Multiple dental implants

Dental implants can be used to securely anchor replacement teeth, leaving you with a new smile that looks and feels so natural, you will forget the teeth are not your own.

Each missing tooth does not necessarily require an individual implant to replace it. Often a more stable and cost-effective approach is to place an implant at either end of the 'tooth gap' and bridge across the implants with a dental bridge. The chewing function is then restored with a minimum number of implants.

Traditional bridge treatments require your dentist to file down the neighbouring healthy teeth, in order to attach the bridge in place. Dental implant technology alleviates the need to damage these healthy teeth, instead anchoring your bridge to implants, bonded with your jaw.

The implant itself is a titanium screw placed into the jaw, to replace an original root. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic. The implant will need 3 to 6 months to heal and bond with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for your replacement tooth.

Temporary replacement teeth are usually fitted at the same time as your implant placement, which will stay in place until the final restoration appointment.

Once your jaw has healed, an abutment will be fixed to the implant to hold your replacement teeth (crown or bridge) in place. Abutments are produced in titanium, gold or porcelain, and can come as a standard fit or crafted specifically for you. These options offer a range of aesthetic results, depending on your requirements.

Crowns or a dental bridge are then fitted on top, to replace your missing teeth. Your Bothwell dentist will carefully match the colour of your crown to your natural teeth. 


    Single dental implant

    An implant is a great choice for a single missing tooth, whether it’s visible or not, and the results can be life-changing. A single implant provides the foundation for a crown, which will be created at Bothwell Dental & Implant Clinic to match your teeth exactly.


      Implant secured dentures

      Dentures can be uncomfortable, irritating and embarrassing. With advances in Implant Dentistry, Bothwell Dental & Implant Clinic now have many innovative techniques for either denture stabilisation or completely replacing the need to wear a denture.

        Related FAQs


        How long do dental implants last?

        Dental implants have been used for over 30 years to replace missing teeth. As with natural teeth, they can be damaged by trauma and affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene. However, if they are looked after like normal teeth, they can last a lifetime.


        Is a dental implant right for me?

        Most healthy people, who regularly brush their teeth and visit the dentist, are suitable for implants. Dental implants can be a great solution for people of any age.

        While implants are suitable for most people, there are circumstances where implants may not be suitable. It’s important that you speak to your Portman dentist if you’re concerned about any of the below.

        1. Heavy smoking, which slows down and hinders the healing process.
        2. Excessive alcohol intake, which can disrupt healing of the gums.
        3. Those with a weak bones, as the implant needs to fuse with the bone in the jaw.
        4. Severe gum disease. Tooth decay and/or gum disease needs to be treated before proceeding with a dental implant. Gum disease is a major cause of bone loss, which would hinder the success of any implant procedure.
        5. People with compromised immune systems.
        6. People who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism).

        What are the alternatives to implants?

        Missing teeth can be managed in a number of ways. These can be summaries as follows:

        Accept the space, which is obviously unacceptable for front teeth and not advised for back teeth.

        Replace the missing tooth or teeth with a denture which is patient removable. Dentures can replace some of the teeth (partial denture) or all the teeth (full denture). A partial denture is often used as a provisional prosthesis as it can be made prior to tooth extraction and be fitted at the time the teeth are extracted. If you find wearing a partial denture is satisfactory then no other treatment may be required.

        Replace the missing tooth or teeth with a bridge which is fixed to either natural teeth or dental implants and is not patient removable. Bridges fall into two categories. The first are adhesive bridges that bond to the back of an adjacent tooth. They require little tooth preparation and can provide long term solutions to missing teeth. If they have a drawback it is that they can de-bond unexpectedly. The second type of bridge cements over a natural tooth. This type of tooth borne bridge requires extensive tooth reduction that can lead to a tooth dying or fracturing. Both types of bridges require reasonably healthy teeth to attach to. If a supporting tooth is lost then the bridge is lost.

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