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Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth and a smile with gaps you are not happy with?
Do you have trouble eating and/or are in discomfort due to these issues?

Often these problems can be alleviated using removable dentures or a bridge, however in some circumstances a dental implant is the best option giving your mouth the much needed support to function properly again.

At Weybridge Dental Care we are proud to offer a high quality Dental Implant service. Dr Esprey is a member of the ADI Implant organisation, which focuses on the on-going training of dental professionals in the delivery of dental implants.


What are implants?

Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.
Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.

Would implants be right for me?

Implants usually have two sections – the post in the jaw and an extension that is added later when the post is secure. Attaching the extension needs a small cut in the gum above the implant. You might have more than one implant. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).

Can anyone have implants?

Unfortunately, just having missing teeth does not automatically qualify someone to have dental implants. General health and condition of the mouth need to be taken into account.

What is bone grafting?

Without sufficient quantity and quality of bone, it is difficult to place implants. Our diagnostic process will help to determine the availability of bone. This is usually done with the help of x-rays. In some cases, we may use a CT-type scan to obtain a 3-dimensional image for more accurate bone assessment. In cases where sufficient bone is not available a range of grafting techniques can be used.

Is there an age limit to implants?

You can be too young for implants but age itself is not a barrier. The state of your health is an important criteria and your dentist will determine your suitability for surgery. After general health the most important criteria is probably whether there is sufficient quality and quantity of bone to accommodate implants. Our dentists will assess this and advise if you are suitable. Contrary to what many people believe, (relative) old age alone is not a barrier to having dental implants.

What are the known complications?

As in all surgical procedures there are reported complications. In Implant Dentistry these are mainly either due to a failure of the implant to integrate with the jaw bone, or due to damage to adjacent anatomical structures. The incidence of these complications is very small, and with careful pre-operative planning the risks are kept to an absolute minimum.Where an implant does not integrate with bone, this is sometimes due to a patient having an unfavourable bone pattern or the presence of pre-existing pathology or infection. After a few months the implant might be successfully reinserted.

A thorough assessment and appropriate treatment plan is essential to minimise risks.

How long does it take to place a dental implant?

It takes approximately one hour to fit a dental implant.

What can be expected during placement?

Placement is normally carried out under local anaesthesia. For patients who are anxious, sedation is also offered. During the surgery, the local anaesthesia and sedation given practically eliminates all discomfort. After the surgery, there will be some discomfort, swelling or bruising but with the appropriate medication, it is usually not unduly uncomfortable. However, it is important to note that different people can heal at different rates.

What type of dental implants do you use?

We use a range of different implants depending on the site and result we need to achieve. Straumann, Nobel Biocare, Bio Horizons and others are used.

Will dental implants feel like normal teeth?

In time implants feel like normal teeth, and function in exactly the same way.

Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have. Return to treatments
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