Dental Implants

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If you are suffering from missing or broke teeth there is hope. Perhaps you are wearing a denture which is loose so you find it hard to eat. Many of us find it embarrassing to talk about and deal with these issues.

For most people dental implants offer the best long-term solution to replace missing teeth. Designed to behave just like a natural tooth the implant fuses with the bone. A porcelain crown is then attached to your implant which will restore the appearance and the function in the area.

We are aware that the more training and experience the clinician carrying out your treatment has, the quicker and more comfortable you are going to be. We use only the most acclaimed implant systems, to ensure you receive the best quality treatment.

Our in house oral surgeon is Dr Carl Manhem, a leading implant surgeon. Carl has been placing implants for more than 30 years and is also a former Clinical lecturer at Eastman Dental Institute.

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Patient - Julie

Worried nervous and unsure. That's how I felt before I came to Notley. Now people have not stopped complimenting me on my lovely smile. That certainly never happened before I came to Notley. Thank you to Mete and all the team that looked after me so well.

What is an Implant?

Implants are titanium root shaped posts that are placed in the bone under your gums. After a healing phase a porcelain crown can be fitted onto the implant. The implant can also be used to attach bridges and secure dentures when more than one tooth is missing.

What stages are involved?

At your initial consultation our specialist, Dr Carl Manhem, will carry out your consultation and listen to your needs. During this appointment we may take colour photographs and digital x-rays and thereafter an itemised treatment plan and estimate will be sent to you.

At the following implant placement appointment the titanium Implant is placed as a replacement for your natural tooth root.

After a healing period of 4-6 months your final porcelain crown is carefully crafted and attached to the implant.

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Can anyone have Dental Implants?

Healthy gums and bone are essential to support implants. They will need maintenance in much the same way as natural teeth. Patients who want to have implants are encouraged to commit to an oral hygiene routine, including flossing, brushing and regular dental hygienists visits to help protect the supporting tissues.

As dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, it is preferable that patients have good overall general health. Even patients who have lost significant bone volume can have dental implants, by using bone grafting or ‘All On Four’ techniques.

Is the treatment painful?

It is one of the most common concerns for people thinking about having an implant. When carried out by an experienced clinician, most dental implants are easy to place, taking only about 10-15 minutes to complete the surgical part of the treatment, (more complex cases may take longer).

The majority of implants are placed under a normal dental local anaesthetic and once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful at all throughout your treatment.

We can also offer sedation which makes patients feel very comfortable, relaxed and you rarely remember much about the procedure afterwards.

Can I have sedation, pain-free dentistry?

We can offer intravenous sedation. This leaves you comfortable and unaware of your treatment, but you remain conscious. You will need an adult to accompany you home and should plan ahead as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your treatment.

We have a dedicated sedation team, “Sedation Solutions”, that we have worked with for more than 10 years and together we provide pain-free procedures.

How long will implants last?

If well cared for and maintained with regular hygienist appointments, an implant should last for many years. Implant treatment is probably the most successful dental treatment option today where natural teeth have failed.

It is possible to chip a crown or bridge on implants in the same way that it is possible to chip a tooth and we recommend annual reviews with x-rays to check the bone levels around the implants.

What is bone grafting?

In many cases where Dental Implants are desired the bone volume has decreased mainly due to gum disease, infection and/or tooth loss. The lost bone volume must in many cases be replaced with bone grafting materials.

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