Dental implants at Barbara Castle Dental Practice are performed by Dr Irene Amrore

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Today, if you lose one or more teeth, you now have options beyond bridges and partial dentures. One of those options is dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are inserted into the jaw bone and are used to anchor natural-looking false teeth. The bone is able to naturally grow around the implant, providing a smile that not only looks completely natural, but one that feels and functions more like your own teeth.

Dental implants are a solution to providing fixed alternatives to dentures and bridges, while providing natural and aesthetic results.Dental implants are not only an option for patients who lose one tooth. Patients who are missing most, if not all of their teeth can greatly enjoy the benefits as well.

Implants look and feel much better than dentures and traditional removable bridges, and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed in place. Since this is surgery, we spend the necessary time to inform you of all the details, including the risks, regarding dental implant surgery.

  • What is a dental implant?

    Dental implants are the ideal solution for replace missing teeth, including dentures or dental bridges.

    Dental Implants are commonly, small titanium screws (which act like raw-plugs) that are fixed into the jawbone. These dental implants act like the root of a natural tooth. A number of different types of dental appliance can be fixed to the implants, for example, a new Dental Crown (or tooth cap), a bridge (to replace multiple teeth), or a denture can be fixed to the dental implants.

    We use a variety of  implant systems but favor implants manufactured by DIO. Click on the links to find out more: www.dioimplant.com www.dentala.co.uk

  • The trend towards dental implants.

    Dental implants (teeth implants) have rapidly grown in popularity since they were first placed in Europe in the mid 1960s. Patients found that teeth implants had numerous advantages over traditional treatments for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures, crowns, and bridges. Dental implants have consequently becoming an integral part of restorative dentistry.

  • How much do dental implants cost?

    We don’t want cost to become a barrier to the perfect treatment for you. Implant treatment can often cost only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges. Payment is done in stages to allow for recovery between treatments.

    There are many advantages to dental implant treatment, and our patients believe that these advantages outweigh the cost. An implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about. These problems are solved by having increased support and retention from Dental Implants

  • Why choose Barbara Castle Dental Practice?

    With over 7 years experience, our dental surgeon, Dr Irene Amrore , has trained with some of the world’s leading Implantologists and cosmetic dentists. She has recently completed a Masters In Implant Dentistry at The University Of Warwick. She also offers mentoring to dentists in the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Turkey. Our nurses are fully implant trained and certified.

  • Are dental implants safe and how long will they last?

    Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Providing you adhere to proper at home dental care and regular dental visits, your dental implants should last a lifetime. Smokers may have some problems and they are usually advised to give up smoking during the actual implant treatment as smoking can hamper healing of the gums.

  • I only have a few missing teeth. Can I still have dental implants?

    Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants. Solutions are available to restore one single tooth to a complete set using bridges or dentures.

  • Can dental implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

    It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Our team undertake a number of special tests to assess the amount and quality of bone in your mouth. Don’t worry if there isn’t enough bone, further procedures can be carried out to ensure that you become a suitable candidate for dental implants.

  • Does the dental implants procedure hurt?

    Having implant surgery can be simple or complex depending on the case. Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anaesthetic with or without sedation. You will not feel any pain during the surgery, but as you have had a surgical procedure, it is only natural to expect some discomfort during the week following the surgery.

  • How long does dental implants treatment take?

  • How soon can I have the new teeth?

    This depends on the individual case. The implants need to fuse (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This is a normal healing process, and can take at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If suitable, artificial teeth may be attached much sooner than this during a procedure known as immediate loading.

    Don’t worry – in the healing phase we will not leave you without a suitable temporary result. We would not want you walking around without any teeth! We are able to provide a number of different temporary solutions, e.g. a denture, bridge or gum shield.

  • If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the dental implants?

    Yes, Implants need maintenance as do natural teeth. If you don’t care for them well enough problems can arise. If you keep them clean, and don’t smoke, then you should not have any problems.

  • Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to dental implants?

    Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentists. Implant retained dentures are designed so that you can remove them and clean them.

  • Do the dental implants show?

    We aim to ensure that the final restorations appear as natural as possible, however, in some cases different techniques need to be used to mask the dental implants. We always aim to provide a result that appears as natural as possible.

  • Do I have a dental implant for each missing tooth?

    No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. The number of implants depends on each individual case. Bridges and dentures do not require an implant per tooth, in fact, a full arch can be restored with only four implants!

  • What happens if the dental implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

    This happens in approximately 1 out of 20 implants placed worldwide. If the dental implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there, or an alternative plan can be made.