Dental Implants

Dental implants are a realistic way of replacing missing teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth or a number of teeth and can also be used as a very successful way of keeping dentures in place.

The benefits of dental implants.

  • Implants can help overcome the difficulties with removable dentures which some people experience.
  • Implants can help specifically with eating and speaking properly and they may improve appearance.
  • People will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants.

How do dental implants work?

Made out of specially engineered titanium, they are carefully placed in the jaw bone and then left in place until they bond (osseointergrate) with the bone. Because this process can take several months, implants require a high degree of commitment but the results are definitely worthwhile. The implant supported teeth are then carefully matched in colour and shape to your own teeth.

Model of an Astra Dental Implant in place alongside normal teeth.

Model of an Astra Dental Implant in place alongside normal teeth.

For dental implants to be successful patients need to have healthy gums, good oral hygiene and enough bone to take the implant that supports the replacement teeth although techniques are available to add additional bone if required. Regular routine checkup visits are also essential.

  • Please note that smoking may shorten the life of your implant.
  • Some chronic diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis could interfere with healing and make an implant more likely to fail.

We use the Dentsply Astra Tech Implant System of dental implants to replace missing teeth and to stabilise loose dentures. Our Oral Surgeon, and our Periodontist carry out this treatment in conjunction with one of our team of dentists. You can visit the Astra Tech website for more details.

The Procedure

Initially Your Dentist will take a 3D radiographic scan of the area where you are considering an implant, At Bridge Dental we use the latest Sirona Orthophos SL 3D CT scanner.  From the scan the Implant Surgeon can assess the best place to place the implant and also ensure the surgeon avoids critical structures.


Bone is exposed in the jaw where the implant is to be placed. Then a hole is drilled and the implant carefully inserted into the bone. This is usually done under a local anaesthetic, but sometimes sedation or a general anaesthetic is required. The gum is then stitched over and the gum left to heal for several months.

A second procedure is then planned which requires a small cut in the gum above the implant. Once the soft tissues have healed, the replacement teeth or tooth may be fixed permanently or attached in a way that lets you remove them for cleaning. As previously mentioned the replacement teeth might be single or in a group and possibly as a bridge.

Dental Implants and Pain 

If you have any fears worries about pain associated with dental implants then discuss these with your specialist dentist, as they can easily be allayed. The results are worth a little discomfort. The procedure itself is not painful since it is performed with either general or local anaesthesia that will  numb your mouth completely. A small number of patients experience some discomfort after the surgery, though most people find it not nearly as painful as they expected it to be.

Care of your Dental Implants.

Following the placement of an implant it is important to keep the surrounding area clean. Use a 45 degree angle as the standard brushing technique. Use plastic coated inter-dental brushes for safe effective plaque removal. Tightly floss approximal surfaces and implants. Ensure all surfaces are clean. Adapt floss/tape for teeth and gums.

Contact us to learn more about dental implants.

Please call us on 01628 474044 or email us at [email protected] .