Advance Dental Implant Clinic in Essex
Dental Implants have proven to be the answer to many patients' dental problems both functional and aesthetic. By replacing just one tooth to a full arch reconstruction, they enable the restoration of a natural smile, improving 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 implant can usually be used to support up to two false teeth.
One major advantage of an implant is that it avoids the need to drill down the teeth either side of the "gap" which would normally be necessary in preparation of a conventional bridge. The implant also provides a stimulus to the bone reducing further shrinkage.
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.
Dental Implant Cases
Planning your treatment?
At Advance Dental Clinic we use a state of the art CT scanner to measure the amount of bone availalbe for the placement of implants. this low dose scanner imported from the USA can measure the bone in 3D to the nearest 100th of a millimetre.
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
- where the sensitive anatomy is located
Who can have implants?
Dr Andrew Moore will carry out a thorough examination taking appropriate x-rays, 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.
What does the treatment involve?
Placing of the implants is carried out at the surgery. It involves a simple operation which is carried out under a normal local anaesthetic. The after effects are similar to having a tooth extracted i.e. you may feel mild discomfort due to the normal healing processes.
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.
How successful is the treatment?
Modern implants show a success rate of 95-98% over 15-20 years. On the rare occasion that integration does not occur and the implant is loosening, then it can be easily removed and the site allowed to heal, with placement of another implant at a later stage.
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.
Andrew is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology, and has undertaken extensive training in the UK and Germany. He is currently a tutor on the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons of London. He uses the Ankylos implant system and teaches other dentists advanced techniques at the practice in Chelmsford Essex.
How much do implants cost?
Andrew 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 £1900
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 consultation.