Dental Implants

Thinking about Dental Implants to replace a tooth?

Do you struggle to eat, smile or chew with confidence with missing teeth?

Perhaps you get food stuck in the gaps or just find you are smiling with your hand over your mouth?

Dental implants from our dental practice in Barnstaple, North Devon can help to restore your confidence, rebuild your smile and allow you to enjoy your favourite foods once again by replacing missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

Implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped.

Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.

If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.

In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crownsbridges or dentures. Click here for illustrated information.

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"What Everyone Should Know about Replacing Missing Teeth BEFORE Starting Treatment"


A special report by Drs Donna & Rodney Hill revealing what you ought to know about replacing missing teeth.

Find out:

The costs and lowest price alternatives

Your options and choices for treatment

Are you suitable for treatment?

Can dental implants be used as an alternative to root canal treatment?

What happens if you smoke?

How many implants might you need?

Some Common Questions about Dental Implants

Do dental implants hurt?

The simple answer to this question is, no, not usually. The dental implants will always be placed under local anaesthetic, they can also be placed under dental sedation if you are particularly anxious of the procedure.

What is the dental implant procedure?

The procedure to dental implants varies according to the number of teeth you have missing, the procedure will typically be as follows:

  • Attend the dental practice for an initial consultation.
  • Further diagnosics maybe undertaken such as a CT Scan.
  • Have impressions taken which will be sent to the dental laboratory for assessment.
  • Have a visit with the dental implant surgeon/dentist.
  • Planning stages undertaken to work out exactly what you wish to look like after the implants have been placed.
  • Dental Implant surgery to place the implants during which time you will be fitted with a temporary tooth/teeth.
  • Healing phase to allow the implant and soft tissue to heal.
  • Restorative phase where the new teeth/tooth will be permanently attached to the dental implant.

How long do dental implants take?

Once again, this depends upon the exact nature of the treatment but you can expect the design stages to take approximately 8 weeks, the healing phase is usually between 3 and 6 months, the restorative phase will take approximately 4 weeks. if you estimate the entire process to last approximately 9 months this should generally be a fairly good estimate.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

The first thing the dentist will look at to ascertain suitability is your dental health, if your overall dental health or oral hygiene is not at high enough standard then this will need to be rectified first. Dental implants can be expensive and your dentures will want to ensure you stand the best chance of a successful treatment by having a healthy mouth before you begin. So long as you are healthy and prepared to follow the hygiene routine provided to you by your dentist and/or dental hygienist you should be suitable for implants.

Who is not suitable for dental implants?

People who fall into one or more of the following categories may not be suitable for dental implants:

  1. Smokers. Smoking drastically slows down the healing process and makes the dental implant procedure less predictable.
  2. Alcohol. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have the same effect as tobacco and slow down the healing time is required.
  3. Diabetes.
  4. Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  5. Teenagers. Dentist will normally prefer your jaw to have stopped growing before placing dental implants, depending on your agenda this is typically around 19 years old.
  6. Teeth grinders. If you grind your teeth excessively you may have a tendency to put extra pressure on the dental implant which may lead to implant failure. If you grind your teeth at night the dentist may overcome this problem by providing you with a night splint.
  7. Autoimmune diseases.
  8. Some drugs, particularly those which then the blood.
If you are at all concerned about your suitability for dental implants, please speak to your dentist.

What is the dental implants cost?

The cost of a dental implant is made up of the following:

  1. Initial consultation to discuss suitability and provide options.
  2. Dental implant planning appointment with a dental implant dentist.
  3. Case planning with the dental implant team including surgeon, restoring dentist and dental technician.
  4. Placement of the dental implant itself.
  5. Cleaning phase.
  6. Restorative phase including a trans-mucosal element which connects the dental implant its self onto the new crown (apart of the dental implant that you will see).
  7. The dental crown.
As you can see, the cost of a dental implant is made up of several components, each of them having a cost. It's possible to reduce/cut the costs of the dental implant treatment in some cases and you will always be provided with the best options for you. dental implants typically start at around £2000.

Can I get dental implants on the NHS?

We like to provide all patients with full access to every treatment option, giving you a range of solutions to any dental problem, we therefore do not offer dental implants on the NHS from our practice in Barnstaple. We do however offer unaffordable adult dental health plan which includes dental health checks, hygiene visits and 10% reduction on treatment fees. Click here for more information about our dental health plan. Association of Dental Implantology
The ADI aims to provide the public with an improved understanding of the benefits of implantology, and Members with the benefits of continuous skills development, safeguarding standards.