Whether only one, several or all teeth are missing, our team of highly experienced surgeons and general prosthetic dentists can restore your smile.
Our oral surgeons are providing difficult surgical implant services. Dental implants may be used to replace a single tooth, replace multiple teeth, or provide abutments for partial or complete dentures.
The procedure will start with a thorough consultation at our London practice and the patient will be provided with a comprehensive treatment plan.
If the patient wishes to start treatment, we will book a series of appointments usually in the following order:
- impression for temporary denture(s)
- tooth extraction and fitting of the temporary denture(s) - this is followed by a 4 month healing period
- CT scan (with optional smart guide) and hygiene treatment
- implant surgery (with bone grafting if needed)
- post-op check - healing period of 3-9 months
- expose implants and place healing screws
- 3-4 appointments for the final restoration to be made and fitted
If all teeth are missing, each missing tooth does not need to be replaced with an implant. Typically, 6-8 implants will support 12-14 teeth (the quantity of implant needed varies between male and female and also if upper jaw or lower jaw). Usually an implant will support 1.5 ratio of dental restoration, so 2 implants will support a 3 unit bridge, or 6 implants will support a 12 unit bridge. Wisdom teeth are never replaced with implants!
If an implant supported overdenture is being considered, then 4 or 6 implants will support the removable denture. The more implants, the better the stability.
Often bone grafting is required in the rear of the upper jaw and this is called a sinus lift. It can be needed on one side or both sides of the mouth (just below the eye socket)
When rear molars are lost, the bone diminishes and this allows the nasal sinuses to expand and move into the area where the bone had been. A certain thickness of bone is needed to allow an implant to be placed. The surgeon will use a special tooth to lift up the sinus membrane and place artificial bone into the space. This is covered by a membrane and quite often, the implant placement can be done during the same appointment. Whilst this is now a routine treatment, it is still an intricate surgical procedure that requires skill and concentration and experience from the surgeon.
We are proud to say that our principle oral surgeon, Dr Attila Halasz has placed thousands of dental implants and carried out hundres of bone grafting procedures.