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Dental Implants in Essex & Thurrock

Missing teeth can affect your self-confidence and make everyday activities like smiling, eating and talking uncomfortable. Dental implants can permanently restore your smile and give you the confidence boost you deserve.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a cutting-edge and highly effective solution for replacing missing teeth. They are essentially artificial tooth roots made from biocompatible materials, typically titanium, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone to provide a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth.

Dental Implants in Essex and Thurrock

Here’s a breakdown of the components:

  1. Implant Body: The implant itself is a small, screw-shaped post that is inserted into the jawbone. It serves as the root for the new tooth or teeth.
  2. Abutment: Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration (usually taking a few months), an abutment is attached to the implant. The abutment protrudes above the gum line and serves as the connector between the implant and the replacement tooth.
  3. Crown: The replacement tooth, which can be a crown for a single missing tooth or a bridge or denture for multiple missing teeth, is custom-designed to match your natural teeth in terms of shape, size, and colour. It is securely attached to the abutment.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental Implants in Essex & Thurrock - Tooth DoctorDental implants are a versatile and effective solution for a wide range of individuals who have experienced tooth loss or are at risk of losing teeth. Here are some common scenarios in which people may benefit from dental implants:

  1. Tooth Loss: Individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to decay, gum disease, injury, or other reasons can consider dental implants to replace the missing teeth.
  2. Failed Dental Treatments: If traditional dental treatments like bridges or dentures have failed to provide a satisfactory solution or have become uncomfortable, dental implants may be a better alternative.
  3. Stabilising Dentures: Dental implants can be used to stabilise removable dentures, preventing them from slipping or shifting while eating or speaking. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with full or partial dentures.
  4. Preserving Jawbone: Tooth loss can lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can affect facial structure and oral health. Dental implants stimulate bone growth and help preserve jawbone density.
  5. Restoring Chewing Function: Dental implants offer exceptional chewing and biting strength, making it possible to enjoy a wider range of foods without discomfort or difficulty.
  6. Enhancing Aesthetics: Individuals looking to improve the appearance of their smile due to missing teeth or dental issues can benefit from dental implants, which provide a natural-looking and attractive solution.
  7. Preventing Shifting Teeth: Gaps left by missing teeth can cause neighbouring teeth to shift, leading to bite problems and potential dental issues. Dental implants can fill these gaps and maintain proper tooth alignment.
  8. Dental Trauma: Individuals who have suffered dental trauma, such as a sports injury or accident, resulting in tooth loss, can regain their smile and oral function with dental implants.
  9. Long-Term Solution: People seeking a durable and long-lasting solution for tooth replacement that can potentially last a lifetime may opt for dental implants.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer numerous benefits that make them a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Some of the key advantages of dental implants include:

  1. Natural Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are custom-made to match the colour, size, and shape of your existing teeth, creating a seamless and lifelike smile.
  2. Improved Confidence: Dental implants restore your ability to smile, speak, and eat with confidence. You won’t have to worry about gaps in your smile or the stability of your teeth.
  3. Enhanced Speech: Missing teeth can affect speech clarity. Dental implants help maintain proper pronunciation and speech, allowing you to communicate comfortably and clearly.
  4. Durability: Implants are incredibly durable and can last for many years, often a lifetime, with proper care. They are made from biocompatible materials like titanium, which integrates with your jawbone.
  5. Preservation of Jawbone: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing the bone loss that typically occurs when teeth are missing. This helps maintain facial structure and prevents a sunken appearance.
  6. No Damage to Adjacent Teeth: Unlike traditional bridges, dental implants do not require the alteration of neighbouring healthy teeth. They stand independently, which preserves the integrity of adjacent teeth.
  7. Stability and Comfort: Implants are anchored securely in the jawbone, providing stability and comfort that is similar to natural teeth. There’s no slipping or discomfort associated with removable dentures.
  8. Improved Oral Health: Dental implants promote better oral hygiene as they are easy to clean and maintain. They don’t trap food particles or bacteria like some other tooth replacement options.
  9. Versatility: Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or even support complete dentures, making them a versatile solution for various degrees of tooth loss.
  10. Long-Term Cost Savings: While the initial investment in dental implants may be higher than some other options, their longevity and minimal maintenance requirements can lead to long-term cost savings.
  11. Restored Chewing Function: Implants restore the ability to chew and enjoy a wide range of foods, improving your overall diet and nutrition.
  12. Enhanced Quality of Life: With dental implants, you can enjoy an improved quality of life, greater self-esteem, and the freedom to live your life to the fullest without worrying about missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants - Tooth Doctor - Dentaist in Essex and Thurrock

Types of Dental Implants

Single Tooth Replacement

A single missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant attached to a crown, giving you the look and feel of a natural tooth.

Multi-tooth Dental Implants

If you need to replace multiple teeth, implants will mimic the natural root of the tooth, whilst keeping your adjacent teeth and jaw bone healthy.

Implant Supported Dentures

Unsupported dentures can be a cause of discomfort or embarrassment. Dental implants can be attached to your removable dentures to secure them and give you the confidence to eat, speak and smile.

The Procedure

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Free Dental Implant Consultation

We offer free dental implant consultations at both our Thurrock and Basildon dental practices.

During this appointment, one of our friendly dentists will take a look at your teeth and gums to determine whether dental implants are the right treatment for you.

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Customised Treatment Plan

Next, we’ll take a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scan to create a detailed 3D digital image of your mouth, which we’ll use to create a customised treatment plan for you.

Using this image, we’ll be able to evaluate the condition of your nerve pathways and jawbone and plan the best site for dental implants.

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Professional Dental Cleaning

Before fitting your dental implants, we need to make sure your teeth and gums are as clean and healthy as possible.

