Dental Implants Liverpool

 

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.  And many more think dental implants and tooth replacement here in the UK are not affordable options for them. 

 
 

This is just not true in 2019.  If you’re suffering with missing teeth then your answer may be Smileworks Implants.  As good as your natural teeth, titanium Implants are fitted into your bone and a new crown placed on top to create  a beautiful, life-like appearance and a natural, long-lasting result.  
 
 

Before After

 
 
There are alternative ways to fix gaps and missing teeth such as dental bridges and if the top structure of the tooth is damaged by decay but the root structure is intact then you may need a root canaldental crown or you may just need the tooth filled with a white filling.   To learn more about implant retained dentures follow the link to our main page here: All on 4  For the cost of treatment read on.  Alternatively Implantology often forms part of the procedure commonly known as a full smile makeover or smile design.  If you are looking for something more comprehensive then follow the link to our page about Smile Makeovers.  

 

 

 

Had an appointment with Patri for a painful wisdom tooth. I was terrified of the extraction but she was absolutely amazing. Fantastic job! Also, if you think Smileworks might be a bit pricey, think again. I ended up paying considerably less than what another dentist would have charged me. A super happy customer 🙂read more
Minodora Zidaru
Minodora Z.
22:05 22 Mar 19
Susan (dentist) and Eva did my composite bonding and Susan is excellent at her work! I am in love with my new smile and can't recommend her enough! The staff at Smileworks are so professional and friendly. Thank you!read more
Sophie Siu
Sophie S.
11:40 10 Mar 19
Went to Smileworks for lip fillers and had a wonderful experience! I had Susan doing my fillers and she is absolutely amazing at what she does.. She is so so lovely and easy to get on with and answered all my questions and worries before I even asked and made sure she discussed exactly the outcome I wanted. She made me feel completely safe and at ease which is what I was hoping for as it was my first time. I cant recommend Susan enough, she is an absolute gem and is truly amazing at what she does, I love my new lips! Also the girls at reception were lovely and very helpful, I even had a call from Davina the day after (who was really really lovely) to see how I was and if i had any questions. It is obvious that they care about their patients and the work that they do for them.read more
Maddie Dooley
Maddie D.
17:30 08 Mar 19
I had semi-permanent makeup (eyebrows) done by Hannah. What can I say? I LOVE them. They have changed my face and my confidence! Hannah is lovely and takes her time to talk you through everything. I felt at ease with her-she's friendly and approachable and doesn't make you feel silly for asking questions. She goes through the design process and makes sure you are 100% happy before continuing. She spent hours designing my brows with me until they were perfect. Seems nothing is too much trouble for her!! Would definitely recommend and I shall most definitely be back in the future! (Should also note everyone I have come into contact with at Smileworks has also been lovely!!) 😁😁read more
Ellie Roberts
Ellie R.
20:35 04 Mar 19
I had semi-permanent eyeliner with Hannah. it was a great experience I came back 3 times in all for all the top ups.(included in the price ) She made sure that I was 100 percent happy with the look and pain free. She took the time, and was extremely friendly and welcoming as well as totally professional .I will definitely come back as it fades It's amazing to not put eyeliner on and know you look good at 6.30 am at the gym!read more
J Lo
J L.
19:31 12 Feb 19
Visited here today staff were so warm and friendly! I had an aesthetic appointment with MJ she made me feel so relaxed and at ease. I would highly recommend Smileworks!read more
E Bailey
E B.
17:08 12 Feb 19
Great place with professional staff and nice atmosphere. My appointment was with Louise and Eva who were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They have explained everything clearly and made me feel relaxed. Would highly recommend.read more
Denise Colley
Denise C.
22:42 27 Jan 19
I had my lips done here in November and a quick check up in December... I was amazed at how professional it was and I love the aesthetic of the office too. MJ made me feel a home, as did the rest of the team, and I will definitely be returning when I need to!read more
Danielle Piper
Danielle P.
20:12 20 Jan 19
Been coming here for the past few months, teeth are so much better since coming here, teeth whitening under way and look boss. Thanks to Zoe for sorting my pegs out and for the laughs. See ya soon gorj xxxxxread more
James Selsby
James S.
09:39 16 Jan 19
Probably the best visit to the dentist's ever! I would recommend without ant second thought! Keep up the good work!!!
Σοφια Αλεξιαδου
Σοφια Α.
15:17 05 Jan 19
Refreshing new look of the "dentist". I found Smileworks quick with no hassle. They know what they're doing and not stuffy. Would definitely recommend.read more
Carolyn Wagstaff
Carolyn W.
20:07 27 Dec 18
I find myself recommending more people to these guys every day at work, I wouldn’t go anywhere else now! Amazing service delivered in a friendly and welcoming environment.read more
Jared & Co Barbers
Jared & Co B.
19:28 11 Dec 18
I absolutely love this place. Staff are amazing. And what can I say about the wonderful MJ....Try it yourself, I guarantee you wont disappointed.read more
pamela Bretland
pamela B.
18:46 11 Dec 18
First time for lip fillers, so obviously a little nervous on the outcome but I am over the moon. A natural yet full look could not recommend smileworks anymore. MJ is unreal at what she does and puts you at ease within a few seconds of the consultation whilst also giving all the right info and questions. Excited for another ml already!read more
Rosa Horsley
Rosa H.
12:13 26 Nov 18
Great experience. Very happy with my new smile. All the staff are faultless and so welcoming!!
Jessica Hudson
Jessica H.
16:13 14 Nov 18
