Dental Implants Exeter
Tooth loss is a common problem that cannot always be avoided. Not only can it leave you feeling self-conscious but also affect the way your remaining teeth function. Dental Implants are considered the best treatment option to replace missing teeth as they closely replicate the function of natural teeth. If you are looking for dental implants near Exeter and looking for a private dentist not too far away, we are only a 1.5 hour drive from Exeter city centre. Many people from all over the country travel to our eco-friendly dental centre for treatment.
Dental Implants are a straightforward and routine procedure; the implant acts as an artificial root made of titanium which is inserted directly into the jawbone. A ceramic crown is inserted on top of the artificial root which replicates the original tooth.
We understand that everyone is unique and will require different treatment options, that’s why we create a personalised dental plan for all of our customers. So whether you need to fill in the gap of a single missing tooth using one implant or need multiple implants to support a bridge for several missing teeth, we will help you decide the best treatment option to restore your smile and help you live a happier and healthy life.
- Have the look and feel of natural teeth
- Offer a long-term, maintenance-free solution
- Can be used for either a single tooth or multiple teeth replacement
In your consultation your personal Revitalise Dental Practitioner will talk to you about:
- Treatment stages for dental implants
- Recovery and healing timescales.
- Finance and cost options
- Any concerns or worries you have about the procedures
- After Care
Dental Implants for patients who have experienced bone loss
For dental implants to be successful the bone density of the jaw must be sufficient to support the implant. If you have been told by your dentist in Exeter dental implants are not the right treatment option for you, it may be possible to restore the bone with additional treatment.
In the unfortunate event that the bone is missing density, we will rebuild it adding additional bone or synthetic material. Resulting in a strengthened bone jaw that can support implants.
We have a choice of bone to use:
- Bovine – demineralised cow bone, which is the most commonly used
- Synthetic – man-made particulate, suitable for vegans
- Allograft – the patient’s own bone, taken from other parts of the mouth
Unlike a bone graft, which rebuilds the lower jaw, a sinus lift adds bone volume in the sinus space. This is a common procedure and is possible to take place at the same time as the implant treatment.
These procedures will take place at our Dental Centre in Cornwall and if you are travelling from Exeter for dental implant treatment, we would recommend having someone drive you to and from your appointment.
Different types of implants
At Revitalise we will create a unique plan to suit your individual needs, meaning you will have one, or a combination of two, implant treatments we offer as part of our dental implant service.
The best treatment option for when you are missing a single tooth is to fill the gap with a single tooth implant. This will not only restore the normal functioning of the missing tooth but also provide support to the neighbouring teeth whilst persevering the jaw bone.
Implant supported bridge
When you have multiple missing teeth in a row, an implant supported bridge is the best solution to restoring the teeth whilst minimising how much surgery you need. For example, if you have three teeth missing in a row you will not have an implant placed in the middle, only within the neighbouring gaps.
Sometimes you may need all of your teeth replaced, this can be your upper teeth, lower teeth or both. A full set is the best treatment option to achieve this. It’s not uncommon to have a few teeth remaining and have them removed and replaced as dental implants will provide a much more reliable option.
When you need all your teeth replaced you might be wondering if you need to have implants placed in each gap where your teeth were previously located. Although most adults have 32 teeth this does not mean you will need to have 32 implants surgically placed. Lower jaws need a minimum of two implants and the upper jaw requires a minimum of four.
How can a missing tooth impact my health?
Dental implants are geared towards improving the look of a person’s teeth as well as restoring them to their normal function. A form of treatment known as restorative dentistry. Replacing a missing tooth is crucial to your overall health as there are several issues that can arise.
Did you know that your teeth aid with speech? Although commonly known for biting and chewing food, teeth play a role in how we pronounce certain words. They support speech by controlling airflow in and out of the mouth. When we have teeth missing strident sounds are harder to pronounce as they need a fast airflow pressed against the teeth.
The most common function of the teeth is to breakdown food to allow us to swallow and digest our meals effectively. Once we lose teeth this becomes a harder task and can prevent us from doing this efficiently. If too many teeth are missing the ability to eat solid foods could be limited.
Losing the ability to chew food effectively can result in a range of other health problems due to the food entering the digestive system in large amounts. Heartburn and indigestion are common and the fact that the food has not been chewed will take longer for it to be broken down.
Jaw Bone Loss
Just like our muscles, our jaw bone needs ‘exercise’ to remain strong and healthy. The stimulation of chewing and biting provides the jaw bone, in which the teeth play a pivotal role. When we lose teeth we also lose the stimulation from eating. As a result, the jaw will begin to waste away or become weaker. Dental implants are the best treatment option for replicating the natural teeth and ensuring the jaw bone remains active and healthy.
Although our teeth are individually rooted in the jaw bone, they rely on each other to remain in their natural position. Without a neighbouring tooth, the ones remaining either side of the gap may begin to move, resulting in them becoming misaligned and crooked. Besides the cosmetic concern, this can lead to a range of issues including jaw pain, headache and the inability to bite correctly.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are a prosthetic procedure meaning an artificial device will replace a missing body part, in this case, the teeth. For this reason, we need to use a biocompatible material, one that will not be harmful to or rejected by living tissue. This is because after a few months of the implant being inserted, it unites with the jaw bone, ultimately becoming part of the body. The process is known as osseointegration.
