Felpham Dental Implants

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What is a dental implant?

Implants can be a long-term solution for anyone wanting to replace missing teeth, close unsightly gaps, or secure unstable dentures. Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth, and  the latest advances  mean they now  can last as long or even longer than your own teeth. Using the latest advanced  technology and a team of experts  at the Felpham Dental Implant Clinic, we can install some dental implants in just one hour.

A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root, usually made from titanium. There are many different implant systems available and we only use the highest quality materials in our implants. The main aim during the placement of the  implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. Over time further growth of bone onto the implant surface enhances the stability of the implant.In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Immediate Implant Placement

It is possible for an implant to be placed in the fresh wound after the removal of a tooth. This is referred to as immediate implant placement.

Immediate Loading

Normally, there is a healing phase after an implant has been inserted. The gap is covered with a temporary denture and nothing is loaded on to the implant. Using the latest immediate loading technology at Felpham Dental Implant Clinic, a fixed, natural-looking tooth can be  fitted in one day.

Implant Materials

We use metals, alloys, ceramics and porcelain, and the material used will depend on your requirements. Almost all are made of pure surgical-grade titanium which is stable and easily accepted by your mouth. We only use the best available materials.

Who is suitable for dental implants?

Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health. They can only be used once the jawbone has stopped growing and so generally are not used with younger patients.

Habits such as heavy drinking or smoking can increase the number of problems associated with initial healing and thereafter may be bad for the long-term health of gum and bone surrounding each implant. We may  decline to place implants if smoking cannot be reduced or given up altogether.

However, each case is different and if you do have any medical problems then speak to your doctor or dentist prior to starting any treatment .

How will you know if you are suitable for implants?

At your complimentary initial  consultation, the dentist will assess the feasibility of providing implant treatment. You will be expected to answer detailed questions concerning your medical history and there will be a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth to discover the nature and extent of any current dental problems. Usually x-rays will be taken and models of the teeth prepared so that these can be examined after your visit.

These x-rays and models will be used to determine the optimal position for an implant, how many implants can be placed in the gap and the quality and volume of bone that is available.

Establishing good basic dental health is a key stage in any treatment plan. At this first appointment you will be made aware of what treatment is required to stabilise any gum- or tooth-related problems if they exist.

Do you need to have a healthy mouth?

When you first enquire about dental implants it is often in response to an awareness of ongoing dental problems or the recent loss of teeth. The cause of these problems will need to be understood and treated before undertaking implant treatment. If you have a history of gum disease then you have a higher likelihood of having problems with dental implants.

If you are aware of bad breath, loose teeth, or have noticed excessive bleeding, particularly when your teeth are cleaned professionally, you may have gum problems. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a major cause of bone loss, and with reduced bone dental implant treatment can be more complicated but not impossible.Before any treatment is started we will ensure you have healthy gums by referring you to one of our hygienists.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at my first consultation?

Your first consultation will be free of charge. We will go through the whole process with you  in detail , making it simple and worry-free . We will discuss your medical history to ensure that you are suitable for an implant .We will provide a written treatment plan with the full cost breakdown and answer any question or worries that you may have.

What costs are involved in implant treatments?

The cost can vary, depending on the degree and extent of treatment required but is usually around £2,000. The full cost will be explained  to you and confirmed in a written treatment plan. We are exceptionally good value for our standard of service and for the materials we use. We don’t do “cheap and cheerful”.

How long will it take?

New technology has enabled us to complete some treatments in just 24 hours  but every case is different and treatments may take two or three appointments over seven to fourteen days.

How long will it last?

Once treatment is completed, a regular routine of dental hygiene and regular check-ups should ensure that implants last for many years.

Will I be able to eat what I like afterward?

Once completed, patients should be able to eat a normal, healthy diet with little or no difficulty.

What if I have dentures?

If your existing dentures are strong enough, we can adjust them to fix to your implants, but we will always consider your individual requirements.

Am I too old for implant treatment?

There is no upper age limit for patients to undergo implant treatment.

Is the treatment painful?

Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures. We use local anaesthesia during the procedure and we can also provide sedation if you wish.Gums are normally sensitive for a few days after treatment, and there may be a small amount of swelling. But most people do not even need pain killers and implant-borne teeth quickly feel totally natural.

Do I need to rest afterwards?

A few days’ rest is recommended after treatment, and if you are taking part in vigorous sport we would suggest that you speak to us first.

 What are the risks?

After treatment, infections very rarely occur and can usually be easily  treated. We recommend regular teeth cleaning to remove stubborn plaque and bacteria, and will advise you on the best dental routine. Injuries to nerves and blood vessels are possible but they are extremely unlikely . Rejection  and loosening of an implant are  also very rare. If this does happen, we will remove the implant  under local anaesthetic and replace it in the same session.

dr-sharad-patelDr Sharad Patel qualified at The Leeds Dental Institute, gained his Master in Clinical Dentistry at the prestigious Kings Dental Institute in London. He has been specialising in cosmetic dentistry and implantology  for more than 15 years, and has gained an international reputation for the elegance of his work. As well as running his own practice in Jersey, Sharad  lectures internationally on cosmetic dentistry and implantology, and mentors referring dentists as they develop their careers. He helps dental practitioners expand their skills in dental implants, bone augmentation and facial aesthetics, enabling them to offer those services. Sharad  is one of an elite group of dentists in the UK with membership of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and International Congress of Implantology.

 

“I love my job, and am passionate about finding and developing the world’s most advanced treatments.

For nearly two decades I have been lucky enough to meet the world’s leading aesthetic dentists as I have travelled, both lecturing to other implantologists and learning from them myself

I have a fantastic team, and we take great pride in managing every smallest detail in order to create a comfortable and relaxed environment”.

 

For more information contact  the Association of Dental Implantology

The Association of Dental Implantology’s aim is to benefit the dental profession with continuing implant education and the general public with greater understanding of the benefits of dental implant treatment, without any commercial bias.

To book your complimentary consultation to discuss a possible dental implant,
please call 01243 864663 and speak to Diane at reception .