Dental implants involve an artificial tooth root which is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or dental bridge. This makes it a really good long-lasting alternative to dentures and the perfect solution for missing teeth. An implant may not be the same as having your own tooth but it’s the next best thing.
In this video Glasgow dentist Dr Brendan Murphy explains what is involved when you get a dental implant at his practice in Glasgow.
He also talks about implant aftercare and explains what you can and cannot eat after a tooth implant.
Dr Murphy is an experienced implantologist, attending international courses and with a particular interest in the latest advances in implant technology.
I've just finished my first three implants and because I am so happy with them I'm getting more done now.
Innes: Implant Patient
Brendan stuck with me and for the first time in many years I don't have any pain in the lower part of my mouth.
May: Implant patient
I had very bad teeth at the top and now I have a beautiful smile! The staff have been wonderful, very welcoming.
Alison: Implant patient
Innes, a dental implant patient in Glasgow describes his experience at Appletree Dental Care, how he damaged his own front teeth, how he felt about his missing teeth and how he found the experience of getting dental implants fitted.
Your implant treatment involves at least two visits to the dental surgery:
The whole process of an implant was well explained as were the time frames.The time and effort he put into the process was incredible.
Matt - 5 star review on Google
Review of implant for front upper tooth After number of years my front upper tooth root had resorbed which left it unstable and loose. This was pretty traumatic for myself. After researching a number of options and going for a number consultations, Brendan and his team really stood out making me feel at ease. The process was excellent and result is I have an implant that feels and looks better than I could hope for. I can't recommend the guys highly enough. If you are looking for an implant go see them straight away! Finance option was very easy process. I would give 6 out of 5!
Tom Mitchell - 5 star review on Google
I recently had an implant at this practice after a recommendation from a friend. Brendan was charming and I felt extremely confident that he was going to do a great job from the first consultation and that was indeed the case. I'm absolutely delighted with my new implant and the treatment and service I received at this practice. Of the rest of the staff, the dental nurses are great and the receptionists are really helpful and go out of their way to accommodate appointments.
I only came to this practice for an implant as my original dentist didn't do implants but I have now changed to this dental practice. Also Laura the Hygienist is the best and most effective hygienist I have ever been to. I have since recommended my husband who has also had an implant and had an equally good experience with Appletree Dental Care.
I had an implant fitted by Brendan after an implant fitted abroad had failed. Brendan was meticulous in ensuring that everything was done to make the new implant take after the damage caused with the previous attempt. I can’t thank him enough for his work and the attitude of all the staff I dealt with along the way. Fantastic.
I’m half way through the implants process. The staff at Appletree build a trusting relationship with the patient so that helped reduce anxiety. The biggest procedure was no worse than going to the hairdresser. The aftercare advice & follow up is superb.
After losing my front tooth to an abscess and being fitted with a dental plate, I was at my wit's end trying to tolerate the denture. I hated it! After some internet research I made an initial free consultation appointment with Dr Brendan Murphy to inquire about an implant. After his clear and concise explanation I decided to go ahead with the implant and I can say that i'm really glad I did. Six months after starting treatment I had my final appointment today to check the tooth that was fitted two weeks ago and was discharged until a years time for a follow up. I am delighted with the result. Brendan and his staff were welcoming, professional and highly skilled in what they do. They put me at ease and made sure I was fully informed of all stages of the procedures being carried out at the time. Would highly recommend them to anyone thinking about implants. Thank you for restoring my smile.
Lesley Kavanagh - Glasgow
Let's break down the cost of dental implants:
It is possible to fix dentures or removable appliances to implants and this offers considerably greater resistance to movement when eating more challenging foods such as steak or biting into apples. Removable appliances vary in cost from £1900-3900 depending on whether they involve gold abutments or a titanium bar to lock the denture in situ. They are fabricated with the very best technical expertise to offer highly cosmetic, anatomically formed acrylics and individually placed teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry involves much more than simply replacing enamel with composite or porcelain. The facial profile, lip support and gum positions must be considered after tooth loss. This is particularly true when teeth were removed many years ago or the event was preceded by advanced gum disease and associated bone loss.
The best dental implants are technically very advanced and we constantly review our the technology we use to make sure our patients get great service and value for money.
Most patients would say no. Implants are placed with a lot of irrigation using saline which helps to keep them nice and cool.
The treatment is done in a very controlled environment. and you’re also 100% numb when we’re placing implants.
There may be swelling afterwards, possibly some bruising and discomfort for two or three days but that will usually settle
We will usually supply you with some anti-inflammatories and perhaps some antibiotics to reduce any post operative infection, swelling or pain.
After you’ve had an implant, you can more or less carry on as if the implant is one of your own teeth.
There are some good photographs of implant work before and after dental surgery for you to view in our gallery.
Many of these pictures of dental implants illustrate the challenges and rewards of modern tooth replacement.
If you have any questions about these cases or would like to know more about the different types of implants please contact our Glasgow practice today.
The exact timetable might vary by patient but generally it looks like this:
The implant process always involves a full consultation. We may not take the X-rays at this first consultation itself but we do like to have a good picture of things before we commit to the longer appointments. There may be a scan as well and impressions of your teeth so that we can take a look at the ridge of gum ready, hopefully to accept an implant
The appointment for the implant itself will usually come six to eight weeks if possible after the tooth comes out. This is so that any infection settles and the area is well-healed.
