Losing a tooth in the upper or lower jaws for good has got to be one of the scariest experiences.
5-Star Rated Implant Dentists in Surrey
Did you know dental implants are one of the most popular, stable solutions to replace missing teeth?
This could be due to their 98% success rate and the fact that they can last forever!
As one of the area’s most sought-after and experienced implant dentists, you can trust that you are in good, caring hands with us.
Single Tooth Loss / Knocked Out Teeth
Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma.
Non-Adjacent Multiple Tooth Loss
Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row.
Total Tooth Loss / Full Mouth
For full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws.
Cheekbone Dental Implants
When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the
What are dental implants?
Implants are specifically designed to replicate your existing teeth.
They are permanently affixed to the bone in your jaw using a titanium screw that functions as an artificial root.
Dental implants provide a secure, natural-looking solution to close gaps caused by tooth loss.
We can use dental implants to restore one or more missing teeth, replace entire arches, or provide additional security for other restoration treatments like bridges or dentures.
The truth about implants
- Dental implants are decay-resistant
- Implants look like regular teeth as the crowns are constructed from natural ceramic
- Implant surgery is a well-established, safe procedure with a 98% success rate
- They can last for many decades and possibly even a lifetime
- Dental implants require a minimum of 3 months to heal. See stages.
The implant process
Patients from all over London and Surrey visit the Gentle Dental practice to receive life-changing restorative implant dentistry that renews their smiles.
The first step of the implant procedure is a general overview of your oral health, including an x-ray and scan of your teeth and jaw.
This determines whether your jaw has sufficient bone density to support an implant.
The entire process is often pain-free, feeling no different from tooth extraction.
Some discomfort may be experienced following surgery. However, this is soon alleviated in a few days with over-the-counter medications.
As pain is relative, we can easily say the procedure is pain-free and easy, but for some, it can be scary and can hurt. With nervous patients in particular, we find that their past memories of the dentist and their experience can make the procedure feel very daunting – but we’re here and there’s nothing to worry about.
Implant surgery is a standard procedure, and we’re qualified at our implant practice to offer multiple types of sedation from IV sedation to oral sedation. By using sedation dentistry, we can keep you conscious but make you feel so relaxed that you’ll likely have no memory of the procedure, and no memory = no pain.
Implant-Secured Denture & Bridge Treatments
Combining dentures and implants together for more affordable treatments and stability. Completely removable and easy to clean.
Similar to traditional bridges, implant bridges are more secure as they are supported by dental implants and not natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are a type of permanent overdenture supported by dental implants in the jawbone.
Implant procedure steps
- Everything will begin with a consultation, where essential treatment planning will begin using a CBCT scanner.
- Your experienced restorative dentist, Dr Ali Rifai, will position the implant into your jaw.
- The gums and the jaw bone are left to heal safely (osseointegration). This process typically takes three to six months but can be faster for some patients.
- When the implant is securely in place, the implant dentist will attach a high-quality crown, completing the process and securely holding the new tooth.
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Not only do implants have cosmetic benefits, but they also encourage the growth and repair of new bone in the jaw, improving the overall condition of your oral health.
When we lose a tooth, the surrounding bone begins to break down. With a dental implant, you can prevent or even reverse the effects of bone loss.
Dental implants are also long-lasting and can be maintained for upwards of 20 years with the correct aftercare.
If properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Otherwise, dental problems can cause issues with the functioning of our teeth and our self-esteem.
That’s why it is important to look after your implants as best as you can once you have had your procedure.
Avoid smoking: smoking can damage your implants the same way it can damage your teeth – it is best to avoid smoking generally in order to reduce the risk of discolouration, gum disease and mouth cancer. During the healing phases, smoking can interrupt the healing process meaning the implant may not fully integrate with the jaw if you continue to smoke in the first few days post-treatment.
Oral hygiene: We recommend caring for your implants the same way you would care for your natural teeth – brushing twice a day, cleaning the narrow gaps and hard to reach places and using mouthwash to eradicate and remaining bacteria that could lead to infection or bad breath.
General maintenance: Our relationship with our patients does not end as soon as the treatment does, we will be happy to continue meeting and offering more advice and check-ups to make sure your dental implants are in top condition. Our hygienists can also carry out professional cleaning of your implants, and they are fully trained in the optimum maintenance of the implants and will help you increase the lifespan of your implants. We recommend meeting our hygienists at least once a year.
Tooth loss is severe – and if you have ignored gaps for more than six months, you might likely face complications that could interfere with your implant surgery.
The truth is when you lose a tooth, other pressure is added to the surrounding, neighbouring teeth, which have to bear the weight. Because of this, bone loss in the jaw is widespread.
If there is an insufficient amount of bone in your jaw, you will likely need to undergo bone graft surgery – this will ensure that your implant is more secure and prevents the likelihood of it failing.
Sinus lifts or sinus augmentations may also be a necessary additional procedure that will make it easier for us to place implants. Sinus lifts help increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw as it adds more bone to the space between the molars.
Whilst these surgeries may seem unnecessary or scary. We must reassure you that these are often quite basic and straightforward procedures that go hand-in-hand with implant treatments.
Dental implant cost FAQs
Patients can save money on their dental implant treatment by combining implants with other procedures, for example, implant-retained dentures.
More than this, if patients are experiencing multiple tooth losses, we can only use four implants to replace teeth throughout the entire mouth.
Implant dentistry is not redeemable via the NHS. They are more likely to prescribe cheaper alternatives like dentures.
Whilst you will have to check with your particular provider, insurance typically does not cover the cost of dental implants. However, as dental implants are now more recognised for their durability, insurers are beginning to recognise their quality. More.