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Treatments - Dental Implants

implantsImprove your life with dental implants

Whether you've lost one tooth or several you might never have become accustomed to losing your teeth. Now you can have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

What is a dental implant?

Advances in dental science allow your dentist to offer artificial tooth roots which fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. Almost all dental implants in use today are made from titanium or titanium alloy, materials that have been shown over many years to be well tolerated by bone.

A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth.

implantsHow many teeth can be supported by implants?

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges, or dentures can be replaced by dental implants. If you are missing just one tooth, then one implant is normally all that is needed to provide a replacement. Larger spaces created by two, three or more missing teeth do not necessarily need one implant per tooth. Occasionally, it is even possible to join natural teeth to implants with a conventional bridge.

Benefits of dental implants

  • Improve appearance
  • Improve comfort and speech
  • Eat what you want
  • Smile with confidence
  • Maintain healthy adjacent teeth
  • Long term tooth replacement
  • Improve self esteem

implantsWhat steps are taken and how long does it take?

Examination, planning and restoration usually takes place in the dentist's office. The surgeon prepares the implant site and places the appropriate number of implants. These are covered with gum tissue while the bone heals. During the next three to six months, the implants will bond with the jawbone. Temporary crowns, bridges or overdentures are optional during this healing period.

Once the implants have fused with the jawbone, a post may be attached to each implant. When the gum tissue has healed, the restorative dentist takes impressions to be used designing the final dental restoration.

Implant Surgeon

ImplantsWe are pleased to have an implant surgeon working with us, Mr Guy McLellan. He is a maxillofacial surgeon and a dental implant surgeon. He is doubly qualified in dentistry and medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

He has over 10 years hospital experience including training in ENT and plastic surgery and currently holds a consultant teaching position at Charing Cross Hospital where he runs the dental implant clinic.

His experience in implants dates back to 1994 and includes extra-oral implants to retain facial cosmesis/reconstruction following facial cancer surgery as well as intra-oral cancer rehabilitation and facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate. He continues to work as a member of the Cranio Facial team at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

In private practice he specialises in surgical implantology and augmentation procedures including complex intra-oral and extra-oral grafting. He is a mentor for Nobel Biocare and is actively involved in Implant education.

He is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, the European Association of Osseointegration and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

Costs start from £2,200 including a fitted crown, for more information please call us on 01895 632133.

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