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 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.








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Privacy Notice for Smilecare Dental Clinic

for Patient Data

This Privacy Notice is a shortened form of our Privacy Policy and any patient who wishes to have a copy of our full Policy should ask Rachel Mantle

Smilecare Dental Clinic takes great care to protect the personal data we hold for you in line with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The purpose of collecting and storing personal data about you is to ensure we can:

Personal data held for our patients

The personal data we process (processing includes obtaining the information, using it, storing it, securing it, disclosing it, and destroying it) for you includes:

We keep an inventory of personal data we hold on our patients and this is available on request.

Disclosure to third parties

The information we collect, and store will not be disclosed to anyone who does not need to see it.

We will share your personal information with third parties when required by law or to enable us to deliver a service to you or where we have another legitimate reason for doing so. Third parties we may share your personal information with may include:

We may also share personal information where we consider it to be in a patient’s best interest or if we have reason to believe an individual may be at risk of harm or abuse.

Personal privacy rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you have the following personal privacy rights in relation to the information we hold about you.

You have a right to:

Patients who wish to have inaccuracies deleted or to have information erased must speak to the dentist who provided or provides their care.

Legal basis for processing data held about patients

The GDPR requires us to state the legal basis upon which we process all personal data for our patients and it requires us to inform you of the legal basis on which we process your personal data.

The legal basis on which we process personal information for our patients is in accordance with the dental professionals regulatory bodies: The General Dental Council, and the Care Quality Commission

Automated decision making

What is automated decision making? It is a process whereby you are asked to opt in once to certain processes, these processes will vary from one dental clinic to another, as some dental clinics want to send marketing information to their patients. At Smilecare Dental Clinic we DO NOT send any marketing information, we will only send appointment reminders and relevant information about recommended treatments.

At Smilecare Dental Clinic, we have the following processes when you register that are part of automated decision making:

  1. How you would like to be reminded about the recommended frequency of dental appointments, such as routine check up and dental hygiene care. You can select on your registration forms to be reminded by text, email and or postal reminder. It is our duty of care to remind you of preventative care frequency, it is also your right to request no appointment reminders.

  2. Retaining up to date and accurate dental records. At the point of registering we will create a dental record and ensure it is kept up to date and secure. We have a legal duty to retain dental records for a minimum of 11 years or up to the age of 25 years. You have the right to request that we delete your dental records, in which case we will need to consult with the dental regulatory body: The General Dental Council.

Non Automated decision making, i.e. Specific Patient Informed Consent

For all other processes at Smilecare we will always obtain specific informed consent:

  1. Any recommended treatment, this will be verbally explained by the dentist and then written information will be provided and further discussions if necessary until the patient is fully informed about any options, likely success rates and costs.

  2. Sharing patient information with a specialist or hospital for specialist care, patients will need to specifically consent to the information being provided.


You have a right to complain about how we process your personal data. All complaints concerning personal data should be made in person or in writing to David Mantle. All complaints will be dealt with in line with the practice complaints policy and procedures.

Transferring personal data outside the EU

All patient information is backed up within the practice to a separate drive, in case of fire a second copy is backed up to a company called Carbonite Inc, 2 Avenue de la Lafayette, Boston MA 02111. They are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachsetts and/or Federal Law. In accordance with European Laws, all data will be held under the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce. Carbonite complies with all of the Privacy Shield Principles and if there is any conflict between the terms of privacy policies, then the EU-US and Swiss Privacy Shield Principles shall govern.

This Privacy Notice was reviewed and implemented on: 30/04/2018

It will be reviewed annually and is due for review in November 2018 or prior to this date in accordance with new guidance or legislative changes.

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