A Dental Implant is the treatment most commonly used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is considered the best and most efficient way to create a natural look combined with stability and it will often provide a long-term solution.
Dental implants are a straightforward and routine procedure; the implant comprises a titanium ‘root’ in the gum and a ceramic crown which replicates the original tooth and is as close to the real thing as possible.
A dental implant will give you the confidence to talk, eat, and smile normally without a second thought.
Regardless of whether you need to fill the space of a single missing tooth using one implant and a crown or use multiple implants to support a bridge for several missing teeth, we will discuss the treatment options, the costs and the after care involved and will help you to decide what would best suit you and your lifestyle.
- Have the look and feel of natural teeth
- Offer a long-term, maintenance-free solution
- Can be used for either 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
Sufficient bone density of the jaw is required for dental implants to be successful, without it the jaw will not be able to support the implant. Patients who have experienced bone loss will still be able to receive the treatment, however, an additional procedure may need to be completed to strengthen the jaw bone. This is achieved through adding bone usually at the time the implant is placed.
If the bone has resorbed, bone can be placed in a separate procedure prior to the implants being placed. With the advances in modern technology, dental implants are suitable to almost all patients.
When the jaw bone is missing bone density and volume, we will rebuild and strengthen the jaw bone around the implants by adding bone.
We have a choice of bone to use:
- Bovine – demineralised cow bone, which is the most commonly use
- Synthetic – man made particulate , suitable for vegans
- Allograft – the patients own bone , taken from other parts of the mouth.
Sometimes the upper jaw bone does not have sufficient bone density or volume to support implants. Unlike a bone graft, this process does not rebuild the jaw bone, rather adds bone volume in the Sinus space. This procedure is common and can sometimes take place at the same time of implant placement, but it’s usually carried out separately.
Different types of dental Implants
Single Tooth Implant
When you only have one tooth missing this can be replaced with an individual implant. This is the best treatment option available to not only restore the functionality of the missing tooth, but to support the health of the neighbouring teeth and persevere the jaw bone.
Implant Supported Bridge
You may have heard of a dental bridge before as the term is also used with treatment related to dentures. With an implant supported bridge we will fill multiple gaps in your mouth with minimal surgically placed implants. 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 all of your upper or lower teeth will need replacing. This will be achieved with a full set. Even if you have a few teeth remaining the best option may be to remove them. 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. It’s not uncommon for the upper jaw to require more implants due to the fact that the bone is softer compared to the lower jaw.
How can a missing tooth impact my health?
Dental implants come under restorative dentistry, a type of dentistry that is geared towards improving the appearance and function of the teeth. However, there are a number of problems which can arise from tooth loss.
Did you know that your teeth are not just a tool for eating? They also aid with speech and a missing tooth can make it harder to pronounce specific words. This is because teeth help control the airflow in and out of the mouth. When there is not enough friction from a fast airflow, strident sounds are harder to pronounce.
The most well known function of the teeth is their ability to help us digest food through chewing. When we have teeth missing, especially in the back of the mouth, it becomes a more difficult task to break down food effectively. Depending how many teeth are missing the ability to eat solid foods could be limited.
Front teeth are sharp and have long single roots to take the lever forces of cutting and tearing food. Back teeth are flat and have two or three roots to spread the forces of crushing and grinding food.
If you lose back teeth the front teeth have to over work to chew food effectively and they are not designed to take these forces and overloading can create failure of the front teeth in time.
That is why it is very important to ensure there are no gaps at the back of your mouth.
If you lose teeth it certainly affects how you eat and what you eat.
If you can’t chew effectively, the food enters the digestive system in lumps and your body has to deal with this. Heartburn and indigestion are common and the fact that the food has not been chewed will take longer for it to be broken down.
Food choice is also affected. With the loss of teeth you could avoid certain foods and doing so eliminating some food groups .
Jaw Bone Loss
Teeth support the bone of the jaw through stimulation of chewing and biting, think of it as an exercise for your jaw. 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 solution for ensuring your jaw bone remains active and healthy as they replicate the function of natural teeth.
Although our teeth are rooted into the jawbone, without a neighbouring tooth the ones remaining either side of the gap may begin to move. Overtime more of the teeth will become misaligned and become crooked. Besides the cosmetic concern this can lead to a range of issues including jaw pain, headache and the inability to bite correctly.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants is heavily influenced by the clinical situation, you can expect a single front tooth restored to cost £3,500 and back teeth £3,250. However, a complete jaw fixed with implants will cost from £16,600.
Although dental implants might seem to come with a hefty price tag, the investment outweighs the cost in improving one’s quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance. At Revitalise we will only recommend dental implants if we feel they are the best treatment option.
Created in our onsite lab
Delivering a quality product that provides you with the confidence to smile and live a happier and healthier life is our goal. That’s why we create all dental prosthesis on-site only using materials of the highest quality.
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.
Our work doesn’t end after you have finished the course of treatment. At Revitalise we have a duty of care to help you maintain your new teeth going forward, ensuring your new smile lasts. We offer all of our customers with affordable maintenance and aftercare. We will create an on-going plan which allows you to spread the cost of after-care.
What are the benefits of dental implants
They Look and Feel Natural
Dental implants are not only designed to replicate the look of your natural teeth but also the function.
They Maintain Your Face Structure
As the jaw bone weakens due to tooth loss the structure and shape of your face begins to change. Dental implants will not only maintain the jaw bone but can also strengthen it.
They are Fixed
Unlike dentures which are removable false teeth, dental implants remain securely in place without the need of an adhesive or clasps
They are a Long-term Solution
Dental implants can last over 20 years with the correct maintenance.
Offer a Long-term solution with Maintenance
Dental implants are designed to last long term without the need of on-going maintenance with your dentist. However, just like your adult teeth, they will last as long as you care for them. You will need to look after your dental implants the same way you would your natural teeth.
You may find certain areas difficult too clean to begin with. Our dental hygienist will support you with techniques and educate you in how to maintain your oral health to its optimum level. Correctly cleaning your dental implants is crucial to avoiding issues that you would get with your natural teeth…such as gum disease.
What to expect beyond your consultation
Once you have had your consultation, and if dental implants are considered to be an option for you, we will book a time with our expert Implantoligist Dr. Simon Martin. After taking and reporting on radiographic images of the jaw bone to access the volume and density of bone availability, he will invite you back and present his findings and treatment options open to you.
Simon will explain different options, timings, costings, risks and benefits. There is no obligation at this point and should you wish to proceed, we will present 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 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
At Revitalise we offer you an opportunity to meet our team, enjoy our beautiful facilities and explore your treatment options. At your initial consultation you can discuss your concerns and ask any questions with our team.
Before we begin any treatment we like to discuss all the stages involved so you know exactly what to expect throughout your time with us. This also allows you to raise any concerns you may have. Our aim at Revitalise is to provide all of our customers with a stress-free experience. We want you to feel as comfortable and in control of your treatment.
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 and Cost Options
We understand that the cost of dental implants can sometimes be an obstacle. However, we also believe that everyone deserves to have a smile which they are happy with. That’s why we offer a range of patient finance options to customers wishing to spread the cost of their first class dental care.
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98% and with the correct care your new teeth can last for 20 to 30 years. At Revitalise we want all of our customers to be able to enjoy their new smile with confidence for years to come. Aftercare such as Regular visits to our dental hygienist and yearly examinations are essential to your dental implants longevity. We will discuss all aftercare options available during your consultation.