Dental Implants

An investment in Dental Implants is an investment for life.

The results are astonishing. Dental Implants can look, feel and be as robust as your natural teeth!

For people with missing teeth, dental implants can be life-changing. Many people find they can chew food properly for the first time in years and their quality of life improves dramatically.

Once fitted, dental implants provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges and dentures and are an excellent tooth-replacement component. Those unsightly gaps are banished by long lasting and aesthetic restorations.

Dr Duncan Smith gained his accreditation in Implant systems through extensive training in London and is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) as well as a member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), based in Basel, Switzerland.

Dental Implant FAQ:

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is in effect an artificial root made of titanium which is securely placed into the jaw to serve as an anchor for a replacement tooth. The bone grows around the root so the implant becomes integrated into the bone structure and is very secure. A crown is then placed over the dental implant, matching the surrounding teeth.

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Straumann Dental Implants

The Straumann Implant System is one of the leading implant systems in the UK. A titanium implant anchors to the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Because the body readily accepts titanium, the gum and jawbone heal quickly and bond completely with the implant. Implants can be used as a fixed base for dentures and crowns, freeing you from the inconvenience of removable dentures. They can either be used on their own or in a combination with natural teeth to provide fixed teeth.

Dental implants can:

  • Integrate remarkably with oral tissue. For unparalleled bonding stability, the implant is roughened so that the jawbone adheres to the entire implant surface.
  • Require only one placement procedure. Since the implant is not covered with gum tissue after placement, no second surgery is required to uncover it before attaching restorations.
  • Heal quickly. The mouth easily accepts titanium and heals quickly after placement.
  • Anchor a variety of artificial teeth. Implants are compatible with both dentures and crowns.
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Backed by Clinical Research
Founded in 1954, the Swiss-based Straumann® Company prides itself on exceptional quality and top-notch research for its products. Straumann® reinvests approximately 6 percent of its profits into research, making it a leading contributor to implantology research. The Straumann® Company works with international research and clinical institutes, such as the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO). With such a commitment to quality, it is no wonder that Straumann® dental implants are the choice of many top UK implant dentists.

If you would like more information on the Straumann implant system, have a look at the patient section of the Straumann website.

How can I be assessed for Implants?

Your teeth are an important part of your personal appearance and lifestyle. A beautiful smile enhances your overall presence, and healthy teeth allow you to eat and speak with confidence.

Dental implants offer many benefits. Dental Implants provide a very long lasting and aesthetic solution to the problem of missing teeth.

  • Dental implants are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth.
  • They make replacement teeth stable for eating and smiling with confidence.
  • Dental implants remove the need to cut down healthy teeth for a bridge.
  • They can eliminate the pain caused by ill-fitting dentures.
  • Dental implants help preserve the bone in the jaws.
  • In some cases, they help maintain the shape of the face.
  • Healthy teeth are not something to be taken for granted.

Cavities, gum disease, and accidents are everyday occurrences that can lead to the loss of teeth. The loss of one tooth or several teeth can compromise your eating habits, speech, and appearance. In addition, when a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounds the tooth root can deteriorate affecting your appearance and bite.

Fortunately, for almost 30 years, dental implants have offered a solution for not only replacing the missing “crown” of the tooth, but the dental root as well. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for a tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. This treatment option is backed by several decades of scientific research and successful clinical use. As a result, dental implants may be just the tooth replacement solution you are looking for.

When a tooth is lost, it can be replaced and then also support a crown without the need to damage or compromise adjacent teeth. Furthermore where a number of teeth have been lost they can act as bridge retainers and support several teeth thereby removing the need to wear removable dentures. Loose dentures can be firmly fixed in place using implants as anchors and allow you to, once again, go about your daily life with confidence. Furthermore dental implants help to maintain the bone volume which in turn helps to support the facial profile and reduce unwanted changes in facial appearance.

Having a healthy mouth

Implants survive best in a healthy environment. Any tooth decay or gum problems need to be corrected before implants are placed to give them the best chance of success. Sometimes treatment is needed before you are ready for implants

  • Gum Health: This may involve the use of special brushing methods and flossing. Some gum treatment may be necessary.
  • Removal of unrestorable teeth: Despite advances in modern dentistry, some teeth may have reached a stage when no treatment can save them. It is often best to remove them at an early stage particularly if you are thinking of having implants, in order to prevent further bone loss.
  • Treatment of existing or potential oral infections: The success of implant therapy can be seriously affected by infections resulting from failed gum or root canal treatments or untreated gum disease.
    Long-standing infections of the soft-tissues beneath dentures can also adversely affect healing at the various surgical stages. Your treatment may be delayed whilst these areas are resolved.

Although gum infections arising in opposite jaws have no clearly proven link with problems around implants, there is at least the theoretical risk of bacterial transmission; therefore for the meantime it would be considered prudent to assume that there is a risk. Your mouth should be treated as a whole and not simply as unrelated regions.

Is there any pain or discomfort involved?

Generally speaking, having implants fitted is not at all painful.

The after-effects of having implants placed are usually mild and may include slight bruising, dull ache, and swelling, the amount of which will vary depending on the number of implants placed and the difficulty of the surgical procedures.

