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At Notley Dental Care we are aware that the more training and experience that the clinician carrying out your dental implant treatment has, the quicker and more comfortable you are going to be.
Our in house oral surgeon is Dr Carl Manhem, a leading implant surgeon. Carl has been placing implants for many years and is also a Clinical lecturer at Eastman Dental Institute.
Your teeth are an important part of your overall health and wellbeing. If you’re one of the thousands of adults suffering from missing teeth, loose teeth or uncomfortable dentures we can help you move on from a situation which is uncomfortable or distressing and give you back a smile to be proud of.
For most people dental implants offer the best long-term solution to replacing missing or loose teeth. Designed to behave just like a natural tooth, the titanium root of your implant fuses with the bone in your jaw – making the implant as firm as your own teeth. Finished with a beautiful, natural looking dental crown your implant will look and feel so natural that no one need ever know you’ve lost a tooth.
Our Dental Implant treatments are available to patients in Guildford and Godalming areas and across Surrey.
Our patients often have many questions to ask about dental implants and what is entailed in the treatment. Please find below the answers to the most common questions asked.
If you would like to know more, then please call the practice to arrange a no obligation consultation.
What is a Dental Implant?
What stages are involved?
Why should I have Dental Implants?
Can anyone have Dental Implants?
Am I too old for Dental Implants?
What is 'All On Four' or 'Fixed Teeth in a Day'?
Is the treatment painful?
Can I have sedation, pain-free dentistry?
What costs are involved in implant treatment?
How long will implants last?
What is bone grafting?
What is a sinus lift?
“The work that Dr Goncalves and Dr Manhem have done has resulted in me being more confident, smiling much more and feeling completely different about my past experiences. When I look at photos of myself before the treatment compared with now, it is almost like looking at two different people. ”
Dental Implants are titanium root shaped posts that are placed in the bone under your gums. After a healing phase the implant is fitted with a natural porcelain crown, providing you with a restoration that is like your tooth. The implant can also be used to construct bridges and secure dentures when more than one tooth is missing.TOP OF PAGE
Initial consultation and treatment plan
The team will carry out a through assessment to determine your options such as 'Fixed Teeth In Day'’. During this appointment we may take colour photographs and digital x-rays, both of which we use to create a detailed picture of your current dental situation.
Implant placement A titanium root post is placed under the gum as a very strong replacement for your natural tooth root.
We allow a healing period of four-six months after which your porcelain crown is carefully crafted to look like a healthy natural tooth.
Because the implants fuse to the jawbone and offer a secure base for the replacement teeth, some patients find this a comfortable option in restoring their smile. In many cases, implant-retained teeth look and feel more like natural teeth.TOP OF PAGE
Healthy gums and jawbone are essential to support dental implants. Implants, like teeth, are susceptible to disease. Implants are therefore cleaned and taken care of in much the same way as natural teeth. Patients who want to have implants are encouraged to commit to an oral hygiene routine, including flossing, brushing and regular dental visits to help protect the supporting tissues.
As dental implant placement is a surgical procedure, it is preferable that patients have good overall general health. Even patients who have lost significant bone volume of the jaws can have dental implants, by using bone grafting or ‘All On Four’ techniques, which can be a routine surgical procedure, but does increase the treatment time period.
Age itself is not a limiting factor when it comes to the possibility of dental implant placement; one of the most common uses of dental implants is to stabilise a denture in patients and studies have shown that dental implant success rates are constant regardless of a patient’s age, sex or the type of toothless area being restored. Furthermore, dental implant results taken from the elderly are similar to results from younger groups .
For patients that has been with out teeth having new fixed implant retained teeth gives an improved quality of life and comfort.TOP OF PAGE
'Fixed teeth in a day' is the easiest, quickest and most practical way to receive a full arch of natural looking, non-removable replacement teeth. They allow you to eat easily and they fit securely. They are secured with four - six implants, which are carefully and safely positioned in your lower or upper jaw.TOP OF PAGE
It is one of the most common concerns for people thinking about having an implant. When carried out by an experienced clinician, most dental implants are very straightforward to place, taking only about 10-15 minutes to complete the surgical part of the treatment, (though clearly more complex cases may take longer).
The majority of implants are placed under a normal dental local anesthetic. Though the local anesthetic injections can sting a little (most of us have experienced dental injections in our mouth at some time), once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful at all throughout your treatment.
There may be slight discomfort felt after surgery which is mainly due to swelling. Most of our patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures.
For bigger procedures such as multiple implants or cases that require large bone grafts, sedation can be provided. Sedation is not a general anesthetic, but makes patients feel very comfortable and relaxed and they rarely remember much about the procedure afterwards.
If you are undergoing more intense or lengthy treatments, we can offer intravenous sedation. This leaves you comfortable and unaware of your treatment, but you remain conscious and breathe on your own. You will need an adult to accompany you home and should plan ahead as you will not be able to drive for 24 hours after your treatment.
Intravenous sedation costs £300 for 60 minutes of sedation.We have a dedicated sedation team, Sedation Solutions, that we have worked with for many years and together we provide pain-free procedures.
The cost may vary, depending on the degree and extent of treatment needed. All stages of the treatment and the full cost is explained accordingly and subsequently confirmed in a written treatment plan. Rest assured we will only ever prescribe treatment that is necessary.TOP OF PAGE
If well cared for and maintained with reviews to monitor an implant should last for many years. Implant treatment is probably the most successful dental treatment option today where natural teeth have failed.
It is possible to chip a crown or bridge on implants in the same way that it is possible to chip a tooth and we recommend annual reviews with x-rays to check the bone levels around the implants in addition to your regular check-ups with your dentist.
In many cases where Dental Implants are desired the bone volume has decreased mainly due to gum disease, infection of the jaws and/or previous tooth loss. The lost bone volume must in many cases be replaced in conjunction with Dental Implants or in a separate session.TOP OF PAGE
Once the bone is in place you will need to wait for four to nine months for it to heal before an implant can be placed. We will monitor your healing throughout this time and advise you when we are happy to arrange your implant surgery.
Your dentist would give you written advice and instructions on how to look after your mouth when a graft is carried out and you would be provided with all the medication necessary to make the procedure safe and your recovery smooth.
Most sinus lifts are carried out under a normal dental anesthetic though some patients prefer to be sedated for the procedure to make it even more comfortable.TOP OF PAGE