Over fifteen years of dental implant experience means you can trust us to repair your smile
If you have a tooth missing, the chances are you currently either use a denture to fill the gap or put up with a damaged smile on a daily basis. But whilst they are the most commonly used method to replace absent teeth, many patients remain dissatisfied with the temporary nature and relative instability of dentures. For those looking for a more permanent and long-lasting solution to missing teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution.
An implant consists of a sturdy screw crafted from titanium which is secured to your jaw, replacing the natural root of your missing tooth. An artificial tooth, crafted to be almost identical to the original, is then firmly fixed to the screw. We are able to deal with all cases, from single teeth to full mouth reconstructions. We can also rebuild lost bone with bone grafting procedures where there is insufficient natural bone to support stable implant fixtures.
“Dear Mark and team,
I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of me yesterday. I didn’t enjoy the procedure, but knew it had to be done. I felt totally supported and in good hands all the time.
This morning following my implant treatment and bone grafting I have woken up to no swelling and so far no bruising so I am very happy, also knowing I’m one step forward to a better smile.
Many many thanks”
There are numerous benefits to implant surgery. Not only is an implant much more secure and hard-wearing than a denture, but it can give you back the confidence you lost when your smile first became imperfect. With an implant, you are as close as you can be to having your natural tooth in your mouth once more.
For more information about implants, please click here to visit the FAQ section of the Association of Dental Implantology website.
Mark Wright, Lakeside Dental Practice’s dental surgeon, has now spent almost half of his thirty-five-year career successfully researching, studying and practicing implantology, and is an active member of the Association of Dental Implantology. He is also a member of the dental implant team at the Nuffield Hospital in Guildford, and mentors other General Dental Practitioners in implant placement, bone grafting and sinus surgery. He gained his Diploma in Implant Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2011, and was also awarded the Advance Certificate in Dental Implant Surgery from the Faculty of General Dental Practice in 2012.
When should I get a dental implant?
We recommend getting one as soon as a tooth is lost or removed. When you lose a tooth, the bone and surrounding tissues shrinks quite quickly, so the earlier the implant is inserted, the more bone can be preserved and the longer it will last. If you have had a tooth missing for a little while, we will use X-rays or a computer tomography (CT) scan to take images of your jaws. If the bone in your jaw has significantly shrunk since the loss of your tooth, we may need to do a bone graft to strengthen and build it up. This bone grafting technique is necessary to ensure that the dental implants have the best bone structure to fuse with.
If I require a bone graft, what does this entail?
There are a few types of bone available for grafting: your own bone, another human bone or bone derived from demineralised animal bone and this will usually be grafted using calcium phosphate. It can sound a little scary, but we will always discuss with you the best options for your individual circumstance. This process might take a little longer than regular dental implants to accommodate healing, but is worth it for the dental implant procedure to be successful and long-term.
Do implants hurt?
Inserting the implant is a small procedure that is usually carried out under local anesthesia and is often less uncomfortable than the initial tooth removal. Afterwards, you might experience a little bit of discomfort but this can usually be controlled by over the counter medicines.
Is the treatment expensive?
Everyone’s level of dental health is different, so it’s very difficult for us to have fixed fees for our dental implants. We will fully examine your mouth and give you a detailed written treatment plan, along with the estimation of cost before the procedure. In general, the costs are generally comparable to crown and bridge restorations and should be weighed against the quality of the implants provide. When the long-term costs of an implant and a bridge are compared an implant will often be a more cost effective long-term option.
If you would like to find out more about implants, please click here to visit the Association of Dental Implants website.