Titanium has been used for over 50 years as the go-to material for dental implants due to the fact it is biocompatible and strong. The titanium implant is inserted directly into the jawbone replicating the natural root of a tooth.
Our dental implant service only uses top-quality materials combined with state-of-the-art technology. Not many dental centres in the country have an onsite laboratory where all the work is completed. If you are interested in a dental centre who does not outsource work but have not had success find one in Exeter why not book in for a consultation with us and pay us a visit? There is no obligation to continue with treatment after your initial consultation.
A single dental implant is made up of three main parts;
Made from titanium, the implant is the part that is inserted directly into the jawbone, designed to replicate the natural function of the tooth’s root. It resembles the appearance of a screw and provides an extremely stable and reliable base for the rest of the implant.
After a period of healing, the abutment will be placed on top of the implant. This part acts as a connector for the false tooth to be placed securely.
Made from a ceramic, the crown is the name of your new teeth. Placed carefully and securely on top of the abutment the crown completes the dental implant. The crown will be designed by our onsite technicians and closely match your natural teeth in colour, size, and function.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary from person to person as it depends on how many teeth need replacing. Our price for a single front tooth restored to cost £3,500 and back teeth £3,250. However, the more you have fixed the less it costs overall, a complete jaw fixed with implants cost £16,600.
Many people are concerned with the price tag and might opt for a cheaper solution, in the long run, the investment outweighs the cost in improving one’s quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance. With that being said, we will never force any of our patients into a treatment option they are not happy with and will only recommend dental implants if we feel they are the best treatment option.
Created at our onsite
Not many dental centres in the UK have an onsite lab, meaning they have to outsource part of the work to a third party. This can result in a longer process, particularly if adjustments need to be made. If you cannot find a private dental centre offering dental implants in Exeter offering the same service, we are not that far from you.
We understand that dental implants are an investment that can be costly, however, we believe everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile they are happy with. Here at Revitalise, we offer a range of patient finance options to customers who would like to spread the cost of their treatment.
At Revitalise we have a duty of care to help you look after your dental implants going forward. We offer all of our customers with affordable maintenance and aftercare along with a personalised plan which allows you to spread the cost of after-care. Our aftercare plan will be designed to best suit your schedule, let us know the best time you can travel to us from Exeter and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Our dental implant service enhances the life of our patients with a range of benefits.
They look and feel natural
Because dental implants are engineered to replicate the function of the natural tooth, the outcome looks and feels life-like.
They Maintain Your Face Structure
Where tooth loss causes the jaw bone to weaken the structure of your face begins to change. Dental implants are the best option for supporting and maintaining facial structure.
They Are Fixed
Unlike dentures which are removable false teeth, dental implants remain securely in place without the need for an adhesive or clasps.
They provide a long term solution
With the correct care, maintenance, and regular checkups, dental implants can last over 20 years.
It’s not uncommon for people to find certain areas difficult to clean, to begin with. Our dental hygienist will support you with techniques and educate you on how to maintain your oral health after your treatment.
What to expect after your consultation
After your consultation and we have determined dental implants might be an option for you, we will book you in for an appointment with our expert Implantoligist Dr. Simon Martin. The purpose of this session is to take radiographic images of the jaw bone to access the volume and density of bone available. He will then invite you back to our centre and present his findings and treatment options open to you.
Here he will explain the different options, timings, costings, risks, and benefits. This is all part of our consultation and there is no obligation to continue with treatment at this point. However, if you are happy with the treatment options presented to you we will provide a detailed schedule which we would ask you to read, ask any questions and all being well as you to sign a consent to the treatment.
The routine process is as follows:
- CT Scans
- The diagnostic planning of tooth and implant positioning
- Placement of the implant into your jaw
- Healing and osseointegration
- Fitting of your new artificial teeth onto the implant
- Regular Hygiene Maintenance
Your consultation at our 5 star dental centre
During your consultation, we will invite you to meet the team, explore your treatment options and take a look around our beautiful eco-friendly building. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and questions you may have with our team.
Recovery and healing
There are multiple recovery and healing stages throughout your treatment. And these timescales will vary on an individual basis. The whole treatment can take anywhere from 3 to 15 months.
Finance cost and options
If you have had a consultation previously for dental implants in Exeter but the costs have been to high, we will discuss the finance options we have available to support you with spreading the cost of any treatment.
With a success rate of 98%, your dental implants can last up to 30 years. Aftercare such as Regular visits to our hygienist and yearly examinations are essential to the longevity of your dental implants. We will discuss all the aftercare options we have available during your consultation.
Our centre is located in a beautiful part of Cornwall, why not make a day of your visit from Exeter and explore whats on offer in and around the local area.
Will I be able to drive back to Exeter after my dental implant treatment?
Dental implants will usually involve a local anesthetic. Or for patients who have acute anxiety an IV sedation may be needed. Although a local anesthetic only affects a specific region of the body, in this case the tooth that needs treatment, we would recommend have someone drive you home after your surgery.
If IV sedation is needed you will not be able to drive back to Exeter after your treatment. The effects of sedation can last up to 12 hours meaning you will not be allowed to drive after your surgery, you will need to bring someone along with you.