Dental Implants

Looking to restore your smile to its former glory? With dental implants you can!

Dental implants are currently the closest possible restoration to having your natural teeth back and can be used to replace one or several missing teeth. By filling the gaps caused by missing teeth, dental implants can help to plump cheeks, giving you a more youthful appearance and maintain bone levels, preventing further tooth loss.

Dental implants are placed under a local anaesthetic and will need to be left 3-6 months following placement to allow the bone to grow and stabilise the screw before they can be restored. Dental implants can be restored with either a crown, bridge or denture depending on the number of missing teeth. Dental implants are long lasting, with most lasting at least 10 years, they can therefore provide great value for money compared with other restorations that need regular replacements.

Benefits

  • Dental implants can give you back your smile, improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Dental implants can help you look and feel younger
  • Dental implants allow you to eat a full and varied diet without fear.
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What are Dental Implants… and How Do They Work?

Today implants are a common procedure. Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, to support non-removable permanent bridges for multiple teeth, or to better support a full or partial denture with clasps or retention bars. Because they also help maintain bone, they can help prevent additional tooth loss and a sunken facial appearance.

Once the implant, usually made from titanium, is surgically placed in the bone, it takes four to six months for it to become integrated into the jaw. A life-like ceramic porcelain tooth restoration is then matched to the original tooth colour and attached to the implant abutment. These feel more natural than conventional replacement bridges or dentures.

What guarantee do we have and what is the success rate?

Though no one can ever guarantee success, the procedure has been very well tested and has a success rate of 90-95% in general. Some implants have been monitored for more than 30 years. There will be a need for minor re-servicing from time to time even in successful implants. This is so especially for the denture or fixed teeth which it carries. The success rates given for implants are often thought to be a higher success rate than other treatments such as root canal treatments.

What are the known complications?

As in all surgical procedures there are reported complications. In Implant Dentistry these are mainly either due to a failure of the implant to integrate with the jaw bone, or due to damage to adjacent anatomical structures. The incidence of these complications is very small, and with careful pre-operative planning the risks are kept to an absolute minimum. Here at Smiles on Broadway, we take great care in assessing every case very carefully, discussing with patients the different options, likelihood of success and any related risks.

Where an implant does not integrate with bone, this is sometimes due to a patient having an unfavourable bone pattern or the presence of pre-existing pathology or infection. Often, the site can be left to heal for a few months and the implant successfully reinserted.

Occasionally implants can still fail after several years of having worked well. There may be several reasons for this; one of the most common reason is overloading of implants due to either an insufficient number of implants in the first place (the patient may have insisted on fewer implants than ideal to save costs), or too much stress being placed on the implants on account of a patient’s habit of excessively grinding or clenching their teeth. Again, a thorough assessment and appropriate treatment plan is essential to minimise risks.

Do dental implants hurt?

Placing the implants requires a small operation, carried out under local anaesthetic with or without sedation. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.

Is the treatment expensive?

At Smiles on Broadway our dental implant fees are extremely affordable compared to other dental practices. In many situations, the cost is only a little more than the more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges. There are advantages to dental implants, too – an implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about, but a tooth attached to an implant doesn’t cause this problem.

Who Can Have Dental Implants?

To be a candidate for implants, you must be healthy and have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implants. If you do not have adequate bone, then there are more options, which can be discussed at a consultation.

Why do I need a consultation, and what does it involve?

The initial consultation determines whether you are a suitable candidate for implants. Some patients are not suitable due to reduced bone depth, width and density, or that the sinus cavity is too low. The implantologist will then discuss with you all the available treatment options and this will be followed by a written treatment plan, with all the charges explained. You can then decide as to which option suits you best and falls within your budget. Consultation fees are refundable if the patient proceeds with the treatment.

How Can I Find Out More?

First, Find Out How You Could Have Your Own Personal Dental Miracle!

You can call Dr Gawley at her practice on 01702 588818 to schedule a consultation (the assessment form must be completed and submitted and an estimate received from us). Come in for an appointment to get a detailed examination and some more information and most importantly find out what it is YOU WANT! And that’s it. If, at the end of the consultation, you do not feel like we can help you that’s fine. You go home, and we leave it at that. There is NO PRESSURE. Dr. Gawley’s goal is to simply help you find out what you want to do.

If you would like to find out more about our implants services, simply contact our team – we’re always happy to help. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about our payment plans and finance options, click here.