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A dental implant is a restoration that replaces a whole tooth from root to crown. It looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. Implants are typically made from titanium, a safe and biocompatible material that is used in many other medical implants and surgical procedures.
An implant comprises a titanium root topped off with a restoration that gives the false tooth a realistic appearance and function. The titanium screw portion fits snugly in the bone tissue of your jaw. Only the upper portion is visible above your gums and this is covered with a dental restoration such as a crown or bridge or denture.
Dental implants are popular alternatives to other tooth replacements like bridges and partial or complete dentures. Implants are unique because they replace tooth roots and the visible upper portion of teeth, so they provide both functional and aesthetic value.
Dental implants fit in naturally with the rest of the teeth in your mouth. They are independent restorations that anchor directly to your bone, so they do not need to rest on your gums or other teeth for support.
Implants work just like natural teeth, and they can even increase the strength of your bite.
Dental implants do more than fill in gaps in your smile. They also preserve your tooth alignment by preventing your other teeth from shifting.
Just like natural tooth roots, implants stimulate the bone in your jaw and this prevents the bone loss that typically occurs when natural tooth roots are missing. Thus, dental implants will help to maintain the height and shape of your smile. If your smile has already started to sink and crease due to a lack of teeth, implants can fill it back out again.
Implant restorations look lifelike and no metal parts will be visible when you smile. No one will know that your implant is not a natural tooth.
You can enjoy improved nutrition with dental implants since they will enable you to eat all kinds of foods.
You will experience a major boost in your confidence that will stay with you for a lifetime. Dental implants will improve the appearance of your smile by replacing lost or damaged teeth. Because implants are so secure, they will also help you smile, laugh, eat, speak and sing with confidence as you will not have to worry about your false teeth falling out.
Dr Jonathan Allsopp has been placing dental implants since 1996 and has placed over 2,500 implants to date. He is a member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI) and the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).
Dr Mandeep Soorae brings five years of dental implant experience and Straumann-mentored training to our practice and is another respected Straumann dental implant dentist at Allsopp Dental.
Send us photos of your teeth along with your dental implant enquiry. We will respond with answers to your questions, a recommended treatment plan and a price estimate (subject to X-rays and scans).
At your in-person visit to our practice, you will have a complete dental examination. We will take all the digital records needed to plan your dental implant treatment and then present you with a full treatment plan and review your payment options. If you decide to pursue treatment, we will schedule the appointment to place your implant.
We use the latest dental implant technology including the Cadent iTero Intra-Oral Scanner & Digital Impression System and CBCT (3D) imaging to capture accurate images and plan your treatment.
Placing your dental implant is a brief and minimally invasive surgical procedure. Dr Allsopp or Dr Soorae will numb the implant site with a local anaesthetic, drill a small hole then place the implant screw. The site will then be left to heal.
Healing is the most crucial phase of the dental implant process. This is the time when the bone in your jaw will heal around and fuse with the implant screw in a natural process called osseointegration. It can take three to nine months for your implant to integrate with the bone, and it cannot serve as a fully functioning tooth until that happens. Once your healing process is complete, your implant will be ready for restoration.
We will take a digital scan of your implant to help us design your restoration. There are no messy dental impressions. We will place a temporary ‘tooth’, or scan body, in the implant site, and this will be the guide that helps the Straumann scanner accurately capture the position of your new restoration. After scanning your mouth, we will remove this guide and then schedule the appointment where you will receive your new implant crown or bridge.
At your final appointment, Dr Allsopp or Dr Soorae will fix your permanent restoration (one or more false teeth) to your implant abutment. They will check the fit to ensure it functions comfortably, and you will leave with a brand new smile.
It may take anywhere from four to twelve months From the day of your initial consultation at our Bridge Street dental practice until the day we place your permanent implant restoration.
Your total treatment time depends on factors like the number of implants you need, the complexity of your procedure, how quickly your body heals and the type of implant restoration you need.
We will provide you with an estimate of your total treatment time at your in-practice consultation. This estimate is subject to change, however. Our doctors will carefully monitor your healing progress to ensure that you receive your functional implant restorations at the optimal time.
You may have noticed that we often mention the Straumann brand when we talk about dental implants. This is because Straumann is the only brand that Dr Allsopp and Dr Soorae trust when providing the best possible treatment to their Walsall dental implant patients.
Straumann is a global brand known for excellence, innovation and quality in their tooth replacement solutions. The implants are backed by some 30 years of scientific experience, and Straumann has sold millions of them around the world. The company guarantees their products for life.
The doctors at our practice are Straumann Gold+ implant providers.
Your new dental implants will not have any sensation because implants are not connected to your nervous system. Other than that, your implants will feel very much like natural teeth when you chew with them.
Dental implants can help you enjoy an improved quality of life. As full tooth replacements, implants will allow you to:
Once your titanium-based dental implants have fused with the bone in your jaw, they will stay securely in place for many years. You should be able to enjoy your new implants for the rest of your life, provided you take good care of them.