We’ll carry out a prophylactic dental clean to remove any bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums.

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Fitting the Dental Implant

Fitting your dental implant is a simple procedure. Your dentist will use local anaesthesia so you won’t be in any pain. They may also sedate you if you’re particularly nervous or you require extractions and bone augmentation.

With same-day implants, your dentist will fit both the metal frame and the false tooth or teeth in the same sitting.

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Enjoy Your New Site

With same-day implants, you’ll be ready to show off your smile as soon as the day after your implant procedure. Your dentist will advise you on how best to care for your implants post-treatment and which medication to take.

Simply stick to your post-treatment care routine and enjoy your stunning new teeth!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of implants over other methods?

The most common alternatives to dental implants are denture and bridges. Getting a bridge requires attaching false teeth to your existing teeth. This involves filing or modifying the teeth on either side of missing teeth in order to support bridge which can have implication is future. Also, often require replacement which makes it more costly option over time. Dentures are false teeth attached to plastic or metal plate which are placed in placed in mouth and are removable. They are cumbersome, uncomfortable and limit your dietary intake. Also, with time they might wear or become loose fitted causing slippage and imprecise fit issues. Whereas dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. They are comfortable, effective, aesthetically pleasing, look and behave just like natural tooth, do not impact surrounding teeth and less costly over long run.

How do I know if I’m suitable for dental implants?

A person who can undergo tooth extractions or bridgework can undergo dental implant treatment. The location and the amount of bone available in the implant area is normally the major factor to be considered for any case. Normally implants are suitable and best option for most cases but its best to have a consultation with our dentist to check for suitability and ask any questions you might have for the treatment.

What is osseointegration?

Osseointegration is a fundamental process in dental implants. It refers to the strong bond that forms between the titanium implant and the jawbone. This integration ensures stability and durability for the implant, allowing it to function like a natural tooth. It typically takes a few months for osseointegration to complete, after which the prosthetic tooth or crown can be attached to the implant. This process is vital for the long-term success of dental implants, providing patients with a reliable and functional solution for missing teeth.

Can I get dental implants on NHS?

Dental implants are typically not available through the NHS, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure. However, in some rare cases where the implants are deemed medically necessary, the NHS may cover the cost. It’s best to consult with our dentist and NHS dental services for specific eligibility criteria and options available in your area.

How long does it take for the dental implant treatment?

Our dentist will give you a rough estimate about time after your first consultation. Nowadays some false teeth are fitted as the same time as implants for some cases. Check with the dentist to see if it’s suitable for you. Normally the false teeth are fitted after 3-4 months after placing the implant. In some instances it might take longer due to complexity of the case but the dentist should be able to let you know about this during your treatment.

Does dental Implant hurt?

It’s a good idea to come and see us as soon as you can. If we need to extract a tooth before the implant, it’s essential to do it delicately to preserve your own bone. If your existing dentist is experienced in this, that’s fantastic! But if not, don’t worry; we can handle the tooth removal at our surgery along with the implant placement. Just let us know what works best for you!

What are implants made from?

Implants are made from titanium. Bone has a natural affinity for titanium which enables it to grow around the implant effectively becoming part of your bone.

Can anyone get dental implants?

In general, most healthy individuals with good oral health are suitable candidates for dental implant treatment. However, a comprehensive dental evaluation is necessary to determine if you are an ideal candidate.

Will I be without teeth during the implant process?

Our dentist will provide temporary tooth replacements during the healing period to ensure you don’t go without teeth. These can be removable dentures or temporary crowns.

How long is the recovery period after dental implants?

After undergoing dental implant surgery, the initial recovery period usually spans a few days, during which you may encounter temporary swelling and discomfort. The complete healing and osseointegration process can extend over several months, allowing the implant to firmly integrate with the jawbone.

Can smokers get dental implants?

Although smoking can increase the risk of complications and hinder the healing process, smokers can still get dental implants. However, it is strongly advised to quit smoking or at least reduce smoking to increase the chances of successful implant integration.

Do I need a bone graft for dental implants?

Not every dental implant case requires a bone graft. It depends on the jawbone’s condition and the specific implantation site. A comprehensive assessment by a dental professional will determine the necessity.

Are there any alternatives to dental implants?

Yes, there are alternatives to dental implants. Some options include dental bridges, removable dentures, and dental crowns. The choice of alternative depends on individual needs and circumstances. Consulting with one of our dentists in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope can help determine the best option for you.

Why Choose Tooth Doctor for Dental Implants?

Expertise and Experience

We boast teams of highly experienced and skilled dental professionals in Basildon, Brentwood and Stanford-le-Hope of Essex and Thurrock who specialise in dental implantology. With years of expertise, we’re well-equipped to provide you with the highest standard of care.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Our practice is outfitted with cutting-edge technology, including 3D imaging and digital scanning, which allows for precise planning and placement of dental implants. This ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Bespoke Treatment

We recognise that every patient is unique. Our approach to dental implants is tailored to your specific needs and oral health, ensuring a personalised treatment plan that aligns with your goals.

Single Implant from £33.25/Month

We offer an initial consultation for £90, where you can discuss your implant needs and receive personalised treatment recommendations. Our affordable single tooth implants start from just £1,995, or you can choose our convenient financing option of £33.25 per month for 5 years.

Post-Implant Care

Our commitment extends beyond the implant placement. We offer guidance on post-implant care and regular follow-up appointments to ensure the long-term success of your dental implants.

Proven Results

Our track record speaks for itself. See what our patients say below. We have a history of delivering outstanding results, helping numerous patients regain their smiles, confidence, and oral function with dental implants.

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