Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace lost natural teeth.

Restore appearance, the ability to chew and enjoy your food like natural teeth, and prevention of further bone loss due to tooth loss.

How do they work?
Surgical grade titanium bonds to bone and become immovable. The implant comes in the shape of root of a tooth. Healing must take a few months before a crown or bridge can be attached to it.

A dental implant can be used to support a single crown.
Two implants can be used to provide a 3 unit bridge.
Two dental implants can be used to stabilise and retain a full lower denture.
Several implants can be joined to support a full arch bridge.

Clinical cases
single crown front tooth
single crown back tooth
two crowns back teeth

Simplified procedure guide
A few stages are required. Start to finish 3 to 10 months depending on complexity of the case.

The dental implant replaces the lost root

Implant-anchored tooth

Finished implant supported crown

Bone augmentation
Bone loss following tooth loss is little appreciated. Restoring bone height and width may be required to avoid important anatomical structures and ensure the final crown or bridge looks realistic in appearance.

Minor bone deficiencies can be repaired by guided tissue regeneration.

Treatment planning
We only accept patients for implants who are highly motivated to perform good oral hygiene and have stable dental health.

How long do they last?
Implants become a permanent fixture. As long as you carefully brush your teeth, they will last like normal teeth.

Can implants fail?
Yes. Careful planning avoids most problems. Known risk factors include uncontrolled diabetes, heavy smoking, bruxism, poor bite, neglect and poor oral hygiene.

Video explanation from Bicon

Association of dental Implantology is the leading UK body providing further education, support, promotion and information about the UK dental implant scene.