Dental implants are a “fixed” option to replace missing teeth and are a popular alternative to removable dentures and plates. They can be used to:

  • Support a crown to replace a missing tooth
  • Support a bridge to replace numerous missing teeth
  • Or help retain a denture that is otherwise too loose

The treatment option has come a long way since it’s introduction and with the advancements of technology it is becoming increasingly simple and predictable.

The implants are screw-like structures made from titanium, a metal that is “biocompatible” with the body. This allows it to fuse directly into the jaw bone and other tissues to give a natural result.

It is widely seen as the best option for a missing tooth however it’s longevity is dependant on a healthy mouth. Lack of care for your implant can result in gum disease around the implant, causing it to loosen out of the bone. As such it requires life long care and maintenance including good oral hygiene, regular check-ups and hygienist visits.

Think of it like buying a a car!



Our dentist will conduct a full examination of your mouth and assessment of the missing tooth space. This can include x-rays, photos, gum scores, digital scans/impressions, and a referral for a CBCT scan if necessary, to assess the quality of your bone. All of this will allow us to properly plan the implant size, location, angulation, and raise or rule out any red flags.


A small surgical procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. The bone is exposed by making a small cut in the gum and the implant is inserted. This will then be stiched over and allowed to heal for a number of months.


After this healing period we will uncover the buried implant and confirm it has integrated with the bone. If successful, we will begin taking scans and impressions to design a crown or bridge that can directly attach to the implant. We only use highly skilled laboratory technicians to ensure a natural feel and appearance.


At this fit appointment the crown or bridge will be screwed directly into the implant and you will have a natural looking replacement!


The most important part! The implant will require lifelong care with good oral hygiene, hygienist visits and examinations. Failure to maintain the implant will cause it to loosen out of the mouth and be lost.



Cases can vary from simple to complex and this can be due to dental or medical issues. If you have gaps from missing teeth, book a FREE consultation with Dr Reel and he will be happy to help discuss and plan your treatment options.

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Dental Implants FAQ

How long is the healing and recovery period with dental implants?

This is very case dependent as everyone is different. For example a fit and healthy young individual will show a quicker healing period than someone older or with conditions such as Diabetes. Post-operatively there can be some swelling, bruising and discomfort but this should pass in less than a week and normal painkillers should suffice. The procedure is no more invasive than having a dental extraction. The implant then needs time to fuse to the bone and we give a minimum of 3 months to allow for this. If there has not been enough integration to attach a crown we may need to wait another 3 months or reassess. 

How do I clean dental implants?

Dental implants can be cleaned just like your natural teeth. Regularly brushing with your electric toothbrush and interdental cleaning with small brushes is crucial, as well as seeing your hygienist and dentist regularly.

How much does it cost?

This again depends on the case and number of teeth. It also depends on the quality of bone. For example if there is insufficent good quality bone we may have to perform an additional procedure called “bone grafting” to give enough thickness to place the implant into (which does prolong the healing time). Also, if the tooth is an upper back tooth and it has been missing a long time, your sinuses may have drifted down, occupying the space once taken by the tooth; you would then need to be referred for a “sinus lift”, before any implant placement. Typically a routine single tooth implant and crown costs £2500.

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