Dental Implants

We have a very high success rate with implant treatments and most patients can now have a lifetime of confident eating and smiling, with teeth as close to the ones they were born with as it is possible to get.

"Ben White is a true genius! Look at my smile. " Abbey

When patients arrive at White Dental with missing teeth, or they're having problems with loose dentures, we very often recommend dental implants as the best long term solution to their problem. Although they're not suitable for everyone, teeth implants are definitely the best option for the majority of people with missing teeth. 

There are many benefits of this type of treatment:

Probably the overwhelming benefit of having implant treatment is that you can keep your teeth in your mouth and not in a cup! The concept of taking out your false teeth every night will be a thing of the past. Implants or implant retained dentures are fixed permanently into your jawbone and you will be able to brush them and floss them exactly the same as if they were real teeth. With regular maintenance it's not unusual to hear of patients with implants that have lasted over 30 years.

At the moment there is no doubt that dental implants are the very closest thing you can get to natural teeth. Because they are actually fixed into your jawbone, they give a rock solid base for new crowns and they don't put any pressure on surrounding teeth, so the problems of deterioration of other teeth normally associated with traditional bridges do not come into play with implant treatment.

People often report an increase in confidence after having implant treatment. Over a period of time and perhaps without people noticing, wearing poorly fitting dentures can affect your confidence. Being embarrassed to smile can lead to shyness and the natural reluctance to socialise. Dental implants some patients report a new lease of life and a feeling of well-being.

You may have noticed people, particularly older people, whose faces look hollow and have a slightly caved in effect. This happens because they lose teeth and their jawbone begins to deteriorate and their faces begin to sag. Dental implants replace the gaps where you have lost teeth, replacing them with fully functioning new teeth so your face will remain natural and your smile will remain completely natural looking too.

When you lose teeth, the traditional method of fixing the problem would be to place a tooth supported bridge into the gaps. Apart from the fact that these bridges don't last anywhere nearly as long as implants, the very fact that they are relying on your neighbouring teeth to support the bridge, means that there will be an inevitable deterioration in the surrounding teeth particularly as the jawbone changes shape and shrinks. Dental implants are fashioned in such a way that the titanium screw integrates into the jawbone and effectively becomes part of the jawbone. It then requires no further support from any of your surrounding teeth which means those teeth stay healthier for longer.

Another major benefit of implant restored teeth and crowns is that they cannot develop cavities, although you will need to visit your dentist regularly over the lifetime of the implants for routine maintenance.


So how will I know of I am suitable for dental implants?  

Basically anybody who is in reasonably good health should be suitable for dental implants. You need to be of an age where your jawbone has stopped growing and there needs to be enough healthy jawbone for the implants to be fixed into. We assess every patient on an individual basis to see whether or not they are suitable for this treatment. At the initial consultation we will enquire into your general health and we may take x-rays and/or CT scans to confirm your suitability.


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are effectively made up of three components. The first step involves placing a titanium screw into your jawbone - titanium is chosen because it can integrate with the jawbone and effectively become part of your jaw. This implant will then have a piece called an abutment attached to it, this is a component which becomes the anchor for the dental crown or denture. The last part is the actual fixing of the crown or denture to the abutmen

What types of dental implant treatment are available?

There are several types of treatment available depending on the individual patient's situation. If you have a single tooth missing you will require a single dental implant. At the other end of the spectrum, you can have a full set of teeth replaced with multiple dental implants. As technology has improved over the years, more and more implant treatments and systems have become available - treatments like "Teeth in a Day", "All-On-4" and "mini dental implants" are a great fit depending on the individual patient’s set of circumstances. If you have problems of any sort with missing teeth or poor performing dentures, the obvious answer is to give us a call on 023 8045 8046 and arrange a free consultation. If you've not been to see a dentist for a while, you will be amazed at the way things have changed and the variety of treatments that are now available.

How much does dental implant treatment cost?

There is no short answer to this question. Every patient  is different and every patient’s problems are unique. So one patient who needs one tooth replaced will have a completely different charge compared to a patient requiring multiple teeth replacing. In some circumstances, patient’s with jawbone deterioration may require bone grafts in order to allow the implant treatment to take place, and this obviously has an impact on the overall cost of the treatment. There is no doubt when taken at face value, dental implants are an expensive treatment. However, if you take the overall cost of your treatment and spread it across the number of years of benefit you will experience then you may be surprised to learn that your dental implants can cost less than the price of a cup of coffee per day. Add to that the new lease of life having your smile restored can bring along with the confidence to socialise and eat and drink and the monetary cost begins to look small indeed.

We have a variety of payment plans, so we can almost always find a payment method which will be suitable.

If you would like to find out more about dental implants in Southampton please call us to arrange a free consultation.