Dental Implant Success Story

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

This lovely lady had struggled with gum disease and wobbly teeth for many years. The prospect of losing her teeth and having a removable denture did not appeal to her.

This is where full arch implant treatment comes in.

Using just four dental implants, Stuart and the team were able to replace ten upper teeth with a beautiful fixed ceramic bridge.

“I’m delighted...I love the way they look...It’s the best thing I’ve done for my health”

We think the smile says it all.

This gentleman was fed up with his denture. Despite various attempts over the years he was unable to have a comfortable denture fitted. This meant he had to be selective about what he ate and had to use denture glue to stop his teeth dropping down.

Using six dental implants, Stuart fitted him with a beautiful fixed porcelain bridge that replaced all of his missing upper teeth.

For the first time in years he was able to eat apples and steak without worry.

In this patients words it is “Life changing treatment”.

Full mouth implants

At Loanhead Dental Practice, Stuart and the team are delighted to be able to offer ‘full arch implant treatment’.

This means that a full set of upper or lower teeth can now be replaced using dental implants. After the implants are placed, a full mouth fixed dental bridge is then firmly screwed into the implants.

This technique allows us to help people with no teeth, or those who have a set of failing teeth, and give them a full fixed set of replacement teeth on dental implants. Could anything be more life-changing? Imagine, no more dentures or toothless smiles…

Top Q & As about full arch guided implants

1. How does it work?

You will have a full assessment in the practice (covering both dental and medical aspects), 3D imaging, model planning, and detailed design, prior to any treatment being started and you can be assured of Specialist care throughout.

It is possible to move onto implant surgery as quickly as you wish, offering you immediate dramatic changes, but rest assured you will never be rushed!

The final long-term bridges that will replace your temporary bridges placed during surgery are fitted about four to six months later.

2. Are full mouth implant expensive?

It is perfectly normal to consider carefully the cost of any serious investment. It is a lot to spend on your mouth and it is down to each individual patient to decide if the improvements to quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance are worthwhile. We only ever prescribe treatment that is necessary. If you are searching for a bargain, please keep in mind that we regularly have to repair many cases from other clinics that have gone wrong due to corner-cutting or inadequate planning, skills, or materials.

3. Do I need an implant for every tooth that is missing?

You do not need one implant per tooth and can actually have as few as four implants to replace all of the upper or lower teeth.

4. I have been missing teeth for a long time - can I still have implants?

Normally yes – we have worked with many exceptional cases where other implant dentists have said there is not enough bone. We will do a thorough assessment of course, including detailed x-rays and the latest in 3D imaging to assess the bone available.

Very rarely we will explain that there is not enough bone to safely work with implants and then we have to consider alternative dental options with you and your dentist.

5. Will my mouth be painful?

Pain should not be a big problem. Although you may be sore for a few days after any surgery in your mouth, this can be easily managed with simple analgesics (painkillers). You should take these regularly at the maximum stated dose for the first two days after your surgery. Take whatever painkillers you normally take for headaches, aches, and sprains (ibuprofen and paracetamol make a good combination), and take your first dose before the local anaesthetic has worn off.

If you would like to find out about implants - come and see and see us for a complimentary consultation.

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