Dental implants are the nearest possible substitute for natural teeth. They feel and function just like real teeth and can provide long-term, predictable solutions for a number of dental problems.
The procedure of placing them to support retained dentures, bridges, single or multiple teeth demands a complex and meticulous type of dentistry. This is headed up at North Street Dental and Implant Clinic, Dudley, West Midlands by Dr Owain Rees BDS, DGDP (UK) Dip Imp Dent (UCL) GDC 61575. Owain has been placing implants for more than 25 years.
Implant dentistry is recognised as the most efficient way of replacing missing teeth. They are a permanent dental solution – the implant acting as a substitute for a tooth root on which a prosthetic is fixed.
Implant dentistry consultation
Initial implant dentistry consultations take about 40 minutes and will enable us to accurately assess your suitability for the procedure. Your appointment at our Dudley clinic will probably require a digital scan of your mouth.
Dental implant treatment plans
Our aim is simple: To meet your dental needs and to help realise your goals. Your options will be fully explained and for the time you are in our care, we’ll encourage you to actively contribute to your clinical journey.
Dental implants – the options
The following options are available:
- Implant supported single crowns.
- Implant supported multiple teeth.
- Implant supported bridges.
- Implant retained upper and lower dentures.
- The ‘teeth in a day’ procedures – where a whole crown of permanently fixed teeth can be secured on implants in a single day.
Dental implants are small titanium threaded pins that screw into the jawbone. Occasionally, a synthetic bone graft will be required if natural bone has eroded through the ageing process.
The procedure for traditional dental implants – our favoured option – would normally take up to nine weeks from initial consultation to having prosthetic teeth loaded onto fixings.
Are they safe and how long will they last?
Dental implants are a safe, established therapy and generally, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
How well you look after them – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If oral hygiene is poor they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infections, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. Although we would expect implants to potentially last a lifetime, like other surgical implants, such as a hip replacement, there is no lifetime guarantee.
I have some of my own teeth, could I still have dental implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with dental implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Can they replace missing teeth?
This depends on the condition of the jawbone. A 3-D scan will allow us to see whether you are suitable for the procedure. If the bone is eroded in your jaw at the critical point it’s possible a synthetic graft could make the surgery possible.
Will it hurt?
Placing an dental implant is often easier than having teeth extracted and is usually done using a local anaesthetic. You should not feel pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort following the surgery. Most patients report significantly less discomfort than they anticipated following the procedure.
What if I’m anxious?
For anxious patients North Street Dental and Implant Clinic offers a sedation option, which we’d be happy to discuss with you.
What about aftercare?
At our West Midlands clinic we pride ourselves in our excellent aftercare and we’re always here for you should a problem arise. The dental team will give you instructions on how to look after your implant/s and what to look out for during the period required for them to fuse into the bone.
After implants have been placed, bone needs to grow around them and this can take a few weeks. When we are entirely happy that the implants have consolidated into the bone, the prosthetic can be permanently fixed.