The City Bridge Dental Care guide to dental implant treatment

Expert tooth implant treatment in Bristol

At City Bridge Dental, we’re specialists in restorative dentistry. Dental implants are one of the most advanced and life-changing treatments in this field helping you to regain your smile while protecting your dental health.

Our team provides exceptional tooth implant treatment and care. Andrew is our principal dental surgeon and has helped many of our patients achieve outstanding results with dental implants that can last a lifetime. He understands that tooth implant treatment is a big decision that should only be made when a patient is fully informed of all the options and potential outcomes. He’s there every step of the way from assessment and planning 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 each and every one of our patients is unique with different needs and goals. Treatment usually takes place over 3 to 9 months with costs starting from £2,149 for a single implant.* To find out more about the benefits of tooth implants, please click here.

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1. Initial consultation for dental implant treatment at City Bridge Dental Care, Bristol

Your first consultation and assessment for tooth implant treatment is essentially about understanding and exploring all the options available to you. Our principal dental surgeon will take X-rays to check your suitability for treatment. Dental implant treatment needs a certain volume of bone in the jaw for a good chance of success so we’ll check this alongside other potential problems such as gum disease. There are other factors which can also impact on the potential success of tooth implant treatment such as smoking.

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2. Planning your dental implant treatment

If you decide to go ahead with tooth implant treatment after considering all the options, then we’ll begin to carefully plan the different stages and aspects of your personal dental implant procedure. This is an extremely important step that helps us ensure the best potential results. We’ll use your X-rays to determine 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.

At the planning stage, we’ll also look to resolve any problems with your basic dental health. It’s also essential to extract any failing teeth at this point.

3. Placing your dental implants

Our highly-experienced dental surgeon will expertly place your dental implants during a small surgical procedure 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. We will make an incision in your gums before making a small hole in the bone with a specialised drill. The screw part of the tooth implant will be inserted into the hole before the site is stitched.

4. Tooth implant healing and integration

Over time, your bone begins to bond with the titanium screw element of the dental implant. This is known as integration and is why tooth implants provide such a secure anchor for crowns, bridges and dentures. 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 we are confident that integration is well established, we will fit the permanent crown or bridge onto the implant. We do this by re-opening the gum to expose the implant site under local anaesthetic. The crown or bridge is then screwed onto the implant. Your crowns or bridges are carefully crafted to ensure a perfect match in shape, size and colour to your natural teeth.

5. Long-term care and maintenance

Dental implants are an ingenious solution to missing teeth that can last a lifetime. However, like natural teeth they do require care and attention to prevent future problems. You will care for your dental implants in the same as you care for your teeth. You’ll need to brush twice a day and floss once a day following the guidelines that we’ll provide after treatment is complete. It’s also essential to attend all check-up and hygiene appointments.

*Individual timings may vary.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth. A dental implant made of titanium or titanium zirconium is placed in the jawbone and replaces the missing tooth root. Bone has been shown to bond well to titanium. Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for fixing dental crowns, bridges or dentures.

What are the risks?

Depending on medical or other conditions of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place.

Is dental implant treatment painful?

Dental implants are generally inserted under local anaesthetic to help minimise discomfort during the operation.

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