentures, we can definitely help you.
On this page you will discover:
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants
See Examples of Dental Implant Treatment
Types of Dental Implants
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental Implant Costs
Book A Free Dental Implant Consultation
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are artificial roots that are gently placed into the jawbone where the tooth root once was. They are made of titanium, which fuses to the bone to allow a crown to be fitted on top. The implant can’t be seen and as titanium is bio compatible, it will not be rejected by the body.
Dental implants are fixed and secure which means they give you confidence to bite and chew as you would with natural teeth, allowing you to rediscover all of your favourite foods.
As well as representing the very latest in state of the art dentistry, implants offer several health benefits compared to other treatment options:
- No tooth preparation
Our primary aim is to enhance your smile without damaging any healthy teeth. With dental implants, the teeth either side of the implant site are left untouched. If you had a conventional bridge, the teeth either side would be trimmed in order to secure a bridge.
- Fixed and secure
Dental implants are fixed and feel like your natural teeth, giving you confidence to eat what you enjoy and laugh and speak without thought.
- Stabilise existing dentures
Dental implants can be used to stabilise existing dentures. This is particularly useful in the lower jaw where full lower dentures are often loose. The dentures can be connected to implants via press-stud like connections. To view more information on overdentures.
- Improved nutrition
As you are able to enjoy a wider range of foods, you will also have improved chew function, ensuring you receive greater nutrition from digesting the foods you eat.
Patients also report that tooth loss makes them “feel older” and self conscious about their smile. Dental implants offer the best solution as patients comment it is like having their natural teeth again.
- Protects your remaining teeth
When there is a gap in your teeth, the adjacent teeth have a tendency to drift into the space, leaving your teeth unbalanced. When biting, teeth on the opposite jaw, either above or below, will place stress on your teeth which can cause unnecessary wear and damage.
“I have just completed two courses of implant work and cannot praise enough the overall experience. All staff have excellent interpersonal and professional skills. Tim Doswell has made me feel so relaxed and confident, something I have not experienced before when having dental treatment. I would thoroughly recommend anyone thinking of an implant to go to The Raglan Suite – the best implant dentist Yorkshire.” – Margaret Smith
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When a failed tooth has to be extracted, the implant can only be placed after a 6-12 week healing period. The final crown is fitted to the implant after a further 3 months, by which time the bone will have fused to the surface of the implant.
In some circumstances, it is possible to extract a tooth, place an implant and fit a temporary crown, all in one visit. This is called ‘Same Day Teeth’. After three months of healing the temporary crown is then replaced with a permanent crown.
Dental implants can be used in situations where there are multiple adjacent teeth missing. Most commonly, this would be when we are using implants to replace a removable denture. This is healthier for the mouth as dentures tend to accumulate a lot of plaque, which can damage the gums and lead to tooth decay.
When teeth are lost, the jawbone may start to shrink. Implants can help slow this process down. In addition, replacing missing teeth with natural looking implants will help with eating, talking and overall self-confidence.
Dental implants are an alternative to conventional bridges and partial dentures.
If you find that your full dentures are loose or move around a lot, implants will help to anchor the denture in place.
Your dentist may recommend using implants to support a bridge rather than cut into healthy teeth either side of a gap.
Replacing missing teeth is essential to your overall dental hygiene, as a gap leaves the remaining teeth unsupported. If left unsupported, the remaining teeth may drift, reducing the spaces between them, which will make them weaker and brushing and flossing more difficult. Missing teeth can change the shape of your face, making you look older and less healthy.
Can anyone have dental implants?
While increasingly popular, implants are not appropriate for everyone. You need to be medically fit and have healthy gums and a sufficient thickness of jawbone. Our implant surgeon will assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
If I do not have enough bone for an implant, what can be done?
Bone substitution is a term that is used to describe the procedure to “build” bone so that dental implants can be placed. These procedures typically involve grafting (adding) bone or bonelike materials to the jaw, and waiting for the grafted material to fuse with the existing bone over several months. After a bone-substitution procedure, we usually wait 6 – 8 months before placing implants.
What is a ‘sinus lift’?
It is possible to increase the height of bone available in the upper jaw, above the back teeth. This procedure is called sinus augmentation or sinus lift and involves lifting the sinus membrane and completing the gained space with bonelike material. Without this process many patients would be unable to have dental implants in a part of the mouth where teeth are so commonly missing.
How long does the process take from start to finish?
