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Dental Implants

A permanent solution to missing teeth in Leicester

Dental implants remain the longest lasting solution to missing teeth. As close to real teeth as modern dentistry can currently get, they look, feel and work just like your own teeth.

Dental implants also provide a secure anchor for bridges and dentures, and can be life-changing for people who currently wear dentures or have several missing or damaged teeth.

Dental implant life benefits:

  • When you lose your natural teeth, your jaw bone and surrounding tissues start to resorb or disappear over time. When implants are placed in the jaw, it stimulates the remaining bone to grow and mesh around the metal, along with tiny blood vessels, preventing bone loss.
  • Retained bone structure prevents the face from acquiring a ‘sunken’ look.
  • Implants help restore function so you can eat, chew and bite as usual.
  • Implants are a natural-looking way to replace missing teeth.


A 17 page report full of the most useful information, ideal if you’d like to replace missing teeth and want all your questions answered, find out:

  • The costs and lowest price alternatives
  • Your options and choices for treatment
  • Are you suitable for treatment?
  • When are conventional bridges used instead of dental implants
  • What happens if you smoke?
  • How many implants might you need?


A dental 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. For those missing one tooth, a crown will be created to perfectly match your existing teeth. If you have a full set of dentures, this can be attached to four or six dental implant roots for a really sturdy result.

If you have a missing tooth then you may consider not doing anything and leaving the gap. Although this may be a perfectly acceptable option, in most instances replacing the missing tooth is far better – here’s why…

When you have all of your teeth they all work in unison with one another and each tooth supports the tooth next to it to prevent it moving. The opposing teeth keep each other in the right place and all of the teeth support the surrounding bone. If you lose a tooth then this delicate balance is upset.

Teeth either side of the gap can begin to drift in, teeth opposing the gap can begin to drift up or down and the bone that surrounded the tooth that has been lost can begin to resorb. In time, this can affect your ability to eat and chew and also have a cosmetic implication. Your delicate gum architecture can also be interrupted by drifting teeth.

It is therefore important to stabilise the bone and surrounding teeth using either a denture, dental bridge or dental implant to prevent these problems from worsening.


  • 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, dental sedation can be offered 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 implant has been placed we normally wait around three to six months to allow full healing, then we can place a new tooth.

  • How safe are dental implants?

    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 occur 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.

  • 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.

  • Do dental implants hurt?

    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 your dentist 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 cost?

    The definitive cost of a dental implant is difficult to give without a consultation. For example, to replace a single missing tooth will require 1 dental implant, yet to replace 4 missing teeth may only require 2 implants. It’s not a simple case of multiplying the number of teeth missing by a single dental implant cost.

    The average cost of a dental implant & crown is from £2800.

    Additional costs for oral hygiene may also be required if you’re oral hygiene is not at the required level, this will be done before the dental implant treatment.

    Many practices offer free consultations for dental implants.