Who would benefit?
Patients who have one or more teeth missing and wish to restore their full smile and good function. Teeth can be lost through accident or illness and can have a negative impact on life. Partial and full dentures can fit poorly and patients often have difficulty keeping their full plate in their mouth when talking, eating, speaking and laughing. With dental implants, crowns, bridges or removable prosthetics are securely anchored to integrated implants. This eliminates many of the main problems of conventional prosthesis - poor fit, gum irritation, pressure points and speech and taste impairment. It can also help maintain a youthful appearance as when teeth are missing, the bone begins to resorb over time and significant bone loss can shrink the contours of the jaw bone, causing wrinkled lips and shrunken mouth and chin. Dental implants can help counteract that by restoring the natural facial contours and further preventing resorption of the jaw bone and stimulating bone growth and helping stopping bone loss.
Implant supported restorations provide the closest alternative to natural teeth. The result is an aesthetically comfortable, reliable and stress-free solution and can be expected to last for many years or decades.
Am I suitable for the implants?
More than 90% of people are suitable candidates for implants treatment.
You will need a full assessment with a Consultant Maxillo-facial surgeon and/or a dental practitioner fully trained in implantology. Healthy gums and good oral hygiene will be critical to a good outcome. Severe bone loss can also be treated with Zygomatic implants whihc are anchored at a higher level. if you have uncontrolled gum disease this would need to be resolved before having treatment. It must be noted that smoking and some other clinical conditions may intefere with an implants integration, but you will be assessed and advised at an early stage of treatment.
How is the treatment carried out?
For a single tooth the whole process can take place within a dental practice setting with our fully trained implantologist. Mr Stuart Graham is based at Hesslewood Lodge Dental Practice.
More complex procedures and/or multiple teeth may need to be carried out by Consultant Maxillo-Facial Surgeon Mr Martin Cope and Stuart Graham under sedation or a general anaesthetic here at Spire. Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital is fully equipped to support the more complex implant treatment cases.
How many stages are involved?
You will need a full initial assessment prior to a series of preparatory appointments. Following assessment you will be given a written treatment plan, appointment scedule and costing
From here any further information required will be provided to ensure you are able to ask any questions before agreeing to proceed.
More complex cases require more visits, but often a series of 5 or 6 appointments will be required.
How long does it take to get the final teeth in place?
From the first assessment treatment plans vary depending on how many teeth are being replaced. On average, the process can take approximately 5-6 months, however immediate restoration with implants is often possible, particularly if full arch treatments are provided (including several months for implant integration).
Duration of stay?
If you need the implant placement procedure in the hopspital setting under general anaesthetic you will normally be an overnight stay.
Time in operating theatre?
You may be in theatre between 2 to 3 hours for complex cases
In the first week following treatment, mouthwash only then careful brushing - techniques tailored to each case. Usaully patients can be expected to eat soft foods immediately after implants and bridgework is placed.
The initial consultation and assessment is with both the implantologist and surgeon and includes x-ray pictures and is from £120-£290. Initial assessment/consultation will cost £130 with additional fees for radiographs.
Completed single tooth treatment will cost from £2200, depending on necessity for other procedures (hygienist, additional augmentation)
More complictaed treatement may cost up to £15,000 for the "all-on-4" treatment, or £20,000 for Zygomatic implants but this price will cover all stages of the treatment plan.
Some insurers may cover the the first appointment charges and the surgical part of the procedure. Mr Martin Cope and Stuart Graham will be able to check this for you after your first assessment.
Smokers have double the risk of early failure and high risk of pooer long term success. Smoking should be stopped at least 2 weeks before implant placement and for eight weeks afterwards - implant patients should ideally stop smoking altogether.