Total treatment time will very often be as long as four or five or even six months. Sometimes we can turn things around in three months but the gums have to heal after implants are placed and they have to be in the final resting place before the crown or bridgework.
The next major appointment is for the fitting of the restoration, whether it is a crown or bridgework, on the implants. Sometimes it might actually be dentures that are fixed onto implants with other components, precision attachments.
The fitting of the restoration is an important moment for the patient. You’ll be given a mirror as we go along so that you can see the quality of the result and to make sure you are happy before go ahead and fit the crown, bridge or denture finally into place.
A classic and very well-established dental restoration is to fix several teeth onto four implants, often referred to as All On Four. How much do All on Four cost? When fabricated in acrylic this will cost £5900-7900 per jaw and can provide 12-14 teeth.
If porcelain bridgework on four implants is the chosen final restoration then All On Four is still feasible but limited to ten teeth. This will cost £12000 per jaw.
There is no doubt about it implants costs a lot of money - although dental costs in Scotland are not as high as in many countries. However we do have dental finance options to help spread the cost. And remember: we offer you a free dental consultation initially involving a 20 minute appointment with one of our implant dentists in our Glasgow clinic. This is when you can discuss the pros and cons without any prior commitment.
Appletree Dental Care is where I refer patients for implants, cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation. Every one has been delighted with their new smile - Louise Richardson, Glasgow Dentist
When you visit our Glasgow dental clinic we try to give you as much information as possible about implant surgery and always take time to help you understand the importance of aftercare and routine hygiene. We will advise you on the best dental implants for your situation and make sure we spell out the cost of implants and your finance options.
Once your implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and your new teeth are comfortable and correctly adjusted, it is the quality of your home care, and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews, that will most influence how long they will last and whether you end up with a healthy smile.
When poorly cared for, implants develop a covering of deposits similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, these can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort, just as can occur around natural teeth.
We often say tooth implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
Well-maintained implants, placed into adequate bone, can be expected to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants such as hip replacements there is no lifetime guarantee.
Once successfully placed, integrated and restored, they should provide many years of satisfactory appearance and function. We provide you with up to date percentage success rates to assist you in making an informed decision.
Long term results of this type of cosmetic dentistry are dependent on good oral hygiene, regular professional cleaning and monitoring as advised. Patients should clean between their teeth and implants once daily, in addition to normal brushing.
This interdental cleaning should be with floss or interdental brushes. Without regular checkups, hygiene visits and X-rays (to monitor bone levels), patients risk the long term health of the gums and bone around implants.
This is a key issue in implant dentistry. We often discuss the effect of smoking on teeth generally but more specifically nowadays on implant healing.
While some dentists report that there is a small increased risk of an implant failing to integrate, the major effect of smoking is on the long-term health of the gums around the implants.
We certainly see an increased incidence of gum disease around implants in smokers and this mirrors the effect of nicotine on the gums around natural teeth. This is something you must be aware of and smokers run the risk of increased long term failures. The best advice is always to stop smoking.
Smoking cessation often involves nicotine replacement. Unfortunately nicotine in any form is detrimental to gums and bone when used for a sustained period.
Our implant patients tend to experience only mild discomfort after surgery and the dentist will always give instructions on how manage any pain which might occur. Here are a few other recommendations for patients who have just had implants:
However these are general post-surgery recommendations. Check with the dental clinic team after your own implant surgery.
Implant surgery generally has a success rate of better than 95% over 5 years according most current clinical research. Of course that still means 5% are failing within that time.
Over recent years we have seen success rates in our Glasgow clinics increase slightly to around 97%. We have placed several hundred implants over the last ten years - long enough to see a few failures in amongst all the successes.
We are very fortunate that last year we had absolutely no failures of implants. We didn’t remove one single fixture as a result of infection or pain or any issues at all.
However our stated aim is always to ensure that we replace any failed implant free of charge within the first year. And if it integrates well beyond that first year there tend not to be problems.
In the case of a failing implant it is usually possible to replace it after a few months and this will normally be done (within one year of placement) at no additional cost to you.
It is extremely rare for two successive implants to fail and if failure occurs it is usually in the first or second year.
Dental surgeons in our clinic prefer to wait until they are confident of implant integration before restoring it in order to secure the best prognosis for your new tooth.
Once integrated and functioning, the overall research shows that you have in excess of a 90% chance of any implant still performing well after 25 years. Implants are therefore a long term and predictable treatment option, often for a lifetime.
There is around a 20% risk of swelling +/- bruising following implant surgery and a slight risk (of 1%) that an adjacent tooth can be damaged leading to requirement of root canal treatment. This compares to a risk of 20% during crown or bridge preparation.
When working in the lower molar area there is a chance of damage to adjacent nerves. This can cause temporary numbness or pain and is very rarely permanent. A scan is advisable when bone levels are limited in this and other areas.
If you are interested in hearing more about dental implant surgery please contact us today to talk it through with one of our dentists.
For more information on implants take a look at the Association of Dental Implantology website.
The British Dental Health Association also has advice on dental implants.