DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT PROCESS
Dental implants are the most effective solution available for missing teeth. Not only do they look, feel and work like real teeth, they are also extremely long lasting and good for bone health. Our tooth implant expert, Mario Veltri, is highly experienced in replacing single or multiple teeth with dental implants. He can replace a complete set of teeth using 4 to 6 implants as well as creating a secure implant anchor for dentures.
We’ve provided a general outline of the dental implant treatment process below. Treatment usually takes around 12 months with costs starting from £2,350 (finance options are available).* To find out more about the benefits of dental implants, please click here.
1. Initial consultation for dental implant treatment at Lion Dental Centre, Stourbridge
Our implant expert will carry out an in-depth consultation and assessment to determine if tooth implants are suitable for you. Most adults in good general health are able to have dental implant treatment but there are exceptions.
We’ll carry out a full examination of your mouth and teeth, take X-rays and impressions as well as asking relevant questions about your medical history. This consultation costs £95 for a new patient and £50 for an existing patient.
2. Dental implant treatment planning
Informed, careful planning is an extremely important part of the treatment process. If you’re suitable for dental implant treatment and decide to go ahead, we’ll use your X-rays and impressions to work out the optimal position for an implant, how many implants you will need and the quality and amount of bone to place the implant/s into.
Any failing teeth will be extracted at this point and we’ll also plan how to treat any other dental-health problems.
3. Placing the dental implants
Implant placement is a small surgical procedure that’s carried out under local anaesthetic. Tooth implants are made of 3 parts – a titanium screw/rod, a connecting part and a crown (the part that looks like a real tooth). During this stage, the screw is placed precisely into your jawbone.
An incision is made in your gums followed by a small hole in the bone with a specialised drill. The screw part of the tooth implant is inserted into the hole before the site is stitched.
4. Healing and integration
Tooth implants can take from 3 to 6 months to fuse with your bone. When integration is established, we will fit the permanent crown or bridge onto the implant. The crowns or bridges are created using your impressions to ensure a perfect match in shape, size and colour.
5. Long-term care and maintenance
You can care for your dental implants just as you care for normal teeth. Thorough and consistent brushing and flossing is essential as is attending all check-up and hygiene appointments.
*Individual timings may vary.
How many dental implants will I need?
This depends on how many teeth you have missing. As a general rule we can ‘bridge’ between implants, so if you have 4 teeth missing in a row we could place 2 implants at each end and suspend 2 teeth between them. If you have no teeth at all, then it is possible to provide a new full set of teeth with 4 or 6 implants.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment from beginning to end usually takes around a year. Once your new tooth implant has been placed we normally wait around 3 to 6 months to allow full healing. Then we can add your perfectly crafted and colour-matched new tooth.
How long will implants last?
Ultimately, the more care you take of your dental implants, the longer they will last. You’ll need to stick to good dental hygiene practices including careful brushing and flossing. It’s also important to attend all check-up and hygiene appointments.
If implants are neglected, calculus and plaque will form in a similar way as with natural teeth. This can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and discomfort.
How do dental implants preserve bone?
When treatment is successful, everyday functions such as talking and eating stimulate the surrounding bone. The bone responds by becoming stronger and denser. There are limitations to the extent of this type of bone augmentation but it can be significant.
How do I prevent problems with my dental implants?
It’s important to remember that dental implant treatment isn’t over when your crowns or bridges are fitted. In addition to thorough cleaning and flossing, giving up smoking will help to protect your jawbone. You can avoid chips and cracks by not using your crowns, bridges and teeth like tools (for example, opening a bottle top or packaging). Wearing a mouth-guard for sport is also a good idea.
|New patient consultation||£95.00|
|Existing patient consultation||£50.00|
|Implants||New patient consultation Existing patient consultation Implants £95.00 £50.00 From £2,250 (finance options available)|