Can't recommend smileworks enough amazing service! Really helpful over the phone and booking my first visit was so easy. Laurence and Georgie were so friendly and discussed the different options and treatment plan in detail. Nothing was too much trouble 🙂 Thanks guys!read more
Sam Abbott
Sam A.
16:06 07 Nov 18
I feel 5 star is not enough and those guys deserve an infinite number of stars and a unicorn on top of that! I have a severe phobia if it comes to my teeth, I'm a survivor of Polish public dentist care and let me tell you that's something straight from nightmares and torture chambers. As a results my teeth are not in a great way (those that did survive), to add to the "fun" I also have major orthodontic issues. I knew I needed help and it took me about a year and a half (this is not an exaggeration) to make my way to Smileworks. In the meantime I tried two other 5-star rated places and I wasn't convinced enough to stick around. The second I called Smileworks I had a warm fuzzy feeling in my belly that this place is the right place finally, It took a few months and multiple appointment before the right treatment plan could be created, since my case is complicated to say the least. I feel that there was a LOT of thoughts put into finding a solution, which made me feel at ease and gain enough trust to go ahead with the treatment. Every time I come to visit everyone is just brilliant. All the ladies and gents are nice and bubbly, which definitely helps to relax. Their approach is very gentle, a lot of attention is given to the patients and you just get the feeling that this guys really know what they do. I feel spoiled and I stopped fearing every dentist visit as I used to in the past. I know it sounds odd, but if anyone is able to make dentist appointments as pleasurable as possible, that's the people at Smileworks! As to address the money, things like that cost a lot, that's the unfortunate reality and there's no way to avoid that. For what I've been offered i think that's worth every penny. If it comes to the plane theme, I think it's amazing and I absolutely love it, especially because of all the little details. Finally a place with a sense of humor! I get how people scared of dentist AND flying can find it disturbing, but I think that's just an edge case.I will preach the genius of this place forever and share it with anyone who is eager to listen (or is not eager to listen at all but just haven't ran fast enough from me).read more
Joanna Skorupa
Joanna S.
10:24 26 Oct 18
Had my first appointment today with Paula and Jess. It was very nice, friendly and professional! I was talked through a plan for future treatments that I wanted and given a price estimate, so helpful! Appointment was also 2 days after I phoned them, so seen very quickly!read more
Laura Johnston
Laura J.
14:22 19 Oct 18
Had bad experiences with other dentists. Went to smileworks. I could not have been treated better. The staff are amazing and my dentist Susan is fantastic. She put me completely at ease. I've never said this before but I now enjoy going to see her and get work done on my teeth. Would highly recommend smileworksread more
Karen Wells
Karen W.
04:22 11 Oct 18
I went to smileworks last week for a new retainer. The service I received was great, from meeting the receptionists to when I was receiving treatment from Paula and the dental nurse. Everyone was very smiley, friendly and helpful. Paula especially took the time to explain whitening treatments to me (as I mentioned I would like whiter teeth on my patient details form) and also explained treatments such as composite bonding which could help me achieve the perfect smile I was looking for. The dental nurse helping was also very calming and patient. I would definitely recommend to others and would really like to compliment their great customer service. Thanks smileworks and all their lovely staff.read more
Victoria Thomas-Hui
Victoria T.
20:33 10 Oct 18
Went to smileworks to have my eyebrows done by Hannah! From the moment you walk in everyone is super friendly and Hannah greets you like an old friend! This was my second visit as it was a top up! My eyebrows are really not easy as they pretty much non existent and what was there was super wonky! Hannah was amazing! She was so patient and spent a ridiculously long time making sure I went home happy! Would 100% recommend to everyone!! Xread more
Bethany Sheldon
Bethany S.
16:31 06 Oct 18
I couldn’t recommend Smileworks more! All staff are so friendly and make you feel welcome. Hannah is absolutely amazing! An absolute perfectionist in semi-permanent makeup. Anyone who is considering having eyebrows/eyeliner/lips done should 100% have Hannah do them, you won’t regret it!read more
Abby Cowdell
Abby C.
16:26 17 Sep 18
Very pleased with the dermal fillers administered by MJ and the semi permanent makeup from Hannah. Both took the time and effort to ensure I received the best options for treatment. In addition, the reception staff were very polite and welcoming which added to my positive experience. Would definitely recommend.read more
Rose
Rose
21:59 10 Sep 18
I unfortunately lost a tooth a few years ago due to a nasty abscess that too many root canal treatments could not cure. I decided at the beginning of the year that it was time to fix my smile and went for a consultation for a dental implant. I visited a couple of dental practices and decided on smileworks due to the friendliness of staff and their ability to answer all of my questions and put my mind at ease. Plus an added benefit was that they offered credit to help finance the treatment. I could not be more happy with my decision and my results. I have a perfect smile once more and dealing with the team was an absolute pleasure! I cannot recommend their services highly enough.read more
Grainne Mulholland
Grainne M.
12:34 05 Sep 18
One of the best dental practice I have ever seen. Thank you all for your helping me during my emergency visit. للأخوة العرب المقيمين أو الزائرين إلى ليفربول، هذه العيادة من أفضل عيادات الأسنان التي رأيتها في حياتي بدء من الاستقبال وحتى الطبيب المعالج. اذا احتجت الى زيارة طبيب الاسنان اجعل هذي العيادة خيارك الأول!read more
Ali Alsolme
Ali A.
14:19 01 Sep 18

