Dental Implants

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What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are often the best way to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support and stabilise a loose denture when all teeth are missing. The replacement is made to both look and feel like the original tooth/teeth.

The implant (metal root) is made from titanium, shaped like a screw, and is placed under the gum into the jaw bone. It is used to help secure specialised crowns, bridges and dentures in the mouth.  

Long term implants have been shown to keep the jaw bone levels more stable so there is not the shrinkage of the jaw that can happen with dentures and bridge work. Implant treatment is carried out with local anaesthetic (dental injection), and there is no requirement for hospital admission. You will feel some vibration during the procedure but it will otherwise be comfortable due to the effective local anaesthetics now used.  We can provide sedation if patients feel anxious about the procedure.

What are the stages of an implant?

After a full investigation including dental x-rays or a scan, our implant dentist, we will provide you with a detailed treatment plan including timeframe and exact costs.  If straightforward a simple single implant can be placed within 2 to 4 weeks after the first assesssment. Then usually 10 to 12 weeks after placing the implant the specialised crown can be then secured on the top.  Where bone regeneration is needed the timeframe will increase to a total of 10 months.

Oliver Quinn BDS MClinDent (Pros) GDC no 83869.

Ollie final "I really enjoy discussing the detail of patients' treatment options with them, and then I want to provide my patients with the very best treatment and so they are happy with the result".

How successful are implants?

Present day implants have a 95% success rate over a 15 year period. This success rate is reduced to 85% in patients who are susceptible to gum disease and to 80% in patients who smoke*. *please see reference below.

Please note these success rates are a guide only, individual success rates are discussed with you. Once the implants have healed into the jaw bone, the long term success rates are also dependant on your ability to maintain and keep the implants clean, and also on having them checked on a regular basis.

Are Implants suitable for everyone?

Patients need to be relatively fit and healthy and have overall good oral hygiene care.  The bone height and volume needs to be suitable.

What happens if my bone levels are low?

It is possible to build up your own bone by encouraging it to regenerate using an artificial bone substitute.  I use a well known tried and tested product called Bio-OssTM made by a Swiss company called Geistlich. The Bio-OssTM material forms a natural structure and encourages the patient’s own bone to regenerate and increase in volume.  It often needs protecting with a barrier membrane which is made of collagen. The regeneration process takes approximately 3-6 months. Although it may increase the overall timeframe, it is crucial that the bone levels are good enough to support a future implant.

How much do they cost?

The initial clinical assessment with Oliver is £250.  In some cases a CT scan is needed at a diagnostic clinic which is up to £145.

Following the assessment a single implant including the specialised crown on the top is £2980.

The costs will increase if your natural bone levels are low which can be common where there has been an infection or if the tooth was taken out some time before. If this is the case then a supporting bone material called Bio-OssTM is added to encourage the regeneration of your own healthy bone. Depending on the amount of bone loss this can be at the same time as the implant is placed or before at a separate appointment. The cost for is an additional £500-1200

Additional costs £650 - £900 would apply if a temporary bridge or denture is needed, for instance for a front tooth area to prevent a gap showing, while the implant is healing. The costs depend on the complexity of the case and they will be discussed at the beginning so that there are no surprises.

Where can I get more information?

You are welcome to chat with Charlotte, our Treatment Plan Co-ordinator, or you can visit: The Association of Dental Implants website

You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pop in and chat to our Smilecare Reception Team: Charlotte, Jan or Rachel.

Reference for Implant Success Rates: Esposito M, Grusovin MG, Willings M, Coulthard P, Worthington HV (2007). "The effectiveness of immediate, early, and conventional loading of dental implants: a Cochrane systematic review of randomized controlled clinical trials". The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants 22 (6): 893–904.