If you’re looking for beautiful dental implants from the most talented professionals in Liverpool then Smileworks is the practice for you.
Having a good laugh, eating a delicious meal with friends or receiving a nice compliment – all these things make us feel good. Unfortunately, lots of people don’t feel they can live life to the full because of their missing teeth. If this sounds like you then your answer may be implant dentistry. As good as your natural teeth, Implants are fitted into your bone and have a beautiful, life-like appearance and a natural, long-lasting result. There are alternative ways to fix gaps and missing teeth such as bridges. To learn more about getting a dental bridge follow the link.
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"Special thanks as well to Dr Yanis for replacing my front dead tooth with a brand new implant. I have regained my confidence to smile just on time for the Christmas and New Years."NIGEL CHATWIN
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"You cannot ask for a better bunch of people to take care of your teeth!"A.O.
"I was really impressed by my treatment MJ and team was wonderful. I highly recommend Smileworks"SUSAN
"I have received a personalized service catered to my needs that does not cost the earth - highly recommended. MJ and Ed are both lovely and do their upmost to ensure the service you receive is seamless and friendly."JANET
Dental implants are not cheap. They’re also not available on the NHS here in Liverpool so you can’t get them for free. They are the most natural, long lasting and healthy method of replacing a tooth and like all good things, this doesn’t come cheap. If you’d like details of precisely where your money goes when you buy dental implants then you can check out our download below where you cqn get itemised costs of each part of the process and gain a deeper understanding of the real cost of implants here in the North West, UK and abroad. For itemised implant costs, read on.
The cost of implants is spread out in different areas. There’s the cost of the actual titanium implant. This is made of a special material so that it can integrate with your bone and integrate firmly in your jaw. This process is called ‘osseointegration’ and you can read more about that here. The implants are etched with lasers and chemicals to make their surface great for nesting the cells that make bone. This provides you with a strong and stable implant that will last you a lifetime.
Then there’s the cost of the actual replacement tooth that goes onto the implant. This is called the crown and has to be made by our master ceramist in his (ours is a guy) laboratory. The crown is painstakingly fashioned from hard and durable materials. As well as being durable, the crown has to be lifelike and the ceramist paints on layers of translucent material to create the perfect look. This process is not cheap and the cost of the crown and implant make up about half of your implant cost.
The rest goes on paying your implantologist and running Smileworks. Smileworks Implant dentists have gone to university for 10 years a piece and spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on their education in order to create beautiful implant dentistry and keep you safe. Smileworks is brimming with technology. You’ll need special panoramic x-rays, precise diagnostic procedures and the process will involve microsurgical tools and techniques. This is expensive stuff and if you’re still worried about whether we’re spending your money wisely then implants probably aren’t for you.
Here's the itemised cost of implants in 2017
Single tooth implants cost the most at about £1,800-£2,500 an implant This is because if you just want one implant then all the overheads, preparation, xrays and everything involved in placing it is used on only one implant. If you need bone grafting or a sinus lift then this will make the procedure closer to the top end of this estimate. Once you start having multiple implants then the cost is spread out and they work out slightly cheaper. You’ll get an itemised treatment plan from Smileworks and the cost of everything is on there so there’ll be no surprises.
All on four, smile in a day and multiple implant cases can cost anywhere from £8,000 to £50,000. We usually tell patients that big implant cases cost the same amount as a car. Then patients always ask ‘what sort of car’ and then they understand how it works. You can get a great little job done for a few thousand or you can go for the Rolls Royce option for £50,000. It’s totally up to you.
For more detailed information about the costs of dental implants take a look at our article below:
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that creates more healthy bone in patients whose bone levels have diminished. If you’ve had a gap for some time the bone will have receded. This is because healthy bone needs to be stressed and strained by external forces to remain strong. When the root of a tooth is removed, bone will start to shrink away and you will need a sinus lift.
The procedure involves slightly lifting the sinus membrane and inserting synthetic material that causes bone levels to return to normal. Following the healing procedure you will be able to have an implant placed as normal. Sinus lifts are a complicated thing for a non dentist to understand so here’s a helpful video explaining this procedure.
A bone graft is similar to a sinus lift in that synthetic bone material is squirted into areas of thin or non existing bone. Sinus lifts are only available on the back teeth and on the uppers. If you have little or no bone on the bottom teeth or at the front then a bone graft is the appropriate procedure.
