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The term 'dental implant' is often used as a collective noun for a three part process:
A dental implant is as close as we dentists can get to replacing a missing natural tooth – the era of routinely growing replacement human teeth is still a dream of the future.
The term 'dental implant' is often used as a collective noun for a three part process:
Firstly, a titanium fixture or screw is placed into the jawbone.

Then a connecting part or abutment that links the screw to the
crown is installed.
The crown itself is the part that looks like a natural tooth and we
carefully craft this to match the patient's existing teeth perfectly.

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Make an excellent first impression

We rarely have a second chance to make a great first impression and a confident smile is an essential tool we can use to do this. However, there are a staggering number of people who are embarrassed by their smiles. This is often a consequence of missing teeth, unsightly or failing bridges or poorly fitting, removable dentures, all of which can be improved with dental implants. Implants look, feel and work like the real thing and can be used to provide a secure anchor for dentures and bridges.

Around 27 million adults in the UK have at least one tooth missing and around 10% have none of their own teeth. Whilst tooth loss is not a life-threatening condition, in modern Western society it can have a significant effect on a person's everyday life. Even one missing tooth can cause tipping, drifting and the possible loss of remaining teeth – similar to a domino effect.

Despite the fact that modern foods are increasingly processed, several missing teeth can lead to decreased chewing ability and in extreme cases, particularly frail people can suffer malnutrition if their diet is not carefully monitored.

Perhaps even more important than function is the aesthetic consequence and damage to self-esteem that tooth loss can have on a person.

Dental Implant brands

There are many commercial makes of implants that vary in design and general characteristics. The major difference between these makes is how long a particular implant manufacturer has been operating and how much they invest in researching and developing their products.

An easy comparison is the car industry. All cars will take you from A to B but some will get you there more safely and in greater comfort. A dental implant is placed into one's body and becomes a part of it, so it makes sense to choose an implant manufacturer that is backed by sound research.

The type of dental implants we use in our practice are of the highest quality and are manufactured in Sweden by one of the leading implant companies - AstraTech Dental ( These implants have a unique surface that promotes faster healing and a proven ability to maintain gum and bone levels to ensure long-lasting results.

Another major advantage of the AstraTech system is the ability to create a custom-made abutment, the part of the implant that supports the crown. This is a high-end technology that helps to create the most biocompatible crown.

There are two types of abutments – stock-made and custom-made. The majority of dentists use stock-made because they are cheaper.

Stock abutments come in three sizes: small, standard and large. When stock abutments are used implant crowns end up looking like mushrooms – wide crown on a narrow stem. The custom abutment recreates natural tooth anatomy and facilitates plaque control in the area of the implant crown.
How it works
We use custom-made abutments that are specifically milled for each patient because they provide a better outcome. Unlike most dentists, we offer this treatment as standard, without additional charge.

Dental implants can be used to replace single, multiple or all teeth. Following an examination, your dentist will determine the exact number of implants required and the most appropriate design of the crown or a bridge.
There is a wide variation in the cost of dental implant treatment and, as is so often the case, you get what you pay for.
Make an informed decision

Whilst it may be tempting to have cheaper treatment abroad, one needs to consider that if treatment does not go according to plan, multiple trips abroad can end up costing more than having an implant placed in the UK. Also when a cheaper, less common implant system is used it may not be
possible to find a dentist who has the compatible tools.

Another aspect to consider is that few dentists will be willing to take responsibility for someone else's complex implant work, so even in the case of a minor problem, one may need to travel abroad again to have it rectified.

Implant treatment cost does not only reflect the cost of implant components. The major determining factor of successful implant treatment is the experience and confidence of the implantologist. There are a few situations when implants may not be the most suitable treatment option, for example when extensive bone grafting is required.

We have extensive training and experience both within implant dentistry and traditional prosthodontics (crown and bridgework). Dr Papadopoulos received formal training in the field of restorative dentistry in one of the leading UK dental schools at the University of Leeds and he further expanded his knowledge in the field of dental implantology at the world-renowned Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California. Dr. Papadopoulos is constantly updating his knowledge and aims to stay at the forefront of the profession.

Dr Papadopoulos has place more than 700 implants and offers a highly professional, gentle dental service alongside impartial advice that is in the patient's best interest.
Implants can help improve your quality of life
Implant-supported crowns and bridges can be highly aesthetic and because they are fixed, you do not need to worry about old crowns becoming loose or dentures falling out in the middle of a business meeting or social event. Unsightly crowns and metal denture clasps will also become a thing of the past with dental implants.
Enjoy better oral health and function

Missing or loose teeth, dentures and crowns affect your chewing ability. When your front teeth are not secure, your food choices are severely hampered making it virtually impossible to bite into an apple or even eat a sandwich with ease. Dental implants function very much like natural, healthy teeth, so you can enjoy all of your favourite foods with comfort and peace of mind.

