Replace missing teeth with dental implants
Implants consist of small titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone to create a permanent new root. A natural tooth coloured crown is then placed over the implant.
From single tooth replacements to complete mouth reconstructions, Dental Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. 90 per cent of modern implants last for at least 15 years.
Our patients have testified that the results are amazing – implants can look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. Replacing missing teeth will radically improve your smile, boost self-esteem and provide important health benefits including a reduction in the risk of decay and gum disease.
Dr Siddharth Wandrekar
Frequently asked questions
Are implants safe? How long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. 90 per cent of modern implants last for at least 15 years.
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.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. We will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. aIf there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do implants hurt?
Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.
Can I have the new teeth straight away?
No. The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.
How long does treatment take?
It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants. However, if only the lower jaw is involved then it may only take around 5 months.
A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is.We will be able to give you a timetable once the surgery has been done.
Are the teeth difficult to clean?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help.
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 don’t 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?
We will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. You will need to be able to see them, so that you can clean them properly.
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 get hit in the face?
Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. However, if the false teeth are damaged and the remnants are left in the bone then they may be more difficult to remove than natural teeth would be. After healing, new false teeth can then be placed alongside the fragments.
What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) 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, we can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.
with the Mini Dental Implant system
Mini Dental Implants (MDI™) offer a minimally invasive treatment solution for loose dentures. They are suitable for patients who cannot afford or tolerate conventional implants.
Denture stabilisation can have a dramatically positive effect on your quality of life. Imagine being able to eat, drink and laugh with confidence, without fear of your denture moving or falling out. No more embarrassing social situations or limitations on the foods you can enjoy.
This simple, permanent and highly successful one-hour dental procedure means you can now choose everything on the menu!
Treatment typically starts from around £1,500 per denture.
“I am absolutely delighted with the implants. Thank you for all your help”
Mrs O, Farringdon
MORE Options for missing teeth
Dentures are worn to replace your natural teeth. They are usually made from lifelike resin teeth bonded to a plastic base. You will either have been fitted with a complete denture to replace all your teeth, or a partial denture.
Partial dentures are usually held in place by clasps or metal clips, which fit around some of your remaining teeth.
A bridge is required when a tooth has had to be removed and there is no foundation left.
A bridge is formed to the teeth on either side with a new tooth is formed between. This can be either by crowns on the supporting teeth, or metal wings.