What are Dental Implants?
Dental 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.

Life Benefits Of Dental Implants?

  • When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding tissues start to resorb or disappear over time. When implants are placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow & mesh around the metal, along with tiny blood vessels.
  • Implants help restore function so you can eat, chew, and bite as usual.
  • Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.

Denture Stabilization with Dental Implants

If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, your ability to eat or speak may become affected. Thanks to advances in dentistry, there is a new procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants.

This treatment, known as implant overdentures or denture stabilization, offers patients with dentures a more permanent solution and can improve your quality of life significantly. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel comfortable when smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Twindent Dental Care for my implant treatment?
At Twindent Dental Care, We have experienced and skilled implant surgeons with a combined experience of about 19 years in placing implants. We use very well-researched and well-respected implant systems like Biohorizons and Strauman. As a team, we pride ourselves on having well-trained implant coordinators and nurses along with the state of the art technology and equipment which will assure our patients and us of the quality of treatment provided. Remember, we expect our implants to last for a very long time, possibly even for life, so there really isn’t any justification for taking a cost-cutting approach to such an important subject.

In choosing a clinic, we always recommend patients look carefully at the training of the surgeons and dentists involved, the materials used and the long-term backup provided. It’s also a good idea to visit our practice and meet with some of the team. That way, you’ll be able to make your mind up very quickly. Our experience is that the decision rarely comes down to price.

Will the implant treatment be very expensive?
It is perfectly normal to consider carefully the cost of any serious investment. It is a lot to spend on your mouth and it is down to each individual patient to decide if the improvements to the quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance are worthwhile. We only ever prescribe treatment that is necessary and would like to reiterate the fact that we are always there for you for the very important aftercare and maintenance of the implant treatment which is very important.

Will the implant treatment be very painful?
This is one of the most common concerns for people thinking about having an implant.

The majority of implants are placed under a normal dental local anaesthetic. Though the local anaesthetic injections can sting a little, we have systems in place to reduce the pain by using very thin needles and warm anaesthetic. We also have a computerized injection system which is called the wand which can provide pain-free injection. Once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful at all throughout your treatment. You will feel some pressing and pushing during the procedure as well as some vibration during the drilling stage, but this will not be sharp or painful in any way and your dentist will check to make sure you are completely numb before they start the surgery.

For bigger procedures such as multiple implants or complex cases, sedation can be provided. Sedation is not a general anaesthetic, but makes patients feel very comfortable and relaxed and they rarely remember much about the procedure afterward which is an advantage for many nervous patients.

Once the anaesthetic has worn o you may need to take over-the-counter painkillers but is not unusual to have a very minimal level of pain or even no pain whatsoever. During the first few days after surgery, it’s possible the gum may feel a little sore as it heals and you might wish to stick to soft foods that are easy to eat. With a single dental implant, you should be fine to go back to work the next day.

If my tooth is removed, will I be left with a gap?

There are a few factors which can make it necessary to wait for healing after tooth removal before an implant can be placed; the main factor being if there is any sign of infection. If the infection is present, we need to allow a healing phase of 8-12 weeks before we can place the implants.

There are some cases where we can go for Immediate Implants and then cover with immediate crowns or teeth, but that will depend on the suitability assessment done in the planning stage.

Don’t worry because you never need to have a gap if you don’t want one – there are all sorts of temporary solutions, both fixed and removable, to make sure there is no embarrassment at any stage through the implant process.

How long will the treatment take?
Normally the treatment times can be as little as 8-10 weeks from placement of the implant to fit of the final crown. However, sometimes treatment can take longer depending on the level of complexity of your case, with some patients not finishing for up to a year. The exact time frame will be ascertained from your comprehensive assessment including the CT scan done at the practice.

What happens if the implant fails? Is there any guarantee?

Any surgical procedure can have complications and dental implants are no exception. At the assessment stage, we look into all the potential side effects and complications if any, and those are explained to the patient. If there are any contraindications present, we may defer or cancel the treatment.

When an implant is placed, your bone then needs to grow onto and fuse to the implant, in a process known as Osseo integration, if it is to become a firm foundation for a crown. In the unlikely event that your bone fails to grow onto an implant, we offer the choice of either a 50% refund, or to replace the implant completely free of charge one more time. We have usually found that patients wish to try again and that a second failure is exceptionally rare.

