What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth comprising an implant (the root), an abutment that connects the implant with the crown (restoration) and the crown which is visible above the gum line.

How do they work?

An implant is a titanium screw that fuses to the jawbone, onto which specially sculpted crowns or dentures are attached.

Crowns are designed by our dentist and sculpted in our dental lab to function like normal teeth and blend in perfectly with healthy neighbouring teeth.

Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants are a simple, effective and minimally-invasive way to restore your natural smile, and your confidence.

  • Dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth
  • They are durable and longer lasting
  • The jawbone and gum are kept healthy and intact
  • Healthy neighbouring teeth are not affected

What types of implant are available?

Single dental implants

Restore function and appearance quickly and easily by replacing a single missing tooth with a single dental implant or several missing or severely damaged teeth with multiple dental implants.

A single dental implant comprises a titanium screw inserted into the bone of your upper or lower jaw, onto which a specially sculpted or bespoke porcelain crown is attached to blend in with neighbouring teeth.

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All-on-4 dental implants

Our revolutionary All-on-4 dental implant procedure is the ideal solution to replacing missing, damaged or unsightly teeth as well as ill-fitting, uncomfortable and unsightly dentures. These permanently-fixed implants will look, feel and function like natural healthy teeth.

Find out more about the revolutionary All-on-4 dental implant procedure

Zygomatic dental implants

If you have insufficient bone for the normal All-on-4 procedure then zygomatic dental implants are the perfect solution for providing a secure foundation for teeth replacements and bridges.

Find out more about the All-on-4 procedure with zygomatic dental implants

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Teeth in a Day

Our dental implant Teeth in a Day options minimise discomfort, anxiety and inconvenience as they can be placed in one sitting rather than several.

We have completed numerous All-on-4 procedures in a day using a temporary bridge until your implants have fully integrated (fused) with the bone of your upper and (or) lower jaw.

Find out more about our Teeth in a Day options

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Implant supported bridges

If you have two or more missing teeth, then an implant-supported bridge using two implants to support three or more connected crowns is a more stable solution.

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Implant retained dentures

Do you wear dentures? Are they uncomfortable, ill-fitting, and loose? Are you fed up with using unpleasant adhesive?

Implant retained dentures are secured to dental implants placed in your jawbone, providing a reliable firm support.

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Why Choose Arnica for Dental Implants

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Reliability and durability

We use exceptional-quality dental implant materials and components from two of the world’s best dental implant system providers Nobel Biocare and Straumann.

Look, feel and function like natural healthy teeth

Working with highly skilled lab technicians we pay particular attention to the look and feel of your restorations (tooth-like part of the dental implant).
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In safe hands

Your dental implants will be placed by highly skilled dental implant surgeons who are experienced in a wide range of complex surgical procedures.
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Peace of mind

You can rely on a Centre of Excellence for Dentistry, trusted by over 100 referral dentists who refer patients to us for complex surgical procedures including dental implants.

Pain free, stress free

We are one of only a handful of practices in the region qualified to administer IV (Intravenous) and AI (Inhalation) sedation. We are also at the forefront of gentle dentistry operating in a beautiful, relaxing environment.
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Affordability

Don’t let finance get in the way of life-changing treatment. We offer affordable finance options to suit your specific financial circumstances.

What our patients say

Walked in with no teeth, just ill-fitting uncomfortable dentures. Left with permanently-fixed full set of teeth that look and feel great. Thank you so much for giving me back my smile.
P Gordon

Ellie and her team are brilliant. Thanks to just 3 implants I now have a new lease of life especially when eating out with friends.
M Churchman

After shopping around I have discovered a gem of a dental practice where you can be confident you’ll get the best treatment from a team that really care, especially for those who are very anxious like me.
R Marchant

Dental implants Q&A

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a substitute for a natural tooth and is usually cylindrical or screw-shaped. It is inserted into a socket drilled in the exact location for the intended tooth. The aim with any dental implant is to ensure close contact with the surrounding bone. The stability that this creates is increased as time passes by further growth of the bone around the implant.

Most dental implants these days are titanium or titanium alloy as these materials have proven to be highly tolerated by bone. You may have heard of the phrases ‘osseointegrated implants’ or ‘endosseous implants’; these describe dental implants that support replacement teeth effectively by forming a firm union with bone.

Dental implants are an excellent option for patients who require replacement teeth. At our practice in Cheltenham, we have been expertly fitting dental implants for years.

How many teeth can be supported by implants?
If a patient is missing a single tooth, one implant will usually be enough. When two or more teeth are missing, the patient may not require one implant per tooth – it will depend on the bone quality and volume at the site of the planned implants.

Sometimes dentists can join natural teeth to implants just by using a conventional bridge.

If a patient possesses no teeth whatsoever in their upper jaw, most dental implant specialists will want to fit at least six implants to support a whole arch of ten replacement teeth or more.

In the lower jaw, the bone density is often stronger than in the upper jaw, and so fewer implants tend to be required. A treatment plan to place ten or more teeth in the lower jaw will usually require just five or six dental implants, and sometimes even as few as four.

Bridges, dentures and most other forms of tooth replacement can also be substituted with dental implants.

Who is suitable for dental implants?
Dental implants are suitable for almost anyone who is in good health generally, although there are certain lifestyle choices, such as drinking alcohol and smoking, that can negatively impact the long-term health of the gum and bone around a patient’s dental implant.

In some instances, if a patient cannot reduce their smoking or give up altogether, dentists may decline to give a patient dental implants.

