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Dental Implants

Why Dental Implants

Dental implants can provide a wide variety of solutions to replace missing teeth. Tailored to each case, these dental implants can help you get back your quality of life, your smile and your self-esteem.
Dental implants are regarded as a major advancement in UK dental care. Not only do they hold the aesthetic advantage of recreating natural teeth, they also have the advantage of helping to safe-guard your overall dental health:

 

 

Benefits:

  • Dental implants are artificial roots and behave just like natural teeth. You do not notice any real difference;
  • Dental implants are made of titanium, which, being biocompatible, won’t be rejected by the your body;
  • Dental implants preserve the natural bone by stabilizing the jaw’s bone levels and minimizing further bone loss thanks to bone stimulation;
  • The procedure through which the dental implants are inserted is short and minimally invasive. Any healthy adjacent teeth are left untouched, which is not the case with traditional dental bridges;
  • The fixed prosthesis will provide stability and comfort because the implants are secured into the jawbone. This eliminates the undesirable aspects of conventional prosthesis, such as problems of adjusting/adapting, social embarrassment, inflammation of gums, difficulty chewing and speaking;
  • If proper care, implants are a long-lasting solution is taken using an appropriate dental hygiene programme

Choosing your clinician

Placing implants is highly specialised and should only be done after years of postgraduate study and accredited training. Through the Portman Training Academy we not only train many clinicians, but also carry out a rigorous oversight process to ensure our dentist are experts in their field. The type of implant placed, and the laboratory used can also impact the success rate of the treatment. To ensure your safety and comfort we only place implants made by the world’s leading manufacturers, and use some of the countries most experienced laboratories.

What is the right solution for me?

Whether you lack one, several or all your teeth, we will be able to find the right dental restoration solution for your particular problem. Every case is different so you need to consult your clinician, but what ever solution is right for, you we will be able to help get back your quality of life and get you smiling with confidence once again!

Only one tooth missing

The truth is we are more likely to have a tooth replaced immediately when the gap is visible. In contrast, the tendency is to just ignore it if it isn’t a front tooth and doesn’t affect the smile too much. This is a mistake because, visible or not, a missing tooth could have a negative impact on your future oral health if not replaced.

If you only have one tooth missing, the best course of action is often to replace it with an implant. This implant will provide the foundation for a dental crown, which reproduces the look and function of the natural tooth. The crown is designed to match the natural shade and shape of your own teeth, so no one will be able to tell the difference. As well as this, the new tooth will help maintain the health of adjacent teeth.

Several teeth missing

If you have several teeth missing, the right treatment could be to replace them with a bridge supported by implants.

The bridge is a durable option and has the advantage, as with all implants, of protecting the jaw from loss of bone and preserving the healthy neighbouring teeth. Also, the they look and function just like your natural teeth.

All teeth missing

Losing all your teeth can have a deep psychological impact on your quality of life and self-esteem. For many people in this position, the use of conventional removable dentures is often inconvenient and painful.

Does your denture give you pain? Does the inadequate fit require you to use an uncomfortable dental adhesive? Does your denture impede your ability to speak or eat correctly, causing embarrassment when around other people?

If the answer is yes, then you should consider a fixed prosthesis supported by implants. You’ll be amazed by how it can help improve your self-confidence. The All-on-4 technique could be the answer to your problem, giving you back the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence!

 

The process

Implants are generally completed in 3 Phases:

Phase 1- Assessment

Every patient presents different personal circumstances, deciding upon the right individual treatment plan is the key to success. Every treatment starts with an assessment with your clinician who will be placing the implant. They will assess your requirements and discuss with you all the options, including what technique and implant system is best for you.

Phase 2 – Surgical

This is when the implant is placed into the bone in the jaw. The process is straightforward and can be completed in the practice under local anesthetic (for more anxious patients, this can be supplemented with intravenous sedation). Typically, the placement of the implant takes between 45 minutes and 3 hours. Depending on the treatment a crown can either be fitted at the same time (immediate loading), or the implant is left to fully integrate with the bone for between 6 weeks to 6 months before placement (delayed loading).

Phase 3 – Restoration

If the implant has been placed with delayed loading then once the implant has integrated with the bone a permanent crown (tooth) is placed on the implant(s) and full function is restored.

 

Before and After

Patient 1

This lady was 35 at the time of treatment. She had a very mal-placed upper central incisor. She had been told by a London dental hospital that nothing could be done. The options of using a brace to intrude the tooth or extraction and a denture, an adhesive bridge or an implant retained crown were discussed. She opted for the implant which was placed immediately following the extraction and a provisional crown placed all in the same appointment . This took about an hour to achieve. Once the implant had fully osseointegrated a definitive Zirconia abutment and all ceramic crown were fitted. The patient was very pleased with the result which continues to function well and still looks good six years on. This case was shortlisted at the Nobel Biocare world conference in Las Vegas and at the Smile Awards in London.

Patient 2

This lady was referred by her dentist following the fracture of her bridge. Both the upper central incisor teeth were lost and two dental implants used to restore the gap giving a functional and aesthetic result without the need for a removable denture.