 

WHAT ARE IMPLANTS?

The Implant products we use are made from high-grade materials, as we source them from reputed manufacturers renowned for outstanding primary stability and integration success rates. Our clinicians also provide patients with predictable long-term results, and do not compromise on the quality of the materials used.

 

Having good oral health, in general, makes you a good candidate for dental implants. Beyond that, jawbone thickness and sinusal anatomy are other important factors to consider when planning to get dental implants in Liverpool. Let our clinicians here at Smileworks determine if you are a good candidate for this revolutionary dental treatment.

 

structural anatomy of a straumann implant

AM I SUITABLE?

It is not advised to leave a gap if a tooth has failed.  Teeth are lost for all sorts of reasons including trauma (getting knocked out) decay, gum disease, caries (tooth decay) or any other reason that means your dentist would have to extract a tooth.  Sometimes a damaged or infected tooth can be saved and we will always discuss the option of root canal treatment with you where appropriate.  Here’s some information on why you shouldn’t leave a gap if this has happened to you.

 

 

REMARKABLE TECHNOLOGY

 

Straumann are the pioneers in implant dentistry and their Swiss heritage can be found influencing some of the most significant  technological advances in dental implant technology over the last 30 years. Straumann have a reputation in Implantology that is similar to Rolex or Mercedes and their implants are made from the purest Titanium, etched with chemicals and lasers to enhance their ability to ‘osseointegrate’ or integrate with the bone. The type of Implant that you choose will be related to your specific clinical need and also guided by your friendly smileworks clinician.

 

 

ICX is one of the fastest growing dental implant systems in the world and is the biggest selling implant brand in Germany, known for its sophisticated dental market.  Developed by extremely clever scientists, the aim of this system is to simplify implants and give people with gaps or missing teeth in Liverpool an affordable option, whilst still retaining the precision and quality that we require. An all-round excellent product, ICX is a durable performance implant and can be used in many situations. Your clinician will guide you about whether ICX is suitable for you at your implant consultation.

 

dental implants liverpool

 

IMPLANT RETAINED CROWNS AND BRIDGES

 

Implants can replace one or several teeth. An implant crown can be placed where a single tooth is missing in order to restore this tooth in the mouth. In this case, the crown is placed on an abutment, which acts as the connection between the implant and the crown. Single tooth implant crowns can look just like normal teeth if the necessary skill is used to prepare the tissues, including the gum. Luckily, you are in safe hands with our implantologist, Dr Pinar Akman pHD, Dr Anca Antoniu  and Dr Yannis Ziounas who has published work on how to do just that.

 

Implant retained dental bridges can be used when there are two or more teeth missing next to each other. The number of implants needed is actually less than the number of missing teeth in this case. You will be able to bite, chew and speak as normal.  With good care, implant retained crowns and bridges can last a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Your Implant dentists and specialists

 

Dental Implant Cost in 2019

 

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 can see every part of the process itemised and gain a deeper understanding of the real cost of dental implants here in the North West, UK and abroad.  Download the PDF by clicking the link Below.

