Are you missing one or more teeth due to accidents or other reasons?
Do you have broken or cracked teeth?
If so, dental implants are one of the most popular solutions to restore your smile. Our implant dentists at Shawlands Dental Care would be able to assist in restoring your beautiful smile. A dental implant can help to restore the shape of your teeth thereby enhancing your self-esteem in the process.
Dental implants have been around for a very long time (over 40 years) and have grown enormously in popularity over recent years. In the meanwhile, the number of patients opting for a dental implant in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland is considerably increasing.
Below are some of the most popular dental implant solutions we provide at our Shawlands based dental clinic:
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts with an internal screw. A dental implant is used to hold a false tooth in place of a missing tooth. They are usually made of titanium and will last for a lifetime if maintained properly. Your jawbone will fuse with the titanium rod of the dental implant, which would usually take several months. A single implant can cover one or more missing teeth.
Can I have a dental implant?
In virtually all situations, dental implants are one of the several options available to the patient. Since the implant option involves at least one surgical phase, considerable time and costs, it is clearly in the interest of the patient and dentist that the treatment outcome is successful for all concerned.
The surgical procedure is not without risk of complications which may have long-term consequences. Success cannot be guaranteed. Certain aspects of patients medical and dental histories may contraindicate the use of dental implants.
A dental implant will be inserted after an operation. You need to a have strong bone and healthy gums if the implant is to be a success. Regular smoking can have a negative effect on a dental implant. Hence some dental implant dentists will not consider you for surgery if you are a regular smoker.
The first step to see if you are suitable for a dental implant is to book an appointment with one of our Shawlands based implant dentist for an initial consultation. Our implant dentist will then advise you of the next steps and further checks required.
You will have to undergo some dental x-rays in order to check the thickness and shape of your jawbone. It will also reveal the structure of your mouth such as the nerves. If the x-ray will not reveal enough, you may need to have a CT scan for better visibility. At Shawlands Dental Care, we can provide both X-rays and CT scan within our clinic.
What happens during an implant surgery?
Implant surgery is usually done using local Anaesthesia, but in some cases, IV Sedation may be an option. The implant dentist will firstly explain the entire operation. Once the anaesthetic takes effect, the dentist will make a cut in your gum and drill a small hole in your jawbone. The implant will be fitted into this hole. If you are planning to have any tooth removed before the implant, your dentist will place the implant directly into this tooth socket. This is referred to as an immediate implant. If not, it would be referred to as a delayed implant. There are no serious side effects reported when a dental implant is properly carried out. Unexpected reactions to the anaesthetic or excessive bleeding can occur as side effects during a dental implant.
Are dental implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. In most cases, implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long you care for them.
How well you look after your implants, and whether you go for regular maintenance appointments will have the biggest impact on how long will they last.
If you don’t care for your implants, they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants there is no lifetime guarantee.
A successful implant is a dental implant which:
- Does not cause allergic, toxic or gross infectious reactions either locally or systematically
- Offers anchorage to a functional prosthesis
- Does not show signs of fracture or bending
- Does not show mobility when individually tested
- Does not show any evidence of peri-implant radiolucency on an intra-oral radiograph
What can I do to improve the chance of successful dental implant?
The most important factor that will increase the likelihood of a long term success with your dental implant is an excellent standard of oral cleaning. Properly brushing your teeth a few times a day could be of great assistance for the long term success of your dental implant.
If you are a smoker, it is highly recommended that you stop smoking immediately after your implant (preferably to stop even before the surgery). Failure to stop or cut down smoking could lead to implant failure.
What are the signs of an implant failure?
- Non-integration of implant with bone
- Progressive loss of bone following successful osseointegration as diagnosed clinically and radiographically may occur (and is not necessarily bone related), however, unless excessive, some degree of bone loss is acceptable. Poor oral hygiene and/or occlusal overload are likely to be associated with a higher incidence of complications and failure.
- An osseointegrated implant may in some instance fail to meet patients’ expectations concerning aesthetics and phonetics.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
A dental implant will take a few month (in some cases could take longer), a time during the patient will go through different phases:
- Planning – Initial consult and suitability assessment. In some cases, further consults and indeed X-rays or CT scans may be required
- Treatments to prepare the mouth for care, making sure that gums and teeth are in a healthy state. Repair of defective bone/gum using grafts may be required.
- Surgery to place dental implants. Usually, this is done under local anaesthetic and can take around 1-4 hours depending on the procedure. If you are nervous patient, then IV sedation is available for placement of the dental implants.
Please remember that the procedures themselves are not an easy & quick fix. They often involve multiple visits to our implant clinic, and it is not possible to give an accurate time for everyone.
Important information following dental implant placement
- Some possible discomfort after surgery may occur. There is often some swelling and bruising of the tissues. Pain relief may be required after surgery. We recommend Ibuprofen and Paracetamol (if permissible)
- Avoid rinsing your mouth for 12 hours
- We will recommend and antiseptic mouthwash for the days following the surgery
- If you are wearing a denture, the surgeon will adjust it. You should never force your denture over your implants or grafted sites. Dentures should always be left out at night.
- Avoid hot foods and drinks for the first 24 hours after the implant surgery. Have a soft diet for the first few days (e.g. mash potato, eggs etc.)
- You will be given an appointment to be seen about 10 days after your surgery for the surgeon to review healing of the surgical site and to remove stitches.
Can I get dental implants on the NHS?
Implants are not usually available on the NHS. At Shawlands Dental Care implants are only available privately. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little higher than the cost of more conventional private dental treatment with crowns and bridges. Over the long term, if they are well maintained, dental implants are usually a more cost efficient and satisfactory option.
What happens if I have any difficulties with my dental implant?
Following the procedure, the surgeon performing the procedure will be available on call and will make his/her mobile number available to you. Should you have any difficulties, you can call the surgeon who will be more than glad to assist.
Dental Implants Glasgow Cost
At Shawlands Dental Care we offer a competitive price for dental implants: Dental Implant and crown fully restored from £1895.
Please note that to provide you with an exact cost for your dental implants we would require making a full assessment of your circumstances.