About Implants

An introduction to dental implants

A full set of healthy natural teeth gives the best results in terms of eating, chewing and smiling. If natural teeth need to be removed, dental implants offer the closest substitute for natural teeth, and allow you to eat naturally and smile confidently again.
Implants are becoming increasingly popular as a great long-term option to restore smiles.


Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants often have many advantages over alternative options:

Dental implants:

  • Are fixed in place to restore your teeth, restoring your smile and chewing ability
  • Help to preserve your natural teeth; adjacent healthy teeth do not need to be shaved down as with bridges
  • Last longer than any alternative type of replacement tooth
  • Prevent the jawbone shrinking away following tooth removal, unlike any other type of replacement tooth
  • Are completely self-supporting and do not transmit strain to adjacent natural teeth
  • Prevent natural teeth from tipping towards the gap. This helps to keep teeth well aligned and easier to clean.
  • Make plaque removal easier by eliminating gaps. Removable dentures in particular cause significant plaque accumulation.

I decided to opt for the implants and the quality of care and hygiene was exceptional: 18 months down the line I cannot fault the quality of the implants …. I wheadould recommend anyone thinking of implant work to consider Market Place Dentistry.

R.P from Thirsk

What is a dental implant?implant tooth comparison

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root made of titanium. The implant fuses into the jawbone to provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth.


Who can have dental implants?

Most adults would be suitable provided your remaining teeth and gums are in satisfactory condition (if not, we can put this right beforehand).
Very few medical conditions can make the treatment unsuitable, but this is something we would assess at your consultation.


How long do dental implants last?

Implants are the longest-lasting type of replacement tooth, with 90% success at 10 years. Many will last considerably longer than this if well maintained, making implants a great long-term option.

By comparison, tooth-supported bridges would usually achieve around 50% success at 10 years


Does the treatment hurt?

Dental implant treatment is completed under local anaesthetic, in the same way as other dental treatments. This means that you will usually be fully conscious and aware of what is going on, but the treatment is usually pain-free.

As you might expect with a minor surgical treatment, the area will be sore afterwards and you may experience some mild swelling or bruising. However, discomfort is usually easily managed with normal painkillers and the majority of our patients find that the area feels quite comfortable after just a few days.


Who carries out my treatment?

Andy Berwick

Andy Berwick is the implant dentist at Market Place Dentistry. Andy has been working in this field since 2012 and has a keen interest in placing and restoring dental implants.

Together, Andy and the team at Market Place Dentistry can usually provide all your dental implant treatment from start to finish and aftercare, though for some complex procedures we may enlist the help of a specialist oral surgeon.

If you have been referred to Market Place Dentistry, your own dentist may wish to fit the teeth to the implants themselves.


How much do dental implants cost?

A dental implant to restore a single tooth starts at £2044. However, as every case is different we are only able to provide an accurate estimate once a thorough assessment has been completed. You will receive a written estimate before your treatment starts.

Implants usually have a higher upfront cost than alternative treatments (e.g. bridge or denture) but will almost always last significantly longer with a lower risk of complications. Because of this, implants are often less expensive than other treatments over the medium to long-term, and make an excellent investment for your dental health and quality of life.


What if I don’t have enough bone for dental implants?

A successful implant needs enough bone to support it.

As part of your assessment, we will check how much bone is available for implants.

If there is not enough, we can usually add extra in the form of human-derived bone chips. This product has been specially prepared to remove everything except the microscopic bone scaffold.

We add extra bone in a minor surgical procedure (see stage 2 below), stitch your gum over the top, and leave the bone for 4-6 months to mature. After this, we fit the implant into the bone that has formed.


Looking after your dental implants

Dental implants need to be well maintained in order to remain healthy. This includes:

Cleaning around your implants effectively at home
Visiting the dental hygienist regularly
Visiting your dentist regularly to review the health of your implants

Download our ‘Looking after your dental implants’ guide for more details


The Options

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Single tooth:

A single missing tooth can usually be replaced with a single dental implant to restore your smile

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Several teeth:

Multiple implants can be used to support several missing teeth. This is particularly useful for larger gaps

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All teeth – removable:

2 to 4 implants can be used with simple attachments to hold a removable denture secure.

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All teeth – fixed:

5 or more implants can support a full arch of teeth, which are fixed in place.