 

Dental Implant Costs in 2019 expert report

 

The cost of implants is spread out in different areas.  There’s the actual titanium implant.  This is made of a special material that can integrate with your bone and sit 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 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 of the crown and implant make up about half of your implant fee.

 

 

The rest goes on paying your implantologist and running our beautiful implant clinic.  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 CBCT scans and  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.

 

Take a look at our patient finance calculator here and see whether this treatment is affordable for you.

 

 

If dental implants are a little too pricey for you then why not take a look at some of our marvellous denture treatments by following the link here: Dentures Liverpool.

Here's the itemised implant prices for 2019

  • Single Tooth Implant | £1,800-2,500 (depending on sinus lift, soft tissue and bone grafts)
  • Multiple Implants | from £1,800 each (More implants will mean that there will be a saving in work and materials)
  • CBCT Scan | £500 (This will be taken into account in your treatment plan)
  • Full Mouth Implant cost | £15,000-25,000 (Prices will be extremely variable and depend upon a number of factors)

 
 


Here at Smileworks we offer patient finance options and it’s pretty rare these days that patients pay for their treatment up front. So let’s suppose your implant fee is £6,000. A typical payment plan might look like this:

Treatment fee | £6,000

Deposit | £1,000


Loan Amount | £5,000


36 Months at 9.9% = £160.16 pcm.

Cost of Full Mouth Implants 

 

Single tooth implants are the most expensive 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 savings can be made and things work out slightly cheaper.  You’ll get an itemised treatment plan from Smileworks with everything on there so there’ll be no surprises.

 

Smile in a day, smile makeovers and multiple implant cases can be anywhere from £8,000 to £50,000.  We usually tell patients that big implant cases are like buying a new car.  Then patients always ask ‘what sort of car’?  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 and the choice is yours to make under the supervision of caring specialists and professionals who have your best interests at the centre of everything they do.

 

For more detailed information about the dental implant prices take a look at our article below:

 

Dental Implant Cost in 2017

 

 

The Procedure

What's involved in implant placement?

 

Implants are a big decision – but one you should think seriously about if you want a natural way to restore your smile.  We see so many patients who have gone through the  procedure that we decided to write you a guide all about what to expect from your treatment here at Smileworks.

 

So you may have decided it’s time to take your smile to the next level by getting treatment.  Here at Smileworks we have two of the best implant dentists in Europe and when you come along for your appointment you’ll receive a very detailed explanation of the procedure and how things work.  Implants are one of those treatments that patients absolutely love.  Not only for the aesthetic and personal appeal of literally getting your old teeth back but also from a dental health point of view, implants are simply the best choice around.

 

Your clinical consultation and diagnostics

Once you’ve seen our treatment coordinator she will book you in for your initial consultation.  This is where the dentist will take you on a tour of your mouth and give you all the options available to you.  Your dentist will take x-rays, check for gum disease and assess the strength of your jawbone in the areas where your teeth are missing.  Sometimes when there is not as much bone you might need a bone graft.

 

 

Once all the tests and diagnostic procedures have been completed you will receive one or more treatment plans.  A treatment plan is a full and itemised breakdown of all the work you’ll need.  You may receive one or more treatment plan depending on what you ask your implant dentist for.  Many patients want treatment and might decide to get it all done straight away.  Other patients might want to stage the treatment or break it up into parts.

 

The Implant Surgery

On the day of your surgery you will come to Smileworks and the surgery will be set up for you.  Our dentists and nurses spend lots of time preparing the operatory.  This is to make sure all the instruments and equipment are set up correctly.  Many patients will want to be sedated with pills before their treatment to make things more comfortable.  This is completely up to you.  If you’ve opted for conscious sedation then you’ll have already taken your tablets the night before.  You will also be with a friend or family member who’ll have driven you to Smileworks and looked after you.

 

Once you sit in the chair some things will be explained and your surgeon will put you at ease.  You will be numbed with special anaesthetic all around your mouth and will be able to feel absolutely nothing.  Then the implant procedure begins and you just relax and let the professionals work.  If you haven’t been sedated then you can come to Smileworks on your own if you wish.

Does it Hurt? & Aftercare

Most patients report that there is very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated. Implants are placed in a very gentle fashion and care is taken to the various tissues involved.  Anaesthesia and patient sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort during the procedure. Your dentist may recommend that you speak with one of our other patients who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.  Our expert implantologists will keep you comfortable at each stage of your implant journey and we love each and every one of our Liverpool patients and work hard to keep you happy and feeling good – even during your surgery. 