We are highly experienced dental implant specialists in Cheltenham, so feel free to speak with us if you have any other complicated medical problems. In the vast majority of cases, health problems should not prevent the use of dental implants.

How long does dental implant treatment take?
In our experience of fitting dental implants at our Cheltenham clinic, we find that treatment times tend to vary between six weeks and six months in most routine cases. The time may be reduced if high-quality bone is available; on the other hand, treatment times may extend beyond six months if bone quality is poor, due to the extra care and attention that is required.

If the implant surgery takes a long time, can I have a sedation or a general anaesthetic?
It is completely natural to experience some anxiety ahead of dental implant surgery. The good news is that there are several effective means by which you can achieve a relaxed state, and as Cheltenham’s dental sedation centre, we are highly experienced in delivering such methods. The most common methods available are inhalation sedation, oral sedation and conscious sedation.

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How long will my dental implants last?
The duration of your dental implants will depend on the quality of care at each stage of treatment – starting from the day they are fitted and continuing with your own home care for your implants. The biggest influencing factor will be your willingness to attend our practice in Cheltenham for regular maintenance reviews of your dental implants.

If you fail to care for your implants, a layer of calculus and plaque deposits will form. Much like those found on neglected natural teeth, these deposits will lead to infection of the gums followed by bleeding and pain if left untreated.

On the other hand, if you are proactive in maintaining your dental implants, you should find that they last many years, and possibly even the rest of your life. Having said that, you should anticipate your implants requiring the same sort of maintenance requirements that would come with other forms of dental treatment such as fillings, bridges and crowns..

How can I find out if I am suitable for dental implants?
To ascertain whether you are suitable for dental implants, our dentists at our practice in Cheltenham would ask you in-depth questions about your medical history. We would also perform a thorough oral examination to establish any existing problems, and we may need to take X-rays of your remaining teeth.

A key part of any dental treatment is to ensure that good standards of basic dental health are in place, so we would make you aware of any pertinent issues at this first appointment. We would also explain what treatment you require to stabilise any problems with your gums or teeth, and we would talk you through the implant treatment that you would undergo should you decide to proceed.

Do I have sufficient bone for dental implants?
We can often determine the answer to this question via standard dental X-rays as it is generally possible to judge the height of bone available for dental implant placement. Sometimes, however, we need to utilise more advanced imaging techniques to ascertain the bone width, which is just as essential to implant installations.

Numerous advanced X-ray techniques are now available which can allow dentists to examine your jaw bone in three dimensions rather than the two dimensions achieved through routine X-rays. CT scanning is the technique most widely used these days, and this will normally show dentists everything they need to know about your suitability for implants, such as quantity and quality of bone and the presence of any anatomical structures that must be avoided..

Can I wear teeth during the course of implant treatment?
If your teeth are being replaced by implants and it happens to be in a part of your mouth that is highly visible, chances are that you will want some teeth to be present whilst the treatment is underway.

This can be achieved in a variety of ways such as removable bridges or plastic dentures. If you are going to wear replacement teeth during the course of your treatment, we need to ensure that the teeth do not apply excessive pressure to the implants. Once the implants are in place and before they are brought into function, we would therefore expect you to make several visits to our practice in Cheltenham for any minor adjustments that are required to the temporary teeth.

How should I look after my dental implants?
Most patients will be able to clean around each supporting implant by brushing and flossing in the usual manner. Sometimes it may be necessary to use special floss, interdental toothbrushes or other specialist cleaning aids, but generally you should find that cleaning your implants is not tricky at all.

When a patient’s dental implants are first fitted, we usually like to examine them a few times over the first few months, but once we are happy that your treatment is going to plan, your ongoing care will be no different to when you just had natural teeth.

A summary of stages for routine dental implants

The steps of a routine dental implant can be summarised as follows:

1. Diagnosis and treatment planning. It may be necessary to carry out repairs or treatment to any remaining teeth after this step.


2. A period of healing will follow any dental implant placement and will typically range from anything from six weeks to six months. Stitches are usually removed seven to ten days following the implant placement surgery.


3. Patients are usually required to attend the practice several times over the weeks following the surgery to monitor healing and to make any necessary adjustments to temporary teeth or dentures.


4. Once the dentist is satisfied that the dental implants have healed successfully, they are then ready to integrate with the teeth.


5. Sometimes replicas are fitted to the implants at this point rather than the final teeth. This is done to assess the implants and control early loading. It also gives the gums more time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are installed.


6. Between three to nine months after the implants are first placed, the final teeth are usually fitted. This is done very carefully so that there is no interference between the newly fitted teeth.


7. The dental implant treatment then continues in the form of regular examination and hygiene appointments. This is done to maintain the health of the implants, the fitted teeth and the patient’s mouth in general, so it is an essential step in the process.


Dental implant costs at a glance

Inplant Type
Price
Single dental implants
From £1,600
All-on-4 dental implants
From £10,500
Zygomatic dental implants
From £13,500
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Affordable finance – the smart way to pay for treatment

Don’t let finance prevent you from restoring your smile and confidence by replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Spread the cost with our interest free and interest bearing finance options on treatments over £350.

Benefits to you of our affordable finance options

  • Make treatment instantly affordable by allowing you to spread the cost
  • Greater choice of treatments so you can choose one that’s perfect for you
  • Payment terms that are best suited to your financial circumstances
  • No upfront deposit option so you can avoid dipping into your savings or having to find a lump sum to start your treatment

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Book a free of charge dental implant consultation with Dr Ellie Ledger or Dr Guy Bailey

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