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Our Treatments - Dental Implants

At Surrey Dental Spa, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality of dental care. We use the high quality Ankylos implant system and Biohorizons Dental Implant system. Implants offer a 95-98% success rate. We offer a consultation with Dr Ilaty for implants where you can discuss your treatment needs with the dentist, and our prices are extremely competitive for the London and Surrey area.

Dental implants are small titanium pegs placed into the jawbone. They are used to support one or more crowns, bridges or dentures. You can have as many or as few implants as are required. For example you could have a single tooth replaced or a complete set. Implants are designed to last for many years. Good oral hygiene plays a vital part in helping the implants to be successful.

Options

Implants can vary and you may have heard them referred to as mini-implants or just implants. The mini-implants are used mainly to secure dentures and implants are used where the patient has lost a natural tooth and does not want to wear dentures. As excellent oral hygiene is imperative to enable you to have implants or mini-implants your dentist will advise you as to what option would best suit your needs.

Implants

For over 40 years, dental implants have offered an exciting long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. They can replace one or more lost teeth or hold dentures securely in the mouth. The implant takes over the role of the root providing a foundation to which a cosmetic restoration can be secured. Dental Implants have a continuing success rate of 95-98%

In order to take over the role of the tooth root; the dental implant is inserted into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. It is subsequently interwoven painlessly with bone.

The most natural solution to tooth loss, both aesthetically and functionally is implant-bourne teeth. They are not only fixed as securely as your own natural teeth, but often cannot be distinguished in either function or appearance.

Unlike conventional bridges, when dental implants are placed, the neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground down to stumps in order to support it. Healthy teeth that would be damaged by traditional methods are preserved and there is no risk of tooth decay or problems with tooth roots that may arise with conventional bridges, as long as oral hygiene is maintained.

Dental Implants transmit chewing forces evenly to the jawbone. As with natural teeth, this chewing force stimulates bone and preserves it, halting the bone loss normally associated with missing teeth. Conventional treatment methods do not offer this important benefit.

Implant treatment can be broken down into four phases: treatment planning, implant placement, crown placement and hygiene maintenance. Your dentist will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine how the implant should be placed. Occasionally, a bone or gum tissue graft will be needed to provide an adequate site for placement. On occasion, a CT scan is required to fully assess the bone level.

The implant is then placed in the bone and given a period of time to heal (osseointegrate) before attachment of the crown. In some cases, you can receive a temporary crown the same day. The final crown is usually placed 3-6 months after implant placement.

The fee for implant treatment varies depending on the complexity of the procedure and on location. Some dental insurance plans cover a portion of the fee, but most do not. Extended payment options that can bring treatment within reach of most patients are often available.

While dental implants may have a higher initial cost than conventional treatment options, studies have shown that they have a lower lifetime cost. A good investment, considering that implants help maintain bone and protect youthful appearance.

Mini-Implants

You will need to have a consultation where x-rays will be taken to assess if you have enough bone, and whether your present denture can be adapted for Mini Implants. In almost all cases there is enough bone for mini-implants. On the day of the procedure you will be given a local anaesthetic, then the Mini Dental Implants are placed in the bone, which takes approximately half an hour. Your denture is then prepared with holes so that your denture will attach to the implants, or the process of a new denture would soon begin as not all existing dentures can be reused. You will then be booked a review appointment for 2 days later to monitor your healing and progress, which will differ from patient to patient.

Bone Grafting

We are able to offer bone grafting treatments at the practice. This is sometimes needed to ensure there is enough bone to place an implant successfully. Minor bone grafting involves the placement of supplement bone at the time of placing an implant. We also have the ability to perform bone grafting using the patient's own bone. If additional bone is required, it would be discussed by the dentist at the consultation stage.

After care

After care is very important, if you are to have long lasting successful implants. Cleaning around the tooth attachment is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and your dentist can advise you how to clean these areas. Your dentist will also always advise a regular maintenance programme with the hygienist to give you the best results possible.

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