It is usual to experience some minor swelling and occasionally bruising afterwards.For most patients, any of the simple painkillers will be all that is needed for a few days.

Healing is generally uneventful and any stitches are removed a week to ten days later, if necessary. You may also be asked to take a course of antibiotics and to follow some simple procedures such as rinsing with salt water or an antiseptic mouth rinse. It is important to follow any instructions given.

When choosing a date for implant placement avoid significant social engagements and work commitments for at least a week after. This is just to be on the safe side. Taking time off work is not usually necessary.

The vast majority of dental implant treatment is carried out under simple local anaesthesia. The dental implant placement procedures are painless, although in certain cases you may have some discomfort in the first few days following surgery. We will always follow a standard protocol of instructions and medication post surgery in order to ensure that the healing period is as symptom free as possible for you.

What is bone grafting associated with Implants?

Successful placement of implants depends on the presence of bone of sufficient quality and quantity. This is not always present in every patient. A lack of bone is usually related to local factors such as how the gums healed after tooth extraction, rather than any general medical condition.

It was previously thought that in areas where there was insufficient bone it was not possible to place implants. There have now been great advances made in procedures to increase the amount of available bone either by use of endogenous bone (i.e. belonging to the patient) or a range of artificial substitutes or a combination of both. These grafting techniques are simple and often carried out at the time of implant placement. For areas where there is significant lack of bone more complex grafting procedures can also be carried out to restore bone volume.

A technique call ‘guided tissue regeneration’ has also shown considerable success where the amount of bone at the intended implant site is less than ideal. The basic principle behind ‘guided tissue regeneration’ is that placing a special membrane over the extraction socket creates a layer above which the fast-growing soft tissue cells are prevented from entering the bony socket. This allows bone cells present beneath the membrane the extra time they need to fill the socket without competition from soft tissues to occupy the same space.

How long will the treatment take?

This depends on the complexity of the treatment. Initially there is a treatment planning stage which may last a month or so. Then there may be some time spent on such preparatory procedures as improving gum health, removing any unrestorable teeth and growing bone. This may take anything from a few weeks to many months.

After the implants are placed they are left to settle. The final fitting of crowns or bridges or the attaching of dentures to the implants takes a month or two. The time depends on your individual situation. In some cases the implants are suitable for immediate function with either transitional or permanent teeth fitted at or soon after the placement.

How much will it cost?

During treatment fees may vary due to:

  • Alternative procedures required due to changes in the treatment plan
  • Treatment extending over a longer period of time than expected

Our fee for a complete single tooth implant placement, fully restored, starts from £1350 (full consultation required). If we are placing more than one dental implant in the same proximity then the cost per implant and crown is reduced. This may vary if bone grafting is required.

Following the dental implant assessment procedure we will be in a position to give you all the treatment options and accurate costs. The cost of an initial assessment and taking standard x-rays for an unregistered patient is £90.00. We would be delighted to offer a free consultation and assessment for existing patients of the practice.

As materials and techniques used are fairly sophisticated, there is a cost attached to having dental implants. However, in terms of quality of life, there is definitely a dramatic improvement for the many people across the world that have benefited from this procedure.

How long do Implants last?

Well maintained implants placed into adequate bone can be expected to last for many years and probably for your lifetime. However, just as you would expect conventional crowns, bridges and fillings to need occasional repairs or replacements during their lifetime, your implant-supported teeth may also have similar maintenance requirements over theirs.

Both smoking and heavy alcohol consumption reduce the survival of implants (and teeth). If you think that either of these two habits could be a problem for you and your implants, it may be advisable to avoid this form of dental treatment or accept the higher risk of implant failure.

Aftercare and follow up appointments

For most implant supported teeth you will be able to clean around each supporting implant by brushing & flossing in just the same way that you would around natural teeth and tooth supported bridges. In some areas special floss, interdental brushes and other cleaning aids may be needed to maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike teeth, implants cannot get tooth decay. However, like teeth, they can suffer from gum problems. Teeth with untreated gum problems can become loose and be lost. This is also true of implants.Thorough daily cleaning is as important with implants as it is with teeth.

Should it be discovered during a routine maintenance visit that an implant has failed or is failing, appropriate remedial action will be planned accordingly. Should you notice any areas of discomfort, discharge or pain on chewing near any implant or tooth you must immediately report this to the dentist responsible for your maintenance.

If anything arises that you are concerned about, telephone immediately. Usually there is nothing to worry about, but no matter how apparently trivial, it is always better to check.

Proven success of Implants

Cavities, gum disease, and accidents are everyday occurrences that can lead to the loss of teeth. The loss of one tooth or several teeth can compromise your eating habits, speech, and appearance. In addition, when a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounds the tooth root can deteriorate affecting your appearance and bite.

Fortunately, for almost 30 years, dental implants have offered a solution for not only replacing the missing “crown” of the tooth, but the dental root as well. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for a tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. This treatment option is backed by several decades of scientific research and successful clinical use.

As a result, dental implants may be just the tooth replacement solution you are looking for.

If you have questions about our dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr Duncan Smith, call 0131 665 2524 today to begin a new foundation for a better smile.