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Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

    • A dental implant is a small but strong post made from biocompatible metals or ceramics. Under local anesthetic, it is inserted into the jaw bone in place of the missing tooth root and acts as a support for the tooth.
    • The healing phase is between 6 and 12 weeks depending on the individual medical situation. During this period the implant becomes securely attached to the jaw bone – a process called osseointegration. Once healed, this artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis.

Why would I need them?

  • You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.
  • Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing.
  • If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence.
  • Under proper conditions, and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

Am I suitable?

Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Dr Patel can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history. The main condition is to have the bone in good condition. Some contraindications should be noted: patients with heart disease, renal failure, smoking, hypertension, and uncontrolled diabetes. A CBCT scan may be required to assess the bone quantity.

Do I have enough bone?

It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Following tooth extraction the extraction site undergoes bone resorption. 30%-50% of bone can be resorped within the first 6 months of extraction depending on patients age. It is important that implants are placed during this period before further loss of bone. Failure to do this will require extra surgical procedures to increase volume of bone available for implant placement.

Alternative Options:

  • Leave a gap or wear a denture

  1. – Unsightly and embarrassing
  2. – May impair eating and speech
  3. – Bone and gum in the gap will shrink
  4. – The position of adjacent and opposing teeth will distort over time
  • Bridge from other teeth

  1. – Healthy teeth need to be drilled to attach the bridge, shortening their lifespan making future solutions more complex and costly
  2. – Bone supporting the gum beneath a bridge will shrink due to lack of use leaving a gap
  3. – Extra stress on supporting teeth during chewing

  • Implant & Crown £2500
  • 3 unit implant bridge on two implants £5000
  • 2 Implant retained lower full denture £6000
  • 4 Implant Retained Upper Full Denture £8000
  • Fixed implant retained full arch restoration POA
  • Bone Augmentation/Grafting £450 (site dependant)

Socket Preservation Grafting £450

After tooth extraction, the alveolar ridge will commonly decrease in volume and change morphologically. These changes are usually clinically significant and can make placement of a conventional bridge or an implant-supported crown difficult. If bone resorption is significant enough, then placement of an implant may become extremely challenging. Postextraction maintenance of the alveolar ridge minimizes residual ridge resorption and, thus, allows placement of an implant that satisfies esthetic and functional criteria.

Autogenous Connective Tissue Graft £450 Connective Tissue Xenograft £600

Crown Lengthening Surgery £350

This is a surgical procedure designed to to increase the amount of tooth available to crown a tooth that has suffered extensive loss of its structure. It involved removing gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth.

Gingvival Recession Surgery £450/site

A gingival graft, also called gum graft. Is a surgical procedure with the aim to cover exposed root surfaces caused by recession.

Hemisectomie £350

Hemisection dental Surgery is a procedure in which a tooth with two roots is cut in half. This procedure may be needed when there is bone loss, or dental decay between the roots, due to gum (periodontal) disease or one of the roots root canal fillings has failed. The root that is saved is the prepared for a crown about 6 weeks after the failed portion has been removed.

Apicectomies £800

Is an endodontic surgical procedure whereby a tooth’s root tip is removed and a root end cavity is prepared and filled with a biocompatible material.

Frenectomy £350

In the upper arch, the tissue that connects the gum to the lip is called the labial frenum. If it is abnormally wide or long, it may connect through to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. When the upper frenum is too wide or long, it can create a space between the two front teeth. For more information, or to book a consultation, please click here or call 01296 398 180.

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