From the time of implant placement to the time of placing the first teeth, treatment times can vary between 2 weeks and 8 months. Our clinician will give you a personalised timetable before the treatment begins. See our ‘Stages of Treatment‘ page for more details.
Will I be toothless at any point in the treatment?
Between operations you will not be left toothless but will be fitted with temporary teeth.
What else can be placed on dental implants?
If you have no teeth in the lower jaw and are not yet ready for multiple implant placements, a conventional lower denture can be improved considerably with two dental implants placed beneath the front section. This is called an ‘overdenture’ or retained denture. The same overdenture concept when used to treat the upper jaw, will usually require more dental implants as the bone is generally softer.
Implant-supported overdentures, just like conventional dentures, are still removed for daily cleaning. However, once back in the mouth, the dental implants make them much more stable.
How do I look after my dental implants?
To help maintain your dental implants you need to thoroughly brush and floss regularly. Our implant surgeon will give you specific advice on caring for your dental implants and ask you to attend regular check-ups.
Are there any risks of having dental implants?
Implant surgery is a safe procedure; however, as with all surgeries, it carries an element of risk. Before deciding whether or not to have dental implants, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and the risk of complications. Smoking, alcohol consumption, diabetes may affect tissue healing and may limit the success of the implant. Our clinicians will advise you so you can make an informed decision.
What are the possible side effects of dental implant surgery?
Examples of side-effects include feeling sick as a result of the anaesthesia or sedation and some swelling and discomfort around the implant area which will subside.
Can any complications occur?
The complications of any surgical procedure can include excessive bleeding or an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic or infection. If necessary you will be prescribed antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the risk of your implant becoming infected.
Your lower jaw contains nerves, which supply feeling to your tongue, chin, lower lip and lower teeth. In a small percentage of cases during implant surgery in the lower jaw the nerves may be bruised and may cause a tingling or numb feeling in your tongue, chin or lip. The chance of complications depends on the exact type of procedure you are having and other factors such as your general health.
If you have any further frequently asked questions about dental implants, please do not hesitate to contact us or book a FREE consultation with one of our implant surgeons.
Implant treatment normally involves several stages of dental implant procedure that take place over a period of time from three to twelve months. At The Raglan Suite, a typical process often includes:
The first stage of the dental implant procedure will be a free consultation with our implant surgeon and a treatment coordinator to discuss your existing oral health and ensure you are suitable for dental implants. The implant surgeon will recommend a course of treatment and you will be offered a period of reflection. Your course of treatment will then be agreed and booked in.
To prepare for the dental implant procedure, our implant dentist will undertake a full assessment of your whole mouth, including the gums and each individual tooth. This is to assess your oral health and identify optimal placement of the tooth implant. This stage may involve simple x-rays or full 3D scans and study models.
3. Installing the dental implant
The dental implant is placed under local anaesthetic. Patients who are anxious, suffer gag reflexes or anticipate a longer procedure, may wish this process to be supplemented by sedation. The appointment may take up to an hour for a single implant. At this time, a temporary bridge or denture is placed for a few months. This allows your new implant to heal and integrate with the jawbone, before the permanent tooth or teeth are placed.
4. Attaching the new tooth
The final step is the placement of the tooth onto the implant. The implant dentist will also advise you about ongoing maintenance of your implant and dental cleaning.
In some cases this stage can be performed at the implant installation and a final crown fitted after 3 months of healing. See Same Day Teeth for details
5. End result
Once your tooth is placed on the dental implant, the new tooth should look and function just like a natural tooth. Your regular dental hygiene routine should be sufficient to keep the tooth and gum around it clean.
Dental implant costs vary significantly from practice to practice and in different areas across the UK. Here are few points that may help clarify our pricing structure at The Raglan Suite:
- Estimated cost: Almost all our prices are shown as “From £…”, this is because every patient is different and every case unique. We will give you a more precise quote after the consultation stage, when our clinician has had the opportunity to discuss your requirements and assess your oral health.
- Experienced care: Our dental treatments are carried out by highly skilled clinicians with many years of experience.
- Quality equipment and materials: We firmly believe that to achieve optimum clinical results, our clinicians must use the most precise equipment and best materials for our patients. If you see cheap dental prices, the materials used will not be of premium standard.
In all cases we provide a full written treatment plan showing costs at each stage.
|Single tooth supported by one implant||From £2,295|
|Guided bone regeneration||From £395|
|Block bone graft||From £1,100|
|Sinus graft||From £1,100|
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