Having a missing tooth can have a big impact on how you feel, can make you feel embarrassed and most importantly, stops you from smiling.
Having a tooth replaced by a dental implant allows you to have the best possible smile available, it is long lasting, strong and is an excellent solution for replacing your natural teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are effectively artificial teeth made of titanium that are placed into your jaw. This holds onto a crown that looks just like your natural teeth, is strong and unlike dentures won't fall out.
They can be used to replace just a single gap, multiple teeth or an entire jaw, securely and comfortably.
They are placed with the skills of our surgeons in a completely painless surgery and one placed have a number of great benefits:
- They look and feel just like your natural teeth
- Do not damage neighbouring teeth unlike traditional crowns and bridges.
- They are very secure.
- They prevent bone loss around the lost tooth area.
- They can last for years!
Who Can Have Dental Implants?
Dental implants can usually be placed in most patients provided they have no serious medical problems.
Provided you have enough bone in your jaw, and you look after your oral health then you should have no problems in having them placed.
There are of course some health issues that can causes problems such as Diabetes and osteoporosis, but out dentists can talk you through these options.
And if for some reason you do not have enough bone we can place more through the process of a "bone graft" so there are plenty of options for you.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are essentially titanium screws that have been specially treated so that when 'screwed' into bone allows the bone to grow into them. This process, known as 'osseointegration', means that the implant becomes part of your body.
As a stable platform we can then add tooth components. These components can be in the form of dental crowns (single artificial teeth), dental bridges (multiple artificial teeth) and dentures (removable artificial teeth).
How are Dental Implants placed?
Implant surgery is not nearly as unpleasant as you might imagine.
A small cut is made in your gum under good local anaesthesia so there is no pain. A small hole is created and widened before the dental implant is gently screwed into position.
If carefully prepared and planned, the process takes about 60 minutes of total surgical time with minimal after surgery discomfort. The vast majority of our patients then go on about their day as normal, there is no pain and no recovery needed.
In fact most of our implant patients have said they prefer having an implant placed over a tooth out!
Why Have Dental Implants Placed With Us?
Our Implant Surgeon Mark has over 15 years of experience in placing dental implants so you can trust us when we say you are in the right hands.
This allows him to utilise advanced techniques and carry out more complicated surgeries with a high rate of success that other less experienced surgeons. He is also able to perform advanced surgeries above and beyond that of many surgeons, including bone grafting and sinus lifts.
This allows us to help a wider range of patients, many of which would not otherwise be suitable for dental implants due to lack of bone or other complicated surgical requirements.
We also have an excellent success rate on all of our implants, around 98% of all cases over the last 15 Years
We also pride ourselves on having no hidden costs.
On consultation, Mark (Our Expert Surgeon) will carefully explain all options available, the advantages and disadvantages of any procedure and of course cost.
This will always be in writing so that there are no hidden costs and allows you not only to fully understand your planned treatment but also to create dialogue and trust before we start.
It is our belief that the patient forms part of the treatment team and are part of the planning process. This way everyone is fully involved and the very best results obtained.
What Dental Implants Do We Use?
Mark has developed his techniques over the years allowing him to choose which system is best for each particular case: type of bone, front or rear of mouth, are there grafts? - they all require different considerations.
As such we are able to always pick the best implant for the job.
He has worked with many of the major implant companies from all over the world and understands the workings of most systems.
This gives him a unique perspective when it comes to helping patients new to Pembrokeshire that already have implants of one type and either wish another or require treatment from a surgeon specifically knowing about their implant system.
What If I Already Have Dental Implants?
Most patients who already have dental implants will tell you that is the best thing they have ever had. As a result, if further teeth are lost they often return for more.
We have a policy of trying to continue to use the same type of implants as previously placed if they are functioning well. This is because at some point in life treatment plans may change and it is far easier to treat in a more complex manner if the components all come from one manufacturer.
We are happy to oversee any new or previous implant treatments regardless of whether a patient has another dental surgeon or not. We are happy to work and communicate with all dentists interested in the care of their patients who have had implants placed or who require further implants placed.
You do not need to change dentists. Most dental surgeons do not place dental implants and may choose to refer their patients to us for this particular treatment.
What If I Have Dentures?
Conventional dentures (either full or part) can work well if made with care and skill.
Of course there are exceptions - when a patient simply cannot tolerate the limitations of dentures or the mouth is so poorly shaped that dentures are difficult to use.
In these cases we can either remove the need for dentures altogether by creating a large fixed structure on top of many implants or we can 'lock' down either a new or existing denture on top of specially modified implants.
Dental Implants are not cheap. The material costs are high and there is considerable expertise, overhead and time required to place them.
At Narberth & Herbrandston we pride ourselves on our ability to keep overheads down. As a result we charge £1900 per fully restored dental implant including surgery, the abutment, temporary crowns, final crowns and follow up appointments.
We also make use of 3D scans - an unusual, expensive technique that allows the very best planning and clinical success.
Our Herbrandston practice houses this advanced machine - one of only a few in West Wales. So not only do we feel we are cheaper than most other practices but we have the experience, the technical know how, a high success rate and advanced equipment to ensure our patients have the best possible outcome for their implant treatments.
We think our work, of whatever implant type or manufacturer, represents excellent value for money: yet all this is carried out by one of the pre-eminent implant surgeons working within the UK today.
What To Do Now?
If you are considering having dental implants, why not give us a call on 01646 690580 to arrange a no commitment examination and treatment discussion with Dr Boulcott. Alternatively, ask your dentist to refer you to us.
Being highly experienced in the field, Dr Boulcott receives referrals from other dental surgeons throughout Pembrokeshire, Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire including dealing with implant cases placed by other surgeons both here and abroad that have associated problems.