Implants

The loss or absence of teeth  through dental disease, accident or congenital defect, not only affects your appearance and confidence, it can also hinder your speech and ability to eat and enjoy food.

Dental implants

  • Replace one or more lost teeth
  • Hold prostheses securely in the mouth
  • Are scientifically researched and proven
  • Successful in over 96% of cases (our success rate is over 99%)
  • Improve your quality of life

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, placed in the jawbone during a minor operation. They are made from titanium or titanium alloy, which allows the implant to fuse to the bone in a process known as Osseointegration. Following the appropriate healing period, the process is completed by attaching a crown or a bridge to the new implant. Alternatively, two or more implants can be placed to secure loose and uncomfortable dentures, giving denture wearers the confidence to eat, smile and speak in public.

Same day implants – immediate replacement

implant1We use all of the latest technology and it means you can walk out of the implant procedure with fully functioning teeth – all in one day

Where conditions allow, the failed tooth can be removed and at the same time the replacement implant inserted. In certain situations the replacement teeth can be fitted on top of the implant on the same day. This means that treatment can progress more quickly and with a reduced number of operations.

During your consultation appointment we will assess your suitability for implants and guide you through the best treatment planning options for the best care. If the best aesthetic results can come quickly then we will deliver that. However we pride our selves on how good our treatment is, not how quickly it can be done, and we will not compromise long-term success for better cash flow and short-term outcomes.

Missing Teeth Solution

Replacing teeth with implants has several major advantages over traditional methods;

  • Implants look, feel and function like a natural tooth
  • The procedure does not require adjacent teeth to be ‘cut back’
  • The implant replaces the tooth root, which preserves the bone.
  • They prevent bone collapse and provide better long-term aesthetics.

Single tooth

Implants provide an excellent way of both aesthetically and functionally closing the gap created by the loss of a single tooth.

implant2If the gap is left other teeth can move and tilt forward or over erupt from above into the space, causing crowding and lengthening of existing teeth.

Large gaps

implant3In these cases too, implants provide an ideal alternative to conventional methods. The implants serve as additional supporting abutments for carrying a bridge and therefore don’t damage adjacent teeth.

Dental Hygiene Programme for implant patients

Periodontal Therapy

Good oral hygiene is vital to the success of your implant treatment.

At Portlethen Dental Care  the hygienist plays an active part in your overall oral health care to ensure this.

The role of the hygienist is to ensure that you understand the importance of your periodontal health in relation to the long – term success of your treatment, before it begins. As part of this a Periodontal Examination is often necessary to remove any plaque and tartar, to chart any problem areas and to design an ongoing maintenance plan, which will help you care for your implants once they have been placed.

Loose Dentures

Dentures that are not very well retained can benefit from the use of dental implants to help secure them in place and greatly improve function and comfort.

Toothless jaws

implant4If no teeth are left, implants can be utilised in two ways.
They are often used as rigid support for a bar-borne removable denture, these are lightweight and very stable.
Or alternatively, up to 8 implants can be placed into the jaw onto which a permanent bridge is attached. In both cases they remove the need for any plastic plate associated with normal dentures.

Nervous?

Conscious Sedation

Our treatment is always delivered gently with careful consideration of your comfort in a relaxed and stress free environment. Dental implants are routinely provided under local aesthetic either with or without sedation, depending on your choice. However we can offer Sedation for nervous patients or for those who wish to feel more relaxed throughout the treatment.

There are 2 main types of conscious sedation

Intravenous Sedation

The standard method for intravenous (IV) sedation is a small injection of Midazolam,  (a type of  ‘Valium’) given to you through a vein in the back of you hand or in your arm.

Oral Sedation

A tablet (often Tempazepam) taken one hour prior to your appointment can take the edge off any anxiety.

Before any sedation is given we undertake careful medical screening to assess your suitability. During the treatment the team, to ensure your safety, carefully monitors your blood oxygen levels, heart rate and blood pressure.

Sedation instruction

If you are opting for sedation we will go over the patient advice leaflet with you during your consultation. This ensures you understand our sedation protocols before you come for your sedation appointment.

Implant Price Guide

We are so confident in our work that we guarantee what we do.

Implants – 10-year guarantee

Any implant failing to integrate will be removed and if considered necessary for the long-term success of the case, will be replaced at no additional cost.

Restorations – 5-year guarantee

On implant and premier restorative work completed by Portlethen Dental Care; any fractures or failures of porcelain or other prosthodontic components will be repaired or replaced at no additional cost. It is important that patients who grind their teeth should wear the night guard/bite plate, which will be given to them with the permanent teeth.

Conditions of guarantee

  • The patient must attend annually for clinical evaluation, x-rays and periodontal assessment.
  • The patient must carry out cleaning instructions in order to maintain reasonably good oral hygiene. Failure to clean the teeth properly as instructed will result in food entrapment, which could result in infection & implant loss.

Where instructed a night guard/bite plate must be worn.

Fees

Initial consultation £50
OPG £37
CT Scan £250
Implant single placement £1085
Denture attachment from( per implant) £598
Conscious sedation £150

Crowns

The cost of a crown depends on the amount of clinical time, laboratory time and materials/equipment used. We use high quality labs in Dundee, Glasgow and crieff to get the best result for you.

Porcelain bonded

Precious metal, maximum strength crowns bonded to tooth coloured porcelain. Good strength and lovely cosmetics. £960

Beautiful Zirconia

Where aesthetics are of paramount importance and strength is the key to success. We use tooth coloured materials at the core. £1085

Frequently Asked Questions about implants

How much does an Implant cost?

The initial costs of an implant treatment vary depending on the complexity of each case: how many implants are needed, is bone augmentation required? A cost plan can only be developed once these issues have been addressed. Factors to be considered include the surgery itself, lab work, the prosthesis and the dentist’s and dental technician’s fees. Although associated with greater initial investments, in many cases dental implants may offer a more economical solution in the long term.

What are the Risks?

The risk is very low but this does Depend on medical or other conditions of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene, limited healing of the wound due to pre-existing conditions (for example diabetes and osteoporosis) may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place. Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.

Does it hurt?

Dental implants are generally inserted under local anesthetic to help minimise discomfort during the operation. If you experience any doubts about the condition of the implant site after the procedure, please make sure to consult with your dentist.

How many people are more satisfied with an implant over conventional treatment?

According to a survey carried out with 10,000 patients in Germany (Riegl Survey 6), 66 percent of those questioned were “extremely happy” with their implant-supported restorations, 31 percent indicated they were “happy”. Of patients having conventional restorations, only 42 percent claimed to be “extremely happy” and 44 percent said they were generally “happy.”

What are the success rates?

Long-term surveys have shown that Straumann implants have a survival rate of up to 98 percent. Patients can count on reliable solutions as Straumann makes no compromises on quality.

How do I care for my implant?

Clean first, then implant, then clean again. Impeccable oral hygiene is vital before an implant can be placed. After insertion, patients should be aware of the fact that teeth need to be carefully looked after, irrespective of whether they are real or artificial. Diligent oral hygiene helps to ensure satisfactory results. Regular check-ups and preventative appointments at the dentist are also necessary.

Are their age limitations?

Never too old: As soon as the jaw has stopped growing it is possible to insert implants. In young patients, dental implants can therefore only be used once their jaw bones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.
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