Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the closest solution in dentistry to replicate natural teeth. They offer a great level of functionality and are intended to provide a long-term solution that can last many years. A dental implant acts like a root replacement that allows the artificial tooth to be screwed into your jaw. With good care and hygiene, some implants can last a lifetime.

What Dental Implants can do for you?

Replace a single or several missing teeth Improved appearance by eliminating the need for dentures increase confidence and self esteem support bridges and dentures enhances comfort as it confiscates messy adhesives used for dentures eradicates further damage to adjoining teeth unlike with bridges

Implants are very durable and will need a number of appointments to ensure each procedure is implemented, from when the implant is placed into your jaw under a local anaesthetic to when the tooth is attached.

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FAQ

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the modern day solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is an advanced medical technology for the treatment of tooth loss. It is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more crowns

Are implants safe and how long do they last?

We offer a Life Time Guarantee on all Dental Implants and it’s parts. Millions of people are having implant treatment every year. The first dental implant was placed by Professor Branemark, in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1965. The patient’s name was Gosta Larrson (1931-2006), and he had the first implant supported bridge in the world, which lasted him his whole life time. Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment since 1965. With the right care, modern implants should last for life time.

Is the treatment expensive?

Unfortunately, yes it can be. However, we offer the lowest prices for dental implant treatment in the UK, where many patients travel to our Luton Implant Clinic from as far away places such as Ireland, Scotland and Wales to have treatment with us. Our mission is to offer you the highest quality treatment, at a price you can afford.

Does implants hurt?

Placing the implants is quick and pain free, as is generally carried out in local anaesthetic. . Sometimes our dentist needs to use general anaesthesia in complex cases. The implant will be placed below the gum line in the jaw bone, so it will not be visible to human eye. You will not feel pain during the surgery but you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. This is normal due the healing process.

Benefits of Implants supporting a Bridge

If you are missing teeth and you are advised to cut into your healthy natural teeth to support a bridge, please ask your dentist, why dental implants are not recommended instead of destroying precious tooth structure. Please note that the life span of an average natural tooth supported bridge is around 11 years and in the long run you will lose more teeth and ultimately require more implants. This is why you should consider implant in the first instance. A tooth is an organ of your body, which should be preserved at all cost.

How strong is an integrated implant?

An integrated implant in your jaw bone is 8 times stronger anchored than your natural tooth.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

In most cases yes! However, this depends on the state of your jaw bone. During your free consultation, our dentist will carry out a number of specialised examinations to find out the amount of available bone for implant placement.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

How long does treatment take?

Our dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts. Usually the permanent teeth are fitted 6 to 9 months after the implants are put in, but many implant systems now allow the time to be as short as 3 months. Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (known as immediate implants) but you should check with our dentist to see whether these are suitable for you.

What about after care of implants?

Our dentist may give you some pain relief after the surgery, or check whether you have them at home to take over r the next few days if you need them.Our dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. Do not smoke, exercise or drive for the rest of the day. Do not rinse the area and only eat soft foods. However, it is important that you keep your mouth clean by brushing, but do not poke the implant site. You can use a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first week after surgery (you can get these from supermarkets and chemists).

What happens next?

The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw.
Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can keep wearing these throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery. A healing cap will usually be placed into the implant site to protect the area during healing.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?

No. However, good maintenance is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Our dentist will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you will be shown methods to help you. You may need to visit a dental hygienist on a regular basis; the dentist will be able to talk to you about this.

Long term after care

We offer all dental implant patients after care treatments, should they require it. It is all part of our high quality service.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and do not smoke, then you should not have any problems.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.

Do the implants show?

No. The implants are placed below the gum line, and act as a root to support the new implant crown.

Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?

No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.

What if I have an accident?

Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. It is therefore important that you wear a professionally made mouthguard if you play sports that involve contact or moving objects. If there is damage, the teeth can be dismantled from the implant and replaced. However, if the titanium rod is damaged beyond repair, this part may be safely left in the jaw if it is too difficult to remove. Another implant may be placed alongside it to replace the damaged implant.

What happens if the implant does not bond with the bone?

This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Or, the dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.

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