We do regularly audit our success rates and have seen about a 95% rate in the last year which is a very impressive figure. Trained and experienced surgeons, dentists, coordinators and nurses help in providing a quality treatment which should last a long time.

My teeth are missing for a long time, can I still have implants?
Normally yes – We will do a comprehensive implant assessment of the mouth and jaw bone which includes, study models, photographs, and most important the 3D CT Scan which is in-house. We work with our experienced dental laboratories to give a long-term solution for our patients.

Very rarely we will explain that there is not enough bone to safely work with implants and then we have to consider alternative dental options with you and your dentist.

Can I replace all my teeth with implants?
Yes, we can and we are highly experienced at this pinnacle of dental implant treatments. You do not need one implant per tooth and can actually have as few as four implants to replace all of the upper or lower teeth. There are a variety of options for the type of bridgework supplied which can either be removable by you or fixed in place, so please see the relevant section of our website.

Can implants help with dentures?
Absolutely yes! Dentures are most patients’ nightmare due to the difficulty in wearing and the effect on all aspects of life. Small dentures can be replaced with just a few implants, or complete (full) dentures can either be held in position with implants or of course replaced with implants altogether – surely the most amazing dental transformation available. Implant-supported dentures provide the much-needed stability and confidence that the patient needs to eat and smile with ease.

Can I get my implant put at the time when the tooth is removed?
Yes, in some cases, our skilled surgeons and dentists can place an implant immediately after extraction in the socket, provided there is no infection around the socket and if it meets all the suitable criteria gone through the assessment. It can then be covered with a temporary tooth till the healing takes place. But most of the time, it is better to wait for the healing to take place before placing dental implants.

Don’t worry because you need never have a gap – there are several temporary replacement solutions available to make sure there is no embarrassment at any stage through the implant process.

How long will the implant last?
If the integration is successful and the area is well cared for and maintained with regular reviews and monitoring, an implant should last a lifetime.

It is possible to chip a crown or bridge on implants in the same way that it is possible to chip a tooth and sometimes the outer screw over the implants may become loose which can be easily corrected. We recommend annual reviews with x-rays to check the bone levels around the implants in addition to your regular check-ups with your dentist. We offer an annual review and you can enter one of our membership plans with check-ups and hygiene sessions to take care of the treated area.

Can I have dental implants if I am a smoker?
We now know that smoking does affect both natural teeth and implants. For natural teeth, smoking increases the risk of gum disease. For implants, smoking slightly increases the risks of complications at every stage of implant treatment. We would recommend stopping smoking to reduce any chances of implant failure in the long run.

Implants placement explained.

Full Mouth Dental Implants

What is the best way to replace all of your teeth?
Using implants to secure a denture is the most cost effective way of replacing all the teeth in one jaw. Implant-dentures rest on the gum but have 4 or more implants to hold them in place. This method addresses one of the significant problems that patients talk about with older style dentures – the fact that they will never sit still!

we regularly provide full mouth dental implants to replace all the teeth, as well as for single missing teeth, or a few missing teeth. Here we outline the best methods, the costs involved and information designed to help people choose between the different types of Full Mouth Implants available.

People visit us from across the UK, because of our ability to provide full jaw replacement teeth in a single sitting, with the final teeth!

It saves surgery time, and is, therefore, less expensive overall.

Complete Smile Transformation
We are regularly amazed at the life-changing effects of replacement teeth, transforming people’s lives is a privilege and a pleasure for us. In most cases, the new smile is better than the original teeth.

We do everything we can to both deliver high-quality components and high levels of care and to be affordable.

Same Day Full Mouth Dental Implants
We offer innovative whole and partial jaw dental implant techniques, practised over hundreds of cases, to enable full mouth implant teeth, fitted in a single visit.  We use the best possible quality implant materials, from a German manufacturer, Ankylos, which bond well with the jaw and last a long time to offer the best value.

Full Sets of Dental Implants
The whole jaw Dental Implants are all connected to a titanium frame which is immune to decay and ultra-reliable. The phrase ‘whole mouth’ implants will be a choice between a single jaw, or both, entirely up to the patient circumstances.

Using the very latest WeldOne implant techniques we build a customised and personalised frame for your jaw, which achieves the ultimate strength required to enable the same-day fitting of the final teeth.