 

Following your implant placement you’ll be encouraged to go home and rest.  If you’re sedated then you’ll be picked up by a friend or family member and taken home.  Sedated patients are often sleepy and many don’t even remember much about the surgery the next day.  You can eat and drink as normal following your surgery.  Our dentists, treatment coordinators and front of house will be in constant contact for the few days following your procedure.  This is to make sure you’re healing well and everything’s going according to plan.  Your dentist will have placed a healing cap on the implant and you’ll still have a gap and no visible crown.

 

The restoration procedure

In the weeks and months after your implant is placed you’ll be given lots of advice and guidance from the team here at Smileworks.  Also you can be free to call us whenever you like.  In fact patients are encouraged to share anything that’s worrying them.  Most patients go through their healing process with no problems at all. Following the healing process (when the implant is firmly in the bone) you return to Smileworks to have the crown placed.  The crown will have been painstakingly created in a laboratory by a dental technician.

 

 

Your replacement tooth will be beautiful and precisely how you want it to look.  A truly talented implantologist will have spent a good amount of time consulting with you to get this part just right.  When you’ve completed treatment at Smileworks we guarantee that you’ll be 100% happy.  We also guarantee our work for 10 years so if there are any problems you can come back and get them fixed.

 

The placement (video)

 

Here’s a helpful video explaining the implant procedure:  You can clearly see the implant screw structure.  `This is the reason people refer to implants as ‘screw in teeth’.

 

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Caring for your implants

As with natural teeth, dental implants and the new teeth attached to them require good oral hygiene and prudent aftercare. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and should attend regular follow-up appointments with your Liverpool dentist and hygienist to ensure that they remain healthy. Using Tepe brushes is also a great way of caring for dental implants. Tepe brushes can be a better option then dental floss as they break the ‘biofilm’. This helps keep the bacteria at bay that can attack your bone and cause problems.

 

To read about what a biofilm is, take a look at this fantastic wikipedia article on the biofilm. Here’s a video from the Smileworks Youtube page where we have loads of videos that you can watch on caring for dental implants and the best oral hygiene gadgets to use.


You can also join the magnificent Smileworks dental plan – take a look at that below. It’s cheaper and much more inclusive than the leading providers such as Denplan and Bupa.

 

Sinus Lifts & Bone Graft

Sinus Lift

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.

 

Bone Graft

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.

 

Implant vs Bridge?

 

Which is best, a Bridge or an Implant? 

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.

 

How Implants Work

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.

Difference between bridge and implant

 

 

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.

 

 

How Bridges Work

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.

 

 

 

Why choose either?

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.

 

 

Missing Teeth Liverpool?  Your Options

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.

 

 

Risks and Benefits

Both implants and Bridges have their own particular risks and benefits.  Here they are in some more detail.

 

 

Implants

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.

 

 

Bridges

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 Implications

Fees 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: how 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.

 

Are dental implants safe?

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 from ‘turkey teeth’.  You can read our main article about Implant safety here. And also our cheap dental implants abroad article here.

 

 

 

 

Dental Sedation

 

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.

 

Sedation FAQ

  • What is IV Sedation?
  • IV sedation is where a specially trained dentist administers a drug to make you feel sleepy during longer dental procedures. It can also be used for patients who are nervous about treatment.
  • How does it work?
  • Sedation works either by giving you pills the night before and then before your treatment to relax you. You’ll need a chaperone to bring you to and from your appointment and this can be a family member, friend or neighbour. IV sedation works by putting a line into the back of your hand or arm and infiltrating the drug into your bloodstream. This type of sedation is stronger and a specially trained team will look after you throughout. We do not use gas to sedate our patients here in the UK.
  • Who can have sedation?
  • Anyone from 18 right up to 65 can have treatment with sedation and we will take a full medical history to make sure that it is a safe course of treatment for each individual patient.
  • Can children have sedation?
  • We currently don’t offer sedation for children at Smileworks as the majority of children we treat are for braces and non-invasive treatments.
  • Will sedation send me to sleep?
  • Some patients feel so relaxed that they go to sleep during parts of the procedure but the sedation drugs work so that you feel very relaxed but can also do simple tasks and follow instructions from the team.
  • What does sedation feel like?
  • You’ll feel warm, comfortable and sleepy. You will also not remember much about the appointment. Each patient responds differently to sedation and some like to talk, others like to sleep and some just sit and relax.
  • Will I get amnesia?
  • Most patients don’t remember their treatment but the amnesia only lasts for the time during which you are sedated. Your dentist can reverse the sedation and bring you back to your normal self.