at Duffield Road Dental Care, Derby
Dental implants are as close as it gets to the real thing and provide many unique dental-health and aesthetic benefits. Our expert team at Duffield Road Dental Care is here to provide the very best dental implant treatment experience from assessment and planning all the way through to ongoing care and maintenance.
We’ve detailed the different steps of the dental implant treatment process below. The steps are a general guideline as the procedure can vary depending on your individual needs and current dental health. You can be certain that we’ll talk your bespoke treatment plan through in detail with timings and prices so that you can make a fully-informed decision.
Treatment usually takes place over 3 to 9 months with costs starting from £2,200 for a single implant to £9,500 for the all-on-4 system.* To find out more about the benefits of tooth implants, please click here.
1. Preliminary assessment for dental implant treatment at Duffield Road Dental Care, Derby
Our preliminary dental implant assessments are thorough and in-depth to help us evaluate if dental implants are suitable for you. Most adults in good general health are able to have dental implant treatment. However, there are some factors which can impact on the potential success of dental implant treatment such as smoking and gum disease.
During the assessment, we’ll ask questions about your medical history and carry out a full examination of your mouth and teeth. We’ll also take some X-rays and models of your teeth.
There may be other treatment options for you to consider such as cosmetic crowns and bridges and dentures. Each option will be fully discussed (with its advantages, disadvantages, timings and costs) so that you’re aware of all opportunities to help you come to the right decision. The preliminary dental implant assessment costs £95.
2. Dental implant treatment planning
At Duffield Road Dental Care, we’re highly experienced in planning dental implant treatment to help ensure the best potential results. We’ll use the X-rays and models taken during your assessment to work out the optimal position for an implant, how many tooth implants you will need and the quality and amount of bone to place the implant/s into.
Successful implant treatment does depend on adequate bone volume – if you don’t have enough bone (but are suitable for treatment) we will need to graft or regenerate bone. This will add to the length of your treatment time and costs with bone grafts/regeneration starting from £600.
At the planning stage, we’ll also look to address any problems with your basic dental health. This is so we can stabilise any issues before implants are placed. It’s also essential to extract any failing teeth at this point.
Implant treatment planning costs £125 per appointment.
3. Placing the dental implants
Implant placement is a small surgical procedure that’s carried out under local anaesthetic. Tooth implants are made of 3 parts – a titanium screw/rod, a connecting part and a crown (the part that looks like a real tooth). During this stage, the screw is placed precisely into your jawbone.
Your dentist will make an incision in your gums before making a small hole in the bone with a specialised drill. Using an alignment pin, the screw part of the tooth implant will be inserted into the hole. The site is then stitched with self-absorbing stitches.
4. Healing and integration
Tooth implants can take from 6 weeks to 6 months to fuse with your bone. During this time, you’ll be able to wear temporary replacement teeth or dentures.
When integration is established, we will fit the permanent crown or bridge onto the implant. Using local anaesthetic, your dentist will re-open the gum to expose the implant site. The crown or bridge is then screwed onto the implant by hand or by the drill used during the dental implant placement stage. The crowns or bridges are created using the impressions of your teeth taken during the initial assessment to ensure a perfect match in shape, size and colour. We’ll also check your bite to make sure that the implant feels comfortable and correct.
5. Long-term care and maintenance
One of the great benefits of dental implants is that you can care for them as you would your normal teeth. However, their longevity really does depend on consistent and thorough care. We’ll give lots of advice and guidelines on how to clean and floss properly. It’s also essential to attend all check-up and hygiene appointments.