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Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are alternatives to dentures. An implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jaw bone to act like a tooth root to support a denture, crown or bridge.

For people who want a metal-free alternative we offer ceramic implants – click HERE for more information.

What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants?

They can replace a single missing tooth, or multiple missing  teeth or they can be used to securely fix full dentures into place for ease of  eating,  talking & day-to-day activities.

When natural teeth are lost, the bone around them gradually dissolves away. This irreversible process is accelerated by the wearing of conventional dentures and causes premature ageing of the facial features.  This is the reason why dentures become progressively more loose and have to be re-lined or replaced periodically to adjust to the changing mouth shape.

Dentures may `click’ or move whilst speaking or eating causing distress and embarrassment to the wearer. Implants can help solve these and other problems associated with the wearing of dentures and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.

The earlier an implant is placed after the loss of natural teeth, the more bone is saved to maintain a youthful appearance.

Destructive preparations of adjacent teeth are not necessary with implants as is often required for bridgework, and the health of the teeth adjacent to a space is not compromised as is commonly found with dentures.

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How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?
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Dental Implants for a complete set

You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants—from 1 single tooth to a complete set.  For a complete set, the number of implants used will vary from patient to patient, but normally 5 or 6 per jaw are sufficient.

If a large number of implants are required, they do not have to be replaced all at once.  For a few missing teeth, 2-3 implants may be used.

The illustrations show how implants are used to secure a denture, crown or bridge.

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Dental Implants for single missing tooth.

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Dental implants for 2 – 3 missing teeth

Who Can Have Dental Implants?

If you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions , then you are more than likely a suitable candidate for implants.

How Long Does The Treatment Take?

From the initial assessment to the final attachment of a denture or restoration takes approximately 6-12 months.  A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Denture wearers can usually continue to wear their dentures during this time perhaps with some adjustment made to them.

With the use of our operating microscope which allows us to see minute details and fine structures, along with our Cone Beam CT scanner which provides 3D images. We can improve the quality of the examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

 Implants are a well established, tried and tested treatment and they are made from materials acceptable to the body. It is a fact that if looked after then 90% of modern implants will last for at least 15 years. Daily cleaning is as important with implants as it is with natural teeth. Implants cannot become decayed but like teeth they can suffer from gum problems if not cared for.

Does The Placement of Dental Implants Hurt?

Implants are fitted using local anaesthetic, with or without sedation. The placement will therefore be painless but you may feel some discomfort in the week following the surgery. The dentist will advise you regarding pain relief during this time.

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More information about dental implants can be found here.

Patient Cases

before after

This lady in her mid 50’s attended the practice wanting to change the bridge she’d had for more than 20 years. After discussing all options she opted for dental implants and a new bridge. The treatment from initial consultation to final fitting took approximately 6 months and was carried out by Barry Rimmer.

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This 41 year old lady presented to the practice with bridgework that was fitted over 10 years previously but was now constantly de-bonding. After discussing her options she decided to have 2 dental implants placed and the bridgework redone. This was carried out by Barry Rimmer and the final bridgework was fitted 4 months after the implants were placed.

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This lady in her mid 50’s presented to the practice having already worn a bridge in the upper front teeth for many years. However the teeth underneath the bridgework were badly broken down and both the patient and the dentist agreed that the teeth could be significantly improved.

The two front teeth were extracted with the immediate placement of 2 dental implants. These were allowed to heal for 4 months. The patient then undertook cosmetic crown lengthening procedures and bridgework on the 2 teeth on the upper right hand side to achieve the final result. The treatment took 5 months and was carried out by Dr Barry Rimmer.

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This gentleman in his late 70’s attended the practice with pain and swelling around an upper left tooth. On examination a vertical crack was diagnosed in the root of the upper left 3 and therefore the tooth could not be saved. The patient has had several dental implants placed over the last 10 years and was happy to consider another.

The tooth was surgically removed in an effort to preserve as much bone as possible and an implant was placed. Three months later an abutment was placed onto the healed implant and a crown was made to match his existing front teeth.

Three months later an abutment was placed onto the healed implant and a crown was made to match his existing front teeth.  The treatment was carried out by Dr Barry Rimmer.

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CASE 1 – Dental Implants – After

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This lady in her 60’s attended after being told by her GDP that all her front teeth were failing and she was about to loose the bridgework that had been in place for many years. On examination the patient had many broken down teeth and the bridge was unable to be saved.

She required the extraction of several teeth and an immediate denture was fitted to allow healing as it was felt the immediate placement of implants was too risky given the infection present. As the patient wanted a fixed result implants were later placed and a final fixed porcelain bridge was fitted.

The patient worked closely with our in-house dental technician to obtain a result that she thought was “mega”.  The treatment took 9 months to complete and was carried out by Dr Barry Rimmer.

+ Patient Case 1

before after

This lady in her mid 50’s attended the practice wanting to change the bridge she’d had for more than 20 years. After discussing all options she opted for dental implants and a new bridge. The treatment from initial consultation to final fitting took approximately 6 months and was carried out by Barry Rimmer.

+ Patient Case 2

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This 41 year old lady presented to the practice with bridgework that was fitted over 10 years previously but was now constantly de-bonding. After discussing her options she decided to have 2 dental implants placed and the bridgework redone. This was carried out by Barry Rimmer and the final bridgework was fitted 4 months after the implants were placed.

+ Patient Case 3

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This lady in her mid 50’s presented to the practice having already worn a bridge in the upper front teeth for many years. However the teeth underneath the bridgework were badly broken down and both the patient and the dentist agreed that the teeth could be significantly improved.

The two front teeth were extracted with the immediate placement of 2 dental implants. These were allowed to heal for 4 months. The patient then undertook cosmetic crown lengthening procedures and bridgework on the 2 teeth on the upper right hand side to achieve the final result. The treatment took 5 months and was carried out by Dr Barry Rimmer.

+ Patient Case 4

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This gentleman in his late 70’s attended the practice with pain and swelling around an upper left tooth. On examination a vertical crack was diagnosed in the root of the upper left 3 and therefore the tooth could not be saved. The patient has had several dental implants placed over the last 10 years and was happy to consider another.

The tooth was surgically removed in an effort to preserve as much bone as possible and an implant was placed. Three months later an abutment was placed onto the healed implant and a crown was made to match his existing front teeth.

Three months later an abutment was placed onto the healed implant and a crown was made to match his existing front teeth.  The treatment was carried out by Dr Barry Rimmer.

+ Patient Case 5
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CASE 1 – Dental Implants – After

dental implants case 5 before

This lady in her 60’s attended after being told by her GDP that all her front teeth were failing and she was about to loose the bridgework that had been in place for many years. On examination the patient had many broken down teeth and the bridge was unable to be saved.

She required the extraction of several teeth and an immediate denture was fitted to allow healing as it was felt the immediate placement of implants was too risky given the infection present. As the patient wanted a fixed result implants were later placed and a final fixed porcelain bridge was fitted.

The patient worked closely with our in-house dental technician to obtain a result that she thought was “mega”.  The treatment took 9 months to complete and was carried out by Dr Barry Rimmer.