The life of a dental implant is not a glamorous one, but it is a very important one – they replace the roots of missing teeth.

A dental implant is a titanium post which is placed into the jawbone. It becomes firmly knitted into the bone of the jaw and is then used as a solid anchor onto which crowns, bridges or dentures are mounted.

Dental implants have been available for many years and are commonplace in the USA and parts of Europe. There has been a huge rise in their popularity here too. Because they are permanently fixed to the jaw, they become as secure and natural-feeling as your normal teeth.

Dr Andre La Grange B.MedSc, BChD, Dip Odont (Oral Surgery) is our gifted in-house surgical and restorative dentist. He can place your implants and will design your implant crown, bridge or denture to fit on top.

Frequently asked questions

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is shaped like a little screw. It is inserted permanently into the bone of your jaw where it acts as an anchor onto which new teeth are fixed – a bit like the root of a natural tooth.

They are made from sterile titanium which is bio-compatible with human bone.A replacement tooth is attached to the top of the implant. There are several options for the tooth replacement – crowns, bridges or dentures.

Why would I need a dental implant?

You could have an implant in any situation in which you might need a crown, denture or a bridge. They are to replace missing teeth. Implants can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to a number of teeth. A missing single tooth would be replaced with a crown fixed to 1 implant.Several teeth missing would be replaced with a bridge implant and/or crowns fixed onto a number of implants.
To replace a large number of missing teeth, implants can be used alongside full bridges or dentures.

What are the advantages of having a missing tooth replaced?

And there are plenty of advantages in having a missing tooth replaced irrespective of whether it’s with an implant or a bridge. These include:

The confidence that comes with having a good smile.

Preventing erosion of the jawbone, which happens when teeth are lost.

Being able to chew food properly. (Often people who have missing teeth have poor nutrition, which can affect overall health.)Maintaining thecorrect bite and preventing problems in the jaw joint.

Preventing drifting teeth or loss of further teeth.

Preventing speech problems that can arise with missing teeth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Feel: They are a fixture, not a fitting. Because implants become part of your mouth, they feel more like your natural teeth than bridges or dentures.

Convenience: Implants are great if you’d struggle with removable dentures. There’s no fear of them slipping or clicking when you speak.

Nutrition: Chewing is easier with implants. Chewing can be difficult with regular dentures, especially if they don’t fit perfectly.
A regular upper denture also covers your palate, which can reduce your sense of taste.

Self-esteem: Because implants are so much like your natural teeth, you probably won’t think about them. Not worrying about missing teeth or dentures will probably make you feel more confident.

Regular dentures also can affect your speech, which can make you less self-confident when talking with others.

Cost effective: They are more cost-effective in the long term as their expectancy is so much greater than that of a bridge or a denture.

How successful are dental implants?

Statistics show a very high success rate (95%) for modern, individual implants, and an even higher success rate for bridges fitted to implants.

They are a well-established and tried-and-tested treatment. They have been around for longer than you might think and there has been over 3 decade’s worth of clinical and technological development.

Studies so far have shown that implants can last as long as 25 years.

The key to success is a process called osseointegration. It’s the process by which the bone in the jaw bonds with the implant. Titanium is used because the jawbone accepts it as part of the body.

Can anyone have dental implants?

You will need to have enough healthy bone mass in your jaw to support an implant post. More often than not, there is enough bone mass.

If there is not enough, we can build up the bone stucture before the post is inserted into the jaw.

There are other groups of people who might not be ideal candidates:

Young people whose jawbones have not developed completely.
Pregnant women.
Heavy smokers – smoking hinders healing in the mouth by decreasing the blood flow to the healing gums. This can reduce the likelihood of a successful implant.
People who have received high-dose radiation treatment of the head or neck.
People with some chronic diseases or systemic problems. E.g. haemophilia, connective-tissue diseases.
People who take certain medicines, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system.
People who severely grind or clench their teeth. This can place too much pressure on the implants and increase the risk of failure.

What happens at my implant consultation?

Your initial evaluation will include an examination of your mouth and teeth and a thorough review of your medical and dental history.

We will x-ray your mouth. (These are digital to minimise any radiation.) This will give us information on the amount of bone in your jaw and its shape.