This is where the hole is made as normal for the implant screw and which is placed in the area of insufficient bone depth or density. Then bone substitute material (such as Bio-Oss® is placed around the implant and the whole thing is sutured up and left to heal. In 3-6 months the area will be healed and the rest of the implant procedure will take place as normal.
The healing time will be dependent on factors such as your underlying health, whether you smoke and how the procedure goes on the day. Bone substitute is sometimes made from animal collagen and if you’re a Vegetarian or Vegan we will make arrangements to use non-collagen substitute.
Here’s a helpful video explaining the procedure.
Follow this link to our main page all about the remarkable ‘All on Four‘ Procedure.
For patients who have lost all their teeth, dentures can be used to replace them. Often, as the bone shrinks, dentures may become ill fitting and not grip to the mouth as well. In these cases implants can be placed underneath the dentures and secure them into place with press-studs or magnets.
This is sometimes called Same day smile and is a hugely popular implant treatment here in Liverpool. All on four can hold your denture extremely firm so that you can enjoy eating and chewing as normal with your dentures without the worry of them moving around, falling out or causing you pain.
Replacing the entire set of teeth with an implant-retained denture can be a cost-effective way of getting your smile back and they can last for a very long time. You do not need one ‘single implant’ per tooth lost and often dentures can be fixed with as little as two implants per denture on the lower, and as little as three or four on the top. We have completed many implant retained dentures and can help you find the most cost effective and suitable option for you.
A great deal of our beautiful Smileworks patients ask us; “so I want to replace this tooth, bridge vs implant, which is better?” The answer might often be different for two different patients and we cannot stress the importance of getting a consultation so your dentist can go through all the options with you in and make you a personalised treatment plan. But it’s really important for you to be aware of the main differences between getting a bridge or implant and what these differences mean for you in the immediate and longer term.
Click here for our main article on implants Liverpool. Or to read about the different cost considerations of Implants vs bridges see our article on the cost of dental implants here. Alternatively if you are looking to get a dental bridge from Smileworks then click the link to see our page on dental bridges in Liverpool.
implants are titanium screws that are placed into the jaw using precision surgical techniques. They are made of specially treated material that binds to the natural bone and sets solid in the jaw – just like a real tooth! Following the healing process you’ll return to our practice and see your implantologist for the restoration. ‘Restoring’ an implant basically means attaching the crown or replacement tooth to the implant that is now firmly in your jaw and part of your body. We spend a great deal of time making sure the crown is beautiful. It needs to not only be perfect but precisely the way you want it. You’ll expect an aesthetically supreme restoration from your Smileworks dentist that will be lifelike and natural-looking.
An implant is directly attached to your jaw and doesn’t require attaching to the teeth either side of the tooth you lost. This is different from a bridge that is attached to the teeth either side of the gap. Many dentists will simply say that the answer to the dental bridge vs dental implant question is always ‘Implants!’ – however, it’s not always that simple as you will learn below.
Bridges are three teeth fused to each-other. There is the tooth that replaces the missing tooth (thats in the middle) and two either side. The two teeth either side of the gap must be ‘prepped’. This means that they are drilled down to a square peg that the replacement teeth fit snugly over. So a bridge is literally a ‘bridge between two teeth’ that holds the new tooth in place.
Both bridges and implants are for people who’ve lost teeth. Often the decision which to have is dictated by your particular situation. For example, patients who’ve had a gap for a while might not be suitable for implants. This is because when you have a gap the two teeth either side start to tip into it over time. This happens gradually but can mean the space to put the implant in becomes smaller and smaller until it simply won’t fit. Another problem with leaving a gap is that the jawbone where the gap is will start to recede. Do you know how astronauts who’ve been in space for too long start to lose bone density? Well they do and you can read all about it here. When there is not enough bone to place an implant, patients might need either a bone graft or sinus lift to improve the density and level of the bone in your jaw. You can read about bone grafts and sinus lifts on our main implant page.
The reason is that in microgravity there is no stress on the bone and these natural forces are what keeps bone strong. So when you’re missing a tooth there is no force on that part of the bone when you chew your food. This can cause the bone to shrink away and also cause:
This can be problematic once we want to place an implant because there might not be enough bone left to do the procedure. One option is to get a bone graft. This is where some bone is taken from another part of your mouth and grafted to the implant site. Take a look here for more information on bone grafting procedures and how tooth loss affects you – take a look at the Straumann website here.
