Dental Implants

Losing a tooth can mean losing your confidence if it affects your smile. This needn’t be the case if you choose Dental Implants.
A warm smile is often the first thing people notice about us. Having a smile you are proud of boosts your self-esteem and makes you look and feel great!

Even if your tooth isn’t at the front of your mouth and not that noticeable, the gap can be irritating, and a lost tooth can cause bone degradation in the jaw. There’s no need to suffer when Implants are an easy and permanent solution for missing teeth.
If your teeth are badly damaged, crooked, or decayed, an Implant may be a good choice to restore your smile and regain an effective bite.

What Are Dental Implants?

A Dental Implant is almost identical to a natural tooth in look and feel. The Implant consists of a small grade-5 titanium screw, which is surgically inserted into the bone, and a ceramic cap (crown) which is specially moulded and coloured to fit the gap.

An Implant may support one tooth or a bridge. An Implant Bridge is where one Implant screw supports several teeth connected together.

Implant screws are usually individually designed for patients. However, there are some standard solutions. The Implant screw is surgically inserted into the bone under a local anaesthetic.

The metal screw of the Implant is made from biocompatible titanium. Over time the biocompatible metal fuses together with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. This replicates the function of the natural tooth root and means Implants are as strong, in fact usually stronger over time than a natural tooth.

The specially moulded Tooth Cap or Bridge is secured in place, usually around three months after the screw has been surgically fitted. This allows time for the titanium screw to bond with the bone before fitting the cap.

Dental Implants can replace a single tooth, provide a bridge for a series of teeth, or replace a whole set of teeth. Dental Implants mean Dentures can easily be replaced with a permanent set of teeth.

The Process of Dental Implant Surgery

Your first visit will allow us to gain an overview of the problem and for you to gain any general answers to the process with our Patient Care Coordinator. They will explain all aspects of treatment, from scheduling appointments to financing. involve a comprehensive assessment of the problem.

You second appointment involves seeing one of our skilled and experienced implant dentists. A full health check will be conducted, and the bespoke Implant process will be explained to you. They will also explain the process in detail using models and imaging so you can understand the treatment journey from your first appointment to recovery. If you decide to go ahead, X-rays will be taken, and a CBCT or 3D scan may be required.

The next appointment will involve the surgical procedure for fitting the Implant screw or screws. Even in the case of multiple screws, this is usually completed in one appointment. All surgery can be completed under a local anaesthetic or even with sedation if you would prefer to be more relaxed.

The implant is allowed time, usually around three months to settle, and then an impression is made to create the new tooth structure.

Finally, around two weeks later when the new prosthesis is ready, the tooth or teeth are attached to the Implant.
In some cases, where full teeth replacement is completed, a temporary Resin Bridge is fitted to allow the use of teeth while Implants are stabilising. This temporary bridge is removed later to fit the full prosthesis.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

• Dental Implants look and feel like a real tooth, and they can also prevent bone loss which can occur with removable solutions such as Dentures.
• Dental Implants don’t require special care like removable Dentures, nor do Implants require any restriction on the type of food you can eat.
• Implants can replace badly damaged, crooked, or discoloured teeth to give a more confident smile.
• The process of Dental Implant surgery is minimally invasive.
• There is less chance of infection, and there is no need to cut into healthy teeth which was required by traditional bridging processes.
• Dental Implants don’t degrade like normal teeth; they are in fact stronger than normal teeth.

Dental Implant FAQs

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we receive about Implant surgery.

Am I eligible for a Dental Implant?
There are only very few cases where people are ineligible for Dental Implants; typically the only reason is if you have taken Bisphosphonates (a drug used for osteoporosis) or similar drugs.

Can children have Implants?
No, the jaw needs to be fully developed before Implants can be fitted. The recommended minimum age is 18 years old.

Is Implant surgery painful?
Surgery is minimally invasive. The process is no more painful than regular dental work, which with anaestheticis just slightly uncomfortable.

My missing teeth are at the back, do I need Implants?
Not replacing teeth can lead to jaw bone damage which can result in deformation of the facial structure and adversely affect your smile.

How affordable are Dental Implants?
Implant procedures costs about £1.40 per day and a full set of teeth about £5.70 per day using our payment plan options.

Are there any risks?
In a very small number of cases, Implant failure can occur, all surgical processes have a small risk.

When can I return to work?
Generally, you can go back to work straight after the appointment, but this will depend on your type of work, for example speaking may be a little difficult with anaesthetic, and operating machinery is not recommended. In these cases, you may want to take the day off work and return the next day.

What happens if there is not enough bone for the Dental Implant?
In most cases, a Zygomatic Implant or a specially designed implant will work, but in cases where this is not possible, bone grafting is needed.

To find out more about Dental Implants and your suitable, make an appointment today and contact the Oxford House Dental Practice on 01908 373 614.

DENTAL IMPLANTS FROM £46.20* PER MONTH

Your teeth have a big impact on your appearance and self-confidence, as well as your overall dental health. Missing teeth can not only affect the way you look and feel; they can also make eating more difficult and put strain on the remaining teeth leading to more issues!

Dental implants are a permanent solution for someone looking to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to slot in perfectly with your surrounding teeth, to match the shape, size, alignment and colour .

The benefits of Dental Implants from as little as £46.20 per month*

Dental implants can improve the appearance of your teeth, enhance your speech quality, and make you feel good about smiling again.

However, the benefits of dental implants are not just aesthetic – by acting as natural teeth, they can realign your bite, to make you fall in love with your favourite foods once more. When you replace missing teeth, you also reinforce and protect the jaw bone beneath your gums, to prevent future deterioration.

  • Restore the mouth as closely as possible to its natural state
  • Increase comfort by eliminating loose fitting dentures and partial dentures
  • Preserve facial structure by virtually stopping the deterioration of the jaw
  • Make a more natural smile, improving appearance and self-confidence
  • Dental implants look, feel and function similar to natural teeth and should be cleaned just like natural teeth
  • They do not involve cutting down adjacent teeth
  • They are not removable

Experienced Implant Dental Surgeons 

Our team have been fitting dental implants for many years. We use state-of-the-art 3D technology to ensure that the bone in your jaw is strong enough to support your implant. Where this is not the case, we can also offer sinus and bone augmentation to rebuild the foundations necessary to place a dental implant.

If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, we will carefully design your tooth implant, to ensure a precise fit and seamless finish. During the procedure, we can offer IV sedation to reduce anxiety and minimise discomfort. We also have a range of finance plans available* that will help you spread the cost of treatment.

*Subject to status. Conditions apply. Representative examples: Cash price of treatment £2200.00; repayable by 12 monthly payments of £183.33; Total amount repaid £2200.00; Representative 0% APR, or *repayable by 60 monthly payments of £46.20; Total amount repaid £2772.00; Representative 9.9% APR.

A long-term solution

Sustain your face and lip shape

Restore your smile & boost your confidence

Improve your speech & enjoy your favourite foods again

Protect your bone, gums and teeth