Finally, Dr Andre la Grange will discuss the options available to you and will talk you though the procedure. Price transparency is important to us so we’ll give you a fully itemised treatment plan.

What happens at the implant procedure?

We’ll use local anaesthetic on the area so you won’t feel a thing. And we offer The WAND, which is a pain-free delivery of anaesthetic.

During the procedure, Andre will create a small flap in the gum above the jawbone where the implant is to be placed. A titanium post will then be inserted into the bone. The bone can take three to six months to integrate with the implant.

During this time, the titanium and the bone cells fuse together, creating an anchor for your replacement tooth. You will wear a temporary crown, bridge or denture over the implant during this period.

When the bone around your dental implant has sufficiently healed, we will then create your crown, bridge or denture and fit it ontop of the implant.

Your new dental implant will look and function just like your original tooth.

Do I do anything after the implant has been fitted?

You’ll have to promise to take very good care of the implanted teeth and surrounding gums. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, as are regular hygiene treatments.And, without sounding illiberal and dictatorial, no smoking please. Smoking hinders healing in the mouth by decreasing the blood flow to the healing gums. This can reduce the likelihood of a successful 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.

What safety measures do you take?

Health and safety and the prevention of cross-contamination are vitally important to us. And to keep us as the forefront of dentistry, we consider our professional development to be paramount.

X-rays

We use digital x-rays which deliver about 90% less radiation dosage than a standard x-ray.
We have 2 separate radiography rooms which are fully lead-lined and radiation protected.

Cross-infection

We have a seamless floor from reception door onwards.It’s made with a poured resin which means that there are no seams or cracks for dirt to collect in. And all our instruments are sterilised and stored in sealed bags. We have a sterilisation room and the instruments are sent to and from the surgeries in vacuum-wrapped, colour-coded sterile trays. Our disposable instruments are thrown away after use. We always wear disposable gloves when working and we obviously wear new ones for each patient

Barrier protection

We cover surfaces that are touched by the dentist (e.g. handles, buttons in the surgery) in thick selotape-like plastic. This forms a further barrier against germs. These are removed after each patient and then the area underneath is cleaned using sterilising wipes and sprays.

Mercury

All of the dental units have mercury separators and we use high-volume aspiration so that mercury is removed safely. We can reassure you that there can be no mercury leaks.

Amalgam free

We do not place amalgam (mercury) fillings.

Immunisation

Our dentists, nurses and hygienist are immunised against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (TB), Tetanus, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps and Varicella. This helps to protect both team members and patients from these diseases.

Professional education

We pride ourselves on our commitment to professional development. All members of the team regularly attend seminars and conferences to stay abreast of the latest thinking. We are registered with the General Dental Council for continuing professional development and Andrew, Janet and Andre, between them, are active members of the relevant dental professional bodies — British Dental Association, Dental Society of London, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Association of Dental Implantology and the New Zealand Dental Society in London.
 Hayley is an active member of the Dental Hygienist & Therapists Association and the Dental Therapy Association. Farah, our Orthodontist, teaches three days a week and is at the very forefront of new thinking.

If you have any questions or you’d like to have a peek around, please ask.

How much do implants cost?

Each case is unique and the cost of dental implants will depend upon many factors, such as the number of implants needed, the materials used to restore the teeth and whether or not we need to harvest bone.

At our implant consultation, we’ll be able to give you a clearly costed treatment plan then.

There are normally 2 parts to an implant estimate. Firstly, the implant itself and secondly, the tooth restoration e.g. the crown.

Generally, we start at £2,500 for both the implant and the restoration (crown).

Implants are usually a more cost-effective over the long-term. Once they are fitted, there is normally no further cost.

We offer 0% finance – we do not want cost being a barrier to the treatment that you really want.

What about payment options?

We offer 0% finance loans, subject to the usual terms and conditions and status requirements. We also offer corporate and personal dental schemes and we are happy to accept personal insurance. E.g. Denplan or BUPA. Please click here for more information.

I'd like to ask a question

We’d love to hear it especially if it’s dentally related. Please bear in mind that our dentists are attending to patients for most of the day. They will reply to you as soon as they are able to do so. Email us on bite@dentistry100.co.uk.

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