We often do not cherish what we are given for free. Dental implant treatment can make people more disciplined and more likely to follow a prescribed oral hygiene regime. When implants are mixed with natural teeth, this improved oral hygiene also benefits
the remaining teeth and gums.

Dental implants also help to maintain the tissue, leading to more predictable oral health. Tooth flare as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, failing crowns or poorly fitting dentures can significantly affect your speech and confidence. This is particularly important if your job depends on interaction with people. Because implants are fixed you can be confident when you speak to your colleagues or friends.

It may be possible to maintain failing teeth crown and bridges for a fairly long time. However, dental implants can provide a more predictable and long-lasting solution because they are made from pure titanium and cannot decay. With adequate care, implants can last a lifetime.
A long-term investment in your smile
Many people missing one or several back teeth often do not seek any treatment. They may be very comfortable eating and feel that their appearance has not been compromised. Why replace missing teeth then? You need to think long term to realise the significance of a missing single tooth. Teeth are lost for a reason and this is usually as a result of tooth decay or gum disease.

After tooth extraction the surrounding gum and bone tend to shrink away. In extreme cases this can affect your facial profile resulting in a hollowed-out appearance.

Whilst one or several missing back teeth may not be a major problem in the short term, this can have significant effect on overall oral health in the long term. The remaining teeth will take greater stresses and load when eating, and this may cause a person to use their front teeth for chewing - something they are not designed for.

Any remaining crowns and bridges, if present, are likely to fail sooner due to overload. This will result in sequential or simultaneous failure of the remaining teeth. Furthermore, the longer the tooth is absent the more likely bone enhancement – to repair and replace any missing bone - is required before dental implants can be placed.

Dental implants are often a significantly advantageous treatment option to crowns, fixed bridges or removable dentures for a reason.
Implants versus bridges and dentures

Traditionally, the alternatives to dental implants were fixed bridges or removable dentures.

Failing root canal fillings coupled with infection are
a common reason for dental abscesses. Quite often these teeth are extracted as an emergency treatment. However, sometimes an attempt can be made to save these teeth by redoing the root canal filling and making a new crown for the tooth. This treatment has a fairly low success rate and costs are comparable or even higher than replacing a tooth with a dental implant.

Long-standing tooth infection can result in a significant loss of the surrounding bone rendering future implant treatment more challenging. In these cases dental implants offer a better and more cost effective long-term solution.

Missing teeth can be replaced by a fixed bridge, which involves filing down the adjacent teeth to provide space for the supporting crowns. This process destroys healthy tooth tissue, permanently. All crowns and bridges leak, meaning that bugs can get between the crown surface and the tooth, leading to tooth decay. Additionally, it is more difficult to maintain adequate oral hygiene between linked crowns.

When a dental bridge fails, the supporting teeth may be beyond restoration and may require extraction. Bridging multiple missing teeth can lead to problems in the future and there is also a limit to how many teeth can be replaced by a fixed bridge.

Implants offer a very good alternative to fixed bridges because the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth can be left in their present condition meaning it is not necessary to grind down healthy tissue.

It is easier to maintain plaque control around implant crowns, as it is easier to floss between separate teeth than it is with a bridge. Gum and bone in the area of an implant are also maintained leading to more stability in the future. Dental implants are also more cost-efficient than bridges in the long term.

Dentures have long been used to replace multiple missing teeth. The major disadvantage of a denture is the fact that it is removable. Removable dentures have a negative effect on the remaining teeth and gums that derive their support and retention from the remaining teeth and put significant pressure on soft gums. An excessive load on the soft gum tissue by a denture can cause chronic gum irritation and negatively affect oral hygiene.

Dentures can cause rapid loss of bone in the areas of remaining teeth, further compromising their stability and long-term denture wear can result in a severe bone loss. Dental implants can be used to stabilise an existing denture or can replace a denture by fitting a fixed implant bridge or implant- supported denture. These can be made thinner and slicker, putting less stress on the gums. It is often possible to replace removable dentures with fully fixed and secure dental implant bridges.

After implant treatment, patients previously wearing dentures notice significant improvement in their quality of life and are able to enjoy foods previously denied them, without worrying about denture mobility.

Recent advances in dental implant science allow less traumatic, more accurate placement of dental implants using 3D bone scans. Shorter titanium screws can be used to reduce the need for bone enhancement and highly aesthetic crowns are available that are indistinguishable from a natural tooth.
A highly successful treatment
Dental implant placement is very predictable but an implant's long-term success significantly depends on how well it is cared for. Implants can fail due to gum disease, as can natural teeth, so it is very important to keep implants and remaining teeth clean and have them regularly checked.

Treatment time usually takes between 2 and 6 months and depends on the complexity of the case and the severity of any gum disease. A failing tooth will have to be removed and the gum left to heal for around eight weeks before the implant can be fitted. After an implant screw is placed, it is left to heal for at least three months and the final fitting of a crown can take a few weeks to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
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