Dental Implants are an effective option to replace a missing tooth or a number of teeth. An implant consists of an artificial titanium rod which is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a replacement for the root portion of the natural tooth. The implant is made using pure titanium which allows new bone cells to grow around it: the implant then integrates with the newly formed bone which firmly locks it into place. This process is called ‘Osseointegration’.

A Dental Implant can be used to replace:

  • Single tooth replacement – One implant will be placed, a crown will then be fixed on top of the implant.
  • Several teeth replacement – Multiple implants will be placed, either individual ceramic crowns will be placed on individual implants one bridge will be fitted onto the implants.
  • “Clip on denture” (Implant retained denture) – 2-4 implants will be used to firmly hold a removable denture, the dentures will need to be out of the mouth at night time.
  • “All on X”  (Full arch implant bridge) – A number of implants are placed, then either a fixed bridge will be fitted onto the implants or the implants will be used to firmly hold a removable denture. See our All on X page.

Single tooth replacement

Implant bridge

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Initial Consultation

A consultation appointment is necessary see if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants and to explain the process of placing an implant. 3D CBCT X-rays will be taken and digital impressions of your teeth and gums. A treatment plan will then be drawn up detailing all the appointments required and the estimates.

How are implants placed?

  • You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around where the Implant is being placed. For patients who are anxious sedation can be given.
  • An incision is made in the gum where the implant is going to be placed, to expose the bone; a small hole is then drilled into the jaw bone.
  • The titanium implant screw is inserted into the bone. A protective cover or ‘healing cap’ is placed over the top of the screw. This is either left visible in the mouth, or if the implant is deep in the jaw bone the gum will be stitched over the healing cap.
  • This is left for 3 to 6 months to allow new bone to integrate with the implant allowing osseointegration to happen. If osseointegration does not occur the implant will fail.
  • When the implant has securely integrated with the jaw bone the healing cap is removed. The final crown or bridge can be cemented or screwed into place or a removable overdenture can be clipped onto or supported by the implants
  • On occasion it may be necessary to place a temporary crown or bridge for a few months to allow the gum to heal fully before the permanent restoration can be fitted.



Modern Implant Workflow

Does the implant surgery hurt?

When we place the dental implant into the bone, the appointment is usually seamless and minimally invasive all thanks to our modern work flow.

Most single implant placements take under 5 minutes as it is fully digitally planned and usually require no stitches. If the implants are in areas of low gum or bone we defer back to conventional placement lifting the gum, even in such cases the discomfort is less than having a tooth extracted and generally lesser time. A lot of patients are well enough after an implant appointment to return to their work (provided it is not involve a lot of movement). Tailored advise can be provided to you prior and after the appointment that reflect the best needs for your case.

We always advise pain medication afterwards to relieve minor discomfort.

Looking after your Implant

Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with the dentist are a very important part of looking after your implants as the gums need to remain healthy. The implants can then last a lifetime.