 


The Process

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1. Planning

Initially, we assess, plan and prepare. This may involve checking the teeth and gums, and taking X-rays and impressions of the teeth. We would discuss any suitable options with you before deciding the best way to proceed.

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2. Bone Addition (if required)

This may be needed to add extra bone. It is a minor surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. It involves having a cut in the gum before extra bone is added, and takes around 90 minutes. The gum is then stitched over the new bone to heal.

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3. Implant Placement

This is a minor surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic and takes around 1-3 hours (depending on complexity). It involves having a cut in the gum, before the implant is placed in a prepared hole. The gum is stitched around the implant to heal.

Temporary false tooth:

Between stages 2 and 4, the missing tooth can be replaced with a temporary removable false tooth until the implant has fully healed.

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4. Tooth fitting

This involves 2 or more appointments where we take impressions of your implants, have the replacement teeth custom made, and then fit the teeth in place. This is usually straightforward and anaesthetic is rarely required.

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5. Maintenance

After your teeth are fitted, we will show you how best to care for your new teeth at home. We will also arrange for regular review appointments, and for dental hygiene appointments to achieve the best possible long-term outcome.

 


The Timeline

Timeline in Months


Bone addition required   Bone addition not required
Planning 0 Planning
Bone addition 1 Implant placement
Temporary removable false tooth 2 Temporary removable false tooth
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Implant placement 5 Tooth fitting
Temporary removable false tooth 6 Maintenance
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Tooth fitting 9  
Maintenance 10  

 



Robert

Robert lost his two front teeth due to failed crowns. His two missing front teeth have been replaced using a metal-free ‘Lava’ bridge supported on two dental implants.

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Susan

Susan’s had a baby tooth for her upper canine for years as the adult tooth had to be removed before it came through. When the baby tooth finally came out, the tooth has been replaced with a dental implant.

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Stories and Testimonials

Read more testimonials

Penny

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I decided to go for dental implants after the crowns holding my bridge failed. I lost my front teeth at 13 and had dentures for a long time and didn’t want to go back to them. The treatment is not a quick fix and takes several months and visits but the professional and sympathetic way it was carried out by Andy and his team, particularly Lesley, made the whole process much easier. I suffered some discomfort but no more than an extraction. I am so happy with the result and would 100% recommend implants. To me the cost of the treatment is more than offset by the confidence I now feel in smiling, eating and talking. Thank you Andy and everyone at Market Place Dentistry.

Penny from Topcliffe


Philip

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Following a severe infection I had no choice but to have a front tooth extraction which also impacted adjoining teeth. The treatment options were an implant with bridge attached or a denture. I opted for the implant treatment where the process, costs and timetable were all well explained. After a fairly lengthy treatment plan including a bone graft the end result is a great success – a really important outcome with front teeth being so visible. I have been very impressed with Andy and the team and have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Philip from Easingwold


Alice

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After losing a front crown Andy explained to me very comprehensively the options I could take. I selected the Dental Implant option which has now been in place for some 8 months and I am delighted with the result.
Andy talked me through every step of the procedure making me feel wholly confident and at ease. Should my second front crown decide it has served it’s time I will have no hesitation in having a further Dental Implant. That is how confident I am in the teams professionalism.

Alice from Sowerby


The Alternatives

1. Leave as a gap

2. Conventional Bridge

2015-12-10-19-46-56This may be a suitable alternative where the adjacent teeth are crowned, or for replacing missing back teeth.
Fixed in place and supported by the adjacent teeth.
Requires the removal of healthy enamel from the supporting teeth.
Increases the risk of decay, abscesses and gum disease in the supporting teeth

3. Adhesive Bridge

2015-12-10-19-46-56This may be a suitable alternative to replace a front tooth, where the adjacent tooth is healthy.
Fixed in place and supported by an adjacent tooth.
Held by a strong adhesive, so minimal enamel is removed from the supporting tooth
Minimal increased risk of decay, abscess or gum disease.
A simple procedure
May come out and need to be re-fixed periodically

4. Chrome Denture

dentureThis may be suitable where there are several missing teeth
The denture is removable.
Chrome dentures are usually well tolerated, relatively comfortable and stay in place well.

5. Acrylic Denture

dentureThis may be suitable where there are several missing teeth
The denture is removable.
Acrylic dentures are often bulkier and more cumbersome than chrome dentures