So it might be the case that an implant is not available to you. Your dentist will tell you if this is the case and suggest a bridge as your option. However, if you get a bridge and then want an implant, bridges also cause the same bone loss as implants. This means you need to get along for a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible to evaluate your options.
Both implants and Bridges have their own particular risks and benefits. Here they are in some more detail.
Implants involve a precise surgical procedure that carry with it risks. The lower jaw has blood vessels and nerves that can be compromised by implant surgery. This happens very rarely indeed and there are only a few cases reported. Furthermore, at Smileworks we have a special 3D x-ray machine. It can make 3D models of your face so that we can be sure to avoid any complications of surgery. There is always the risk that the implant will be rejected and this is especially the case with people who have underlying health problems. It’s very important to discuss your health with your implantologist and we will do a very comprehensive health evaluation with you prior to your surgery. This will undoubtedly play a role in the dental bridge vs dental implant decision.
Implants are not indestructable and they can be damaged by wear and gum disease just like natural teeth. Gum disease of an Implant is called peri-implantitis and manifests much the same way as periodontal disease. If you would like to learn more about periodontal disease and gum disease then take a look at our main periodontal disease page here.
The risks of dental bridges are very different to implants. The risks for implants are extremely unlikely to happen. Whereas a bridge failing is more common. To secure the bridge, you will need the teeth either side of the gap to be ground into a particular shape to hold the bridge in place. Touching any tooth with the dentists drill makes it more likely to fail in the long term. Because two teeth are required for the bridge to be secure the combined chances of each of them failing is higher. Also a bridge does not put any force on the jaw like an implant does and you will get the same bone loss as with just leaving a gap. All these things need to be taken into account when speaking to your dentist about treatment.
Cost can certainly play a part in the dental bridge vs dental implant decision. Dental bridges are less expensive than implants. This is for a number of reasons and we’ve covered them here in our blog post answering the question: much do implants cost? here. Dental implants are a surgical procedure and use highly specialised tools and materials. The cost of the implant alone is high and you should expect to pay a few thousand pounds for an implant. Bridges are less expensive and patients can get a bridge for under £1,000 and even less in many cases. All of our prices are available on the Smileworks website for you to take a look at. We are up front and honest about our pricing here. We are certainly not the cheapest but if you really care about your dental health and want a beautiful, long lasting restoration then this could be the practice for you.
All of our prices are available on the Smileworks website for you to take a look at. We are up front and honest about our pricing here. We are certainly not the cheapest but if you really care about your dental health and want a beautiful, long lasting restoration then this could be the practice for you.
Please call the office if you’d like to discuss the dental bridge vs dental implant question in more detail. We have highly trained treatment coordinators and front of house on call to answer all your questions.
When patients ask, “Are dental implants safe?” we tell them that implant dentistry is complicated surgery. Dentists carrying out this procedure will need to be highly qualified and talented. This is both keep you safe and ensure an aesthetically beautiful result. We have a main article about implant safety here.
There are a number of things that can go wrong with implants and these will be discussed briefly here:
Many of the above issues can be minimised if patients just take care to research their dentists and don’t do anything silly like try to get treatment abroad or try to get the cheapest implants possible. You can read our main article about Implant safety here
If you’re nervous about coming to the dentist – like really nervous – or you are having a complex or long treatment then Smileworks offer sedation to help your appointment go smoothly.
Sedation isn’t just for people with dental phobia and many patients undergoing implant treatment will opt to be sedated to help improve their experience. There are a few types of sedation ranging from treatment with pills the night before and on the day of your treatment to relax you, right up to intravenous sedation which means you’ll hardly even remember your appointment and will be only half awake during the procedure.
The drugs used to sedate patients are safe and used on millions of patients a year in many practices here in the UK and the world over. Our nurses and dentists are highly qualified and accredited to offer sedation and your experience will be a good one whether you’re a nervous patient or just want to be relaxed during a longer treatment. Anyone from 18 to 65 can be sedated and the main reasons people choose this treatment option are:
Read the sedation FAQ below to see how this marvellous addition to your dental treatment can help you have a happy appointment at Smileworks.