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.  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.

 

 

 

Easily the best dentist appointment I've had. I was recommended to go by a friend who couldn't have spoken more highly of them. The facilities are top notch, service friendly and comforting. The staff were great. The treatment was thorough, honest and well explained. First class (excuse the airline pun...you'll see why!)
Adam Samy
Adam Samy
19:10 01 Jun 17
I found Smileworks after looking online for the best specialist orthodontist, and after several visits now, I do believe that they live up to the hype! Every visit has been a pleasure, with the excellent reception always offering a warm and hearty welcome. Due to the severity of problems with my teeth, my treatment plan is extensive and means that despite being early days, I have met with and been treated by a range of the staff here; I can confirm that they're all fantastic and incredibly thorough - everything is explained in detail and nothing is ever rushed. I should also thank Paula (and her assistant whose name I've forgotten - sorry!) yesterday for cleaning the insides of my teeth so thoroughly when I don't even think it was necessarily part of the appointment (the appointment was for a filling). I look forward to continued excellent care from Smileworks and can't wait to get my braces on! Cheers guys!
Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly
08:04 14 Apr 17
Absolutely great find. Friendly staff and MJ who treated me was professional, reassuring and positively fantastic about what my needs were and what I was looking for. There was no pressure on anything and she spoke in depth about full details on every procedure without any rush in me in making an option. I will definitely be visiting again. Thank you once again!
Samina Mubarak
Samina Mubarak
20:02 06 May 17
Absolutely excellent service. All the staff are friendly and make sure all your treatment options are fully explained. Don't do anything unless your 100% sure of all that's available. Shiron made sure my treatment was the absolute best it could be.
Keith Chellew
Keith Chellew
18:41 24 May 17
I had dental work and a procedure on my top lip. I was really nervous on my first visit but the staff are truly lovely and put me at ease straight away. I loved the quirkiness of the waiting room- very different from any dentist/doctors waiting room I've been in. The treatment rooms are very clean, love the design and layout. I also loved the patients photo smiles on the wall!! straight away I relaxed and I could feel the friendliness of the staff. MJ really listened to my fears and listened to what I required, she understood completely my views and the treatment I received was given exactly as I requested!! They really want to help you and they're interested in what you have to say - they love their job!!! I've made a follow up visit and will continue to use them. I've also recommended Smileworks to my friends and will continue to do so.
Nicci Richards
Nicci Richards
20:11 26 Feb 17
I went to Smileworks to have the composite reconstructions on my two front teeth replaced as well as my teeth whitened. On my first appointment with M.J I was given detailed explanations of what these processes involved, which not only eased my apprehensions but stood out from all the previous dentists I had visited. The teeth whitening took approximately two weeks, after which I had the most amazing reconstruction done on my front teeth by Dr Billal Arshad, including a flawless colour match to my newly whitened teeth. The treatment I received was incredible and the end results speak for themselves, I have had numerous people within the fist week comment on how incredible my teeth look. To all the staff at Smileworks I say thank you so much, you have made me a very happy customer.
David Birtles
David Birtles
11:55 26 Jul 17
The staff at Smileworks are fantastic, very welcoming and accommodating. They are always happy to go the extra mile to help you. I had fast braces and 1ml lip filler, i absolutely love the result. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking to get braces or facial aesthetics, they really listen to what you want and combined with their professional knowledge you achieve the perfect result.
Kerry Browne
Kerry Browne
10:46 27 Jul 17
I received my Spmu eyeliner treatment today at Smileworks. I am completely over the moon with the results and would highly recommend the treatment. The clinic itself it just wonderful really clean, fresh and highly professional. My therapist was Hannah Taffe who was extremely knowledgeable, but also so warm and welcoming and put me completely at ease. The treatment was really relaxing and didn't hurt one bit. So very impressed and will certainly be back. Next time I will be booking in to see an orthodontist. Huge thanks to Hannah you really are just fabulous. Sarah Bell xx
SARAH BELL
SARAH BELL
18:10 05 Aug 17
Visited smileworks Saturday, place is amazing everyone was really welcoming and friendly. I was given all the answers to any questions i had before I even asked them!. Hannah was fantastic she gave me a full consultation. I am really happy with the outcome. I will be visiting smileworks in the future.
Laura Harte
Laura Harte
18:39 07 Aug 17
The most welcoming and friendly staff I have ever experienced anywhere, let alone a dentist. I felt in safe hands from the get-go and was so happy with the staff arranging appointments for me even outside of the practice. The creative and clever practice design (airplane) topped the fun experience off! Thanks MJ, Georgiana and Heloise.
Sean Donohue
Sean Donohue
22:03 03 Sep 17
Had my fast braces fitted at Smileworks at the beginning of the year and recently had my lips done, MJ and the team are Lovely! Always a Friendly and professional service! Perfect opening hours which work around my job. Highly recommend! 😀
Elle Benson
Elle Benson
13:25 05 Sep 17
I did went Saturday morning as an emergency customer. No previous contact with them in the past. I was extremely happy of what I found. The place itself & location is great. But even better the staff; They were very understanding and helpful. MJ who finally attend my case did work the extra mile (and extra time too :)) so later than 17:30 Sat. Quick/Nice/Effective & Reliable. So far the best dental clinic I have been. Definitively I will recommend & use them again.
FERNANDO
FERNANDO
13:30 03 Oct 17
After breaking a tooth whilst away in Liverpool, I googled local dentist and called the first number in the list. Smileworks offered me an A1 service and managed to temporary fix my tooth until I returned home allowing me to continue my few days away. Not only was the cost very reasonable for an emergency appointment their practice is the funkiest I’ve ever seen. The dental staff were all fantastic too, I couldn’t have asked for more. Just gutted that there isn’t a smileworks in Cambridgeshire!
Lee Clayton-Harvey
Lee Clayton-Harvey
16:21 24 Oct 17
If you're looking for the best place for your treatment, you've got to choose and visit smile works. They make you feel beautiful, their all friendly and talented personnel. Their welcoming smile alone will make you feel at ease that you're in the right place for your treatment. Their smile really works.
Tiana Bukolami
Tiana Bukolami
22:52 11 Nov 17
teamI'd like to provide you with some feedback on my treatment to date:After 1:1 advice and guidance with the smile-works team, I recently attended for my first treatment (root canal). I was greated and treated professionally throughout, experienced no pain, and was informed and entertained by MJ, whom I found to be extremely reassuring, competent and also hilariously funny. Withought hesitation I can fully recommend this practice, and I am so excited about completing my planned course of treatment, which is bespoke and excellent value for money, just in time for Christmas !Kindest regards DaveSent from my i
nicola jonnes
nicola jonnes
15:31 22 Nov 17
5 Star service and quality! Had my lips done for the first time and couldn't be more happy with them! MJ works wonders, would recommend 100% !!
davina Johnston
davina Johnston
14:10 25 Nov 17
Wow what an absolute amazing experience said no person ever going to the dentist. Well until now...Had severe pain due to a Wisdom tooth and couldn't sleep the night before and knew I had to finally face my fear and go to the dentist and get this sorted. Sat up all night due to lack of sleep watching and reading horror stories on having a Wisdom tooth removed and was dreading it more and more as time went on.Called Smileworks at 9am Saturday morning to get an emergency appointment and was given one within 3 hours. When i arrived I was greeted with cheer into what could only be described as the coolest dental reception area of all time. The receptionist (forget her name) automatically put my mind at ease.Normally my experience at dentists was sit and wait for an absolute age to be called. Not at Smileworks. MJ came into the reception area so cheery and got me and brought me to the room which was something out of a futuristic movie it was absolutely amazing.From start to finish MJ kept my mind at ease telling me every step of the way on what was happening and what the plan of action was. We even meditated over the removal of my wisdom tooth which really calmed me down. MJ was absolutely amazing in the removal and I had built up such a hype and horror pictures of what was going to happen. The exact opposite happened.This had made me build up my confidence in a dentist again and I would highly highly highly recommend Smileworks to anyone.
Kyle Boyd
Kyle Boyd
14:03 27 Nov 17
Me and my mum came here for the first time last year,and I can’t praise Mj and the staff anymore we felt so welcome and at ease straight away. My lips where and still are amazing and i get so many compliments! They literally do go “above and beyond” and totally make you feel “first class” x
Vicky Diamond
Vicky Diamond
20:49 28 Nov 17