Brushing and flossing are just as important for healthy dental implants as they are for healthy natural teeth. Although implants will not experience tooth decay, they can be weakened by gum disease.
Allowing dental plaque to accumulate on your implants can cause inflammation in the surrounding gum tissue and bone. This would compromise the bond between the implants and your bone, so keeping your implants clean is of the utmost importance.
Clean your implants at the same time you clean your natural teeth. Brush carefully along the gums around your implants twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Floss gently around your implants daily.
You may need to use special oral hygiene tools if you have a dental implant bridge or a fixed set of full-mouth implants. Our Allsopp dental team will happily show you specific techniques for cleaning your implant restoration.
Cleaning an implant denture is simple. Just remove and clean the prosthetic as you would any other denture. You will also have to clean around the implant abutments in your mouth.
We want to ensure that your dental implants stay healthy, comfortable and functional for many years to come. That is why we recommend that you visit our practice at regular intervals for professional implant maintenance. At these appointments, we will check on the seal of your implants and provide a specialised cleaning to remove plaque and tartar without damaging your implant or the restoration.
A habit of tightly clenching or grinding your teeth can damage dental implants. The excessive pressure could even make an implant come loose.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, then Dr Allsopp or Dr Soorae will either recommend an alternative treatment, or suggest ways you can minimise the impact of the habit on your implants.
Are you missing one or more teeth?
If so, you are already a likely candidate for dental implants.
These are the most important things you need to have to get dental implants:
There are some instances in which implants are not advisable.
For example, teenagers and children do not qualify for implants because the bone in their mouths is still growing and changing and cannot successfully retain a permanent dental implant.
Smoking can compromise the implant healing process. You will have a better chance of implant success if you do not smoke or if you can cut back on smoking during your implant treatment.
Unstable health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure or certain medical treatments such as radiation therapy can also make dental implant treatment inadvisable.
Finally, a dental implant needs plenty of healthy bone for support. If the bone in your jaw is shallow or if you have gum disease, then you may not be ready for implants. Fortunately, our team at Allsopp Dental will help you by recommending treatments that can restore your gums and the bone in your jaw.
There is no age limit for getting implants. The most important thing is to have good oral health, adequate bone in your jaw and stable overall health. Many individuals over the age of 60 have successfully received dental implants and experienced an improved quality of life.
It is possible to be too young for dental implants. Teenagers and children under the age of 18 do not qualify for implants because their jaws and teeth are still undergoing crucial development.
The best way to find out if implants are the right treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with a Walsall implant dentist like Dr Allsopp or Dr Soorae.
We will recommend the best tooth replacement solution that suits your unique needs and circumstances. If implants are not right for you, we will suggest alternative treatments or inform you of steps you can take to prepare your mouth for dental implants.
We want as many people in our Walsall community to experience the benefits of dental implant treatment. Implants are not covered by the NHS, but there are other ways to afford the treatment. We offer flexible financing options to make our dental implants as affordable as possible.
Dental implants fit in naturally with the rest of your teeth without putting pressure on other parts of your mouth. You may experience some discomfort after the surgical portion of your treatment, but once they have healed, your implants will be so comfortable that you won’t even notice them.
Dentures are plates of removable false teeth that rest directly on the teeth and gums. Implants are individual titanium posts that sit in the bone tissue and support restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures.
As long as you take good care of your dental implants, they have the potential to last a lifetime.
Yes, we strongly urge you to continue maintaining excellent oral hygiene after getting dental implants. Implants may not be real teeth, but you should treat them as such. Keep your implants clean with daily brushing and flossing to prevent gum infections that can compromise the health of your dental implants.
Dental implants themselves are not removable. Once an implant post has fused with your bone, it is there for life. Most restorations (false teeth) are fixed permanently to implants and are not removable. Implant dentures, however, attach to implants with clips which allow you to take them out for easy cleaning.
If you already wear dentures, then you may be an excellent candidate for full-mouth implants. You could choose between getting implants that attach to your denture or getting implants that support a permanent bridge. Schedule a consultation with one of our implant dentists to find out whether you are a candidate.
Dental implants are one of the most predictably successful treatments in dentistry, with a success rate of 96–98%.
Here’s how to plan and schedule dental implant treatment at Allsopp Dental.
Send us your details or give us a call. We will then send you a link for so you can send us just a few photos of your teeth.
Take a few pictures of your smile and then upload them through the link we give you. We will review your photos before your free remote consultation.
We will arrange a call to review your treatment plan, answer your questions, and chat through what treatment would be possible for you.
Your first COVID-safe visit to our practice costs only £100 and will include all essential assessments and diagnostic imaging.
Before proceeding with your treatment, we will review your medical and dental health, discuss treatment considerations and schedule any other necessary treatment such as an oral hygiene appointment.