Complete new smile
If you have lost most or even all of your teeth, then we may be able to give you a complete new smile using dental implants. For us and many of our patients, this is the pinnacle of dental treatment – to be able to give someone a beautiful smile without them having to wear dentures.
With a complete new smile, we can either replace every missing tooth with a dental implant or fit a number of implants in the jaw, on to which we can place one or more fixed bridges. Either way, once your treatment is complete, you will have a mouthful of teeth that are correctly aligned, function properly and have the strength of natural teeth. They will also look completely natural and attractive.
Why have this treatment with us?
- Restore your smile after years of missing teeth
- The best implant systems on the market
- Years of implant experience & high success rate
- Interest-free and low interest finance options
- Free, no-obligation initial consultation
Take a look through our patient gallery below to see real-life examples of how complete new smiles with dental implants have given our patients a new lease of life.
Why replace missing teeth?
If you have multiple missing or damaged teeth, you may be experiencing problems such as ongoing pain, discomfort, or problems eating and talking. You may also find that your remaining teeth begin to drift because they don’t have neighbouring teeth to hold them in place.
When someone has a full set of teeth, the teeth all work together to keep everything in the right place so that you can bite and chew efficiently. Once you have gaps in your smile, this delicate balance is thrown into chaos.
Other side effects of missing teeth are that you may begin to experience bone loss and gum disease. Bone loss in your jaw can change your underlying facial structure, ageing your appearance and giving your mouth a sunken look. Gum disease, as well as causing problems such as bleeding gums and bad breath, has been linked in studies to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, premature labour and low birth weight, as well as some types of cancer.
By placing dental implants in your jaw for a complete new smile, it will stimulate bone growth and help maintain your facial structure. By having teeth behind your lips again, they will be well supported – as nature intended – giving your face a younger, healthier appearance. If we are able to stop the movement of drifting teeth, we can also free you from pain and ongoing problems.
What are dental implants?
An implant comes in two parts. The first is an artificial root made from titanium that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and, in time, will bond with the jawbone. The second part is what is attached to the dental implant root. In the case of a complete new smile, this will either be a prosthetic tooth on top of each implant or one of more cosmetic bridges across a handful of implants.
How long will dental implants last?
In a healthy person with a healthy mouth and bone, implant roots (the metal part) should last as long as natural teeth. They need caring for as natural teeth do. The crowns or bridges supported by the implants can last a decade or more.
Will dental implant treatment hurt?
All treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic and, if you’re a nervous patient, we can offer dental sedation to make you as comfortable as possible about the procedure. Dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure that has been performed for many years, with an excellent success rate. Once your new implants have been placed we normally wait around three to six months to allow full healing, during which time you will wear a temporary bridge on your implants. Once the implants have healed, a permanent, stronger bridge or individual teeth will be fitted.
Are dental implants safe?
Fortunately, there are very rarely problems associated with dental implants. They have a success rate of up to 98% and, with proper care, can last many years. A few of the problems that can sometimes exist with dental implants are:
- Peri-implantitis - this is the destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants, and is similar to periodontitis which occurs around natural teeth. The best way to prevent peri-implantitis is to maintain good oral health care regime by visiting the dental hygienist regularly after the implants have been placed. You should avoid smoking as this can increase the risk of developing peri-implantitis.
- Pain after the implants have been placed - this is normally controlled by taking over-the-counter painkillers for one to two weeks after a dental implant is placed and is generally part of the healing process. However, if the pain continues and becomes severe, then please contact us immediately as there may be an underlying problem causing the pain. Discomfort after implant placement is normal, excessive pain is not.
What is the dental implant procedure?
The procedure for dental implants is generally as follows:
- You come to practice for a free initial consultation to discuss suitability.
- If you’re a suitable candidate, we will take diagnostic x-rays and impressions.
- Your dentist will discuss the results of these x-rays and impressions with the dental technician and any additional oral surgeon.
- Measurements of your jaw and bite will be taken for the dental implant placement planning.
- The dental implants are placed and you are fitted with a temporary bridge at the same appointment.
- You wait for approximately three to six months for the dental implant to integrate entirely with the surrounding bone.
- You go back to the dentist to have the final impression taken.
- The transitional bridge is removed and the final bridges or individual teeth are fitted. This is a very broad outline of the treatment stages. To be on the safe side, you should allow approximately eight months from the initial decision to have a dental implant to having the final bridge fitted. Treatment times and procedures will also vary depending on your individual clinical case. At your free consultation at our dental practice in Bolton, this will be discussed with you so that you are fully aware of the entire dental implant procedure.
Can anyone have dental implants?
Although most people are suitable candidates for dental implants, they aren’t always the right solution, especially if you have significant bone loss or you’re a smoker. To find out whether dental implants would be right for you, we recommend that you book a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your individual case and give you advice that’s tailored specifically to you.
The cost of dental implants can vary significantly, so it is difficult to give you an exact price without seeing you first. At our initial free consultation, we can give you a clear idea of the exact cost for you and how we have arrived at that price. The cost of dental implants vary due to the following factors:
- The number of teeth to be replaced - a single dental implant is required to replace one tooth, yet three teeth can be replaced with only two dental implants.
- The amount and quality of bone - sometimes we may need to perform a bone graft during an additional surgical procedure in order to regenerate and/or create more bone in which to place the dental implant. This happens in cases where you have some bone loss caused by a missing tooth/teeth.
- The design of the dental implant - sometimes the final crown is screwed onto the implant, sometimes it is bonded with a special dental glue. Different clinical situations may dictate how the implant is technically constructed and this can have an impact on the cost of the overall tooth replacement.
At our dental practice in Bolton, on the outskirts of greater Manchester, dental implants typically cost from £2,200. Other prices are below:
Diagnostic CT scan: from £145
Surgical guide stent: from £95
When you come to us for a complete new smile, we will provide a thorough estimate of your proposed treatment, giving you complete visibility and choice before you commit to going ahead. If your cosmetic dental treatment is valued at £1,000 or more and you would like to spread the cost, we offer interest-free and low interest finance for up to 24 months.