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What is an Implant?

An implant is a substitute for a natural tooth root.

A fully restored implant, for example with a single crown, is made up of 3 parts:

  • The implant
  • The abutment (joining piece between implant and crown)
  • The crown (tooth)

How long will the process take?

The process for a single tooth implant usually takes 3 to 4 months as long as there is enough bone. If bone augmentation is necessary this can add considerably to the time.

Do I have to live with a gap in the meantime?

No - temporary tooth/teeth can be fitted so no one will know you have a missing tooth. If the implant is not in a noticeable place or you don't want to temporarily fill the gap, the titanium implant is not visible as it is usually below the gum line.

The initial consultation and assessment

You can discuss implants with one of our experienced staff. This will allow you to have your questions answered and see photographs of some previous cases.

If you then wish to investigate your options further we will book you in for a full clinical consultation with one of our dentists. The reason for this consultation is to assess whether implants are suitable and possible for your mouth.

Some of the things we assess include:

  • Do your gums show when you smile and if so will you require cosmetic surgery?
  • How difficult will it be to recreate the natural appearance of your teeth? Some people will be happy with a functional result whist others will be looking for a highly cosmetic outcome.
  • Is there enough bone to support implants? If not can the bone be augmented?
  • Are the adjacent teeth healthy or will chronic infections undermine the implant treatment?
  • Are there any general health issues which may impact on treatment, such as medications taken for osteoporosis or the impact of smoking on treatment outcome?
  • Presence of gum disease?
  • How heavy is your 'bite' and will this affect the prognosis?
  • Will the gap need to be filled temporarily before the implant restoration is placed?
  • Are you likely to need sedation for treatment?

How long will the implants last?

Well maintained implants, like your natural teeth will last for many years with good home care and regular check-ups. They are as susceptible to gum disease as your own teeth so attending regular hygiene appointments may also be necessary.

So how much is this going to cost me?

A straightforward fully restored single implant costs from £3025. This includes 4 to 5 appointments, all materials, impressions and laboratory fees for the permanent crown. Extraction, bone augmentation, sinus lift, CT scan or cosmetic surgery of the gums would be an additional cost as well as any temporary restoration to fill the gap during treatment.

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