 

*Some patients have arrived here looking for something completely different.  If you’re looking for Surgical Hair Implants then follow the link here to our page all about Surgical Hair Transplants.

 

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 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 or any other reason that means your dentist would have to extract a tooth.  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 biggest 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 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, Yannis, who has published work on how to do just that.  Implant retained 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.

 

 

 

before and after single tooth

 

before and after front tooth

 

 

single tooth implant

 

Implants before and after

 

Dental Implants Liverpool

 

 

Beautiful front tooth implant restoration

 

dental implant before and after

 

 

Dental Implant Cost

 

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.

 

dental implant costs compared in 2017

 

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.

 

Take a look at our patient finance calculator here and calculate the cost of your work:

 

Dental Implant Cost

Here's the itemised cost of implants in 2017

  • 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 small saving in costs and materials)
  • CBCT Scan | £500 (This will be taken into account in your treatment plan)
  • Full Mouth Implants | £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 implants cost £6,000. A typical payment plan might look like this:

Treatment Cost | £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 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:

dental implants cost UK

 
 

 

 
 

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 that Implant Dentistry is right for you and now 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 with either Dr Yannis or Dr Krishan 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 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.

 

Your Implantologist

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.

 

All on 4 & Smile in a Day

 

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.

 

Patient Info Download

Implant pdf download

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.

 

 

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

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.

 

Dental Implant Safety

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

 

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.