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What are Dental Implants?
03 October 2018

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants have proven to be the solution to many patients’ dental problems for many years for both functional and aesthetic reasons. By replacing one tooth to a full arch, it improves patient comfort and confidence.  

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium rod that is gently placed directly into the jawbone to act as an anchor to support one or more crowns or a denture. Each dental implant can usually be used to support up to two false teeth. At The Smile Clinic, Colchester we use a world renowned implant brand called Nobel Biocare.

One major advantage of a dental implant is that it avoids the need to drill the teeth either side of the "gap" which would normally be necessary in preparation of a conventional bridge. Dental Implants can also be used as anchors to improve the stability and retention of loose dentures. Patients find great improvements during speech and eating, increased comfort and renewed confidence. We can often remove the tooth and fit a dental implant at the same appointment.

At The Smile Clinic we use a state of the art CT scanner to measure the amount of bone available for the placement of dental implants. The implantology team uses pre-surgical imaging to indicate the following:

  • where each implant should go
  • how long and wide it should be
  • at what angle it should be inserted
  • whether the bone quality (e.g. its density) is sufficient

Dr Rajeev Prashar will carry out a thorough examination taking appropriate x-rays & scans, to see if your case is suitable. It can be dependent on the condition of the bone in the area of the planned implants. Occasionally there is not enough bone or it is not healthy enough, and it may not be possible to proceed without additional treatment.

Placing of the implants is carried out at the Colchester surgery. It involves a simple operation which is carried out under a normal local anaesthetic. The implant must be allowed to bond (integrate) with the bone. This can take from 3 to 6 months depending on the individual case. During this time it is possible to make a temporary replacement for your missing teeth. Once healing and integration have occurred the permanent replacement is made and fitted.

Modern implants show a success rate of 95-98% over 15-20 years. Being implanted into the bone, as with your natural teeth, implants require thorough cleaning. If this is not carried out then you may experience problems similar to that of gum disease with infection around the implant resulting in bone loss, loosening and failure. Cleaning around the implants is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth and we will strongly advise all patients to see the dental hygienist on a regular basis to maintain the healthy status of the implant and the rest of the teeth and gums.

Dr Prashar is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, and has undertaken extensive training in the UK and USA.

Dr Prashar will assess your suitability and explain fully your treatment options, the stages of treatment and all the estimated costs. as a guide a single tooth implant with a completed porcelain tooth costs in the region of £1,800. Low interest finance plans are available also from Chrysalis Finance. For example an implant costing £1,800 with 9.9% interest would cost you £82.65 per month spread over 24 months (terms and conditions apply).

If you have any questions regarding Dental Implants, please do not hesitate to contact us at our dedicated Essex Dental Implant Clinic to make an appointment for a free consultation.

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