Dental Implants In Pembrokeshire, Placed By Experts
Having a missing tooth can have a big impact on how you feel, can make you feel embarrassed and critically, stops you from smiling.
Having a tooth replaced with dental implants allows you to have the best possible smile available. Dental implants are long lasting, strong and are an excellent solution for replacing your natural teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are precision made titanium screws that are placed into your jaw. This acts as an artificial tooth root that holds onto a crown, bridge or denture.
A single dental implant can support one, or several, missing teeth. This means that you don’t need to have one implant to replace every tooth you are missing. This is all without damaging or interfering with any other teeth within your mouth.
Implants can also allow you to have dentures supported by them, giving you a full set of teeth without having a complete set of dental implants.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
- Implants look and feel just like your natural teeth
- Do not damage neighbouring teeth, unlike traditional crowns and bridges.
- Dental implants are very secure within the mouth
- They prevent bone loss around the lost tooth area.
- They are long lasting - With proper care, dental implants can last up to 25+ 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 cause problems such as:
- You are a smoker
- You have suffered from osteoporosis
- Have diabetes
- Have or currently have periodontal disease
Of course, every case is different so our dentists will be able to give you advice specific to you in regards to dental implant suitability.
Similarly, if you do not have enough bone initially, we are able to carry out advanced surgical procedures including bone grafts and sinus lifts that create space for implants.
How Does The Dental Implant Process Work?
Dental implants are essentially titanium screws that have been specially treated so that when placed into the jaw allows the bone to grow into them.
This process, known as 'osseointegration', means that the implant becomes part of your body.
The dental implant provides a stable platform in the mouth we can then add tooth components to, in order to restore your missing teeth. These components can be in the form of dental crowns (single artificial teeth), dental bridges (multiple artificial teeth) and dentures (removable artificial teeth).
The whole dental implant process normally takes between 6-9 months from start to finish, and involves a number of surgeries carried out by our expert surgeons.
In this time you will never be left with any gaps or obvious posts visible. We want to have you smiling as soon as possible.
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!
All surgery is carried out by our expert surgeons, who will also carry out any aftercare and follow up treatment.
Why Have Dental Implants Placed With Us?
Our Implant Surgeon Mark has over 15 years of experience in placing dental implants so you cantrust 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
A Complete Treatment Plan, Personalised To You
We pride ourselves on having no hidden costs.
On consultation, our dentists will carefully explain all the options available, including a complete cost.
This will always be in writing so that there are no hidden costs and allows you to fully understand your planned treatment 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 implant system is best for each particular case. This means that you will always have a custom treatment plan created for your situation.
As such we are able to always pick the best dental implant for the job.
He has also worked with many of the major dental 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.
Many of our dentists have additional qualifications above that of a general practitioner allowing a wide range of advanced treatments. Things like Dental Implants, Orthodontics, and advanced Restorative Dentistry are all carried out within the practice.
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.
Content Written and Approved by Dr Mark Boulcott