Dental implants, Why us?
- All stages of your treatment from the initial consultation, implant placement, prosthetic restoration and later implant care and advice is done by the same dentist. Dr Mostofi knows all the small details of treatment and different components used in your implants.
- No part time visiting surgeon, associate, partners or corporate dentistry. You have access to your dentist six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays. Dr Mostofi has been working here since 1999.
- Dr Mostofi has had the highest available worldwide academic clinical training specifically in the field of dental implants from the University of Bristol.
- We provide excellent laboratory work for our patients. Our implants abutments are 100% custom made, we only use quality porcelain bonded crowns and we aim to make only screw retained crowns where possible.
- Considering the surgeon’s academic training, patients access to the dentist, experience and quality of laboratory work, we provide an outstanding value for our work on patients.
- Our services and price are unbeatable in United Kingdom.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the modern day solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is an advanced medical technology for the treatment of tooth loss. It is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more crowns.
What is the benefit of dental implants?
Dental implants are used in 3 different ways.
1) To stabilize removable partial or full dentures.
2) To replace one or more missing teeth ( permanent fixed bridge).
3) To support a semi-permanent full set of teeth (also called "All on 4").
Are implants safe and how long do they last?
Millions of people are having implant treatment every year. The first dental implant was placed by Professor Branemark, in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1965. The patient's name was Gosta Larrson (1931-2006), and he had the first implant supported bridge in the world, which lasted him his whole life time. Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment since 1965. With the right care, modern implants should last for long time.
Do implants hurt?
Placing the implants is quick and pain free, as is generally carried out in local anaesthetic. The implant will be placed below the gum line in the jaw bone, so it will not be visible to human eye. You will not feel pain during the surgery but you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. This is normal due the healing process.
Benefits of Implants supporting a Bridge.
If you are missing teeth and you are advised to cut into your healthy natural teeth to support a bridge, please ask your dentist, why dental implants are recommended instead of destroying precious tooth structure. Please note that the life span of an average natural tooth supported bridge is around 11 years and in the long run you will lose more teeth and ultimately require more implants. This is why you should consider implant in the first instance. A tooth is an organ of your body, which should be preserved at all cost. How strong is an integrated implant? An integrated implant in your jaw bone is 8 times stronger anchored than your natural tooth.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
In most cases yes! However, this depends on your jaw bone. During your implant examination, the dentist will carry out a number of specialized examinations to find out the amount of available bone for implant placement.
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants from one single tooth to a complete set.
How long does treatment take?
Your dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts. Usually the permanent teeth are fitted 3 to 6 months after the implants are put in. Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (known as immediate implants) but you should check with your dentist to see whether these are suitable for you.
What about after care of implant surgery?
The Dentist may give you some pain relief after the surgery, or check whether you have them at home to take over the next few days if you need them. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics. Do not smoke, exercise or drive for the rest of the day. Do not rinse the area and only eat soft foods. However, it is important that you keep your mouth clean by brushing, but do not poke the implant site. You can use a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first week after surgery (you can get these from supermarkets and chemists).
What happens next?
The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can keep wearing these throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery. A healing cap will usually be placed into the implant site to protect the area during healing.
Are the teeth difficult to clean?
No. However, good maintenance is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist will give you advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach.
Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars or attachments, then you will be able to take them out for cleaning.
Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
No, unless you are only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.
What happens if the implant does not bond with the bone?
This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there.