Dental implants are one of the great life changing technologies of modern dentistry, offering patients the opportunity to reverse the process of tooth loss and its undesirable effects including:
- loss of eating function
- loss of stability in surrounding teeth
- loss of volume in the jawbone
- loss of confidence
- ageing effect
Natural look and feel
Implants feel and look like natural teeth. They are safe and reliable, and should last as long as natural teeth given the appropriate care. They can be inserted individually to replace missing teeth or, in the case of multiple missing teeth or a full mouth clearance, full arch implants can support bridges. The procedure is painless and straightforward: first the dentist places the implant, then, after about three months, when the implant has fused with the bone, a crown or bridge is placed on the implant.
How does an implant work?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which acts as a replacement tooth root when a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of the teeth are missing. They are carefully and precisely placed into the jawbone where surrounding bone will grow around and fuse onto the implant in a process known as osseo-integration. This forms a strong foundation for the final artificial tooth or teeth to be secured.
Our recommended solution for missing teeth
At The Bristol Dental Practice we consider dental implants to be the gold standard of care for replacing missing teeth — for almost all situations we would recommend them. However, we will inform you if there is a more suitable or lower cost alternative such as a dental bridge.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are fixed into jawbone, and we can provide patients with implant treatments even where there is very little jaw structure available. This may be due to previous infection, long standing use of dentures, cancer or trauma.
How long do dental implants take?
The healing period after having an implant placed is in the region of two to three months. Temporary restorations can be fitted during this time for the patient’s comfort and appearance. Once the implant has successfully integrated, a couple of appointments which don’t involve further surgery are then used to construct the final teeth.
Dental implant options
In some cases a single implant can support two teeth, or two implants can be used to support three teeth on a bridge. If a patient has lost all of their teeth, implant secured dentures can be made which retain dentures in the mouth securely with the aid of a couple of implants and press studs. Alternatively, fixed bridges can be provided, which are not removable and can recreate a whole arch of missing teeth with as few as four implants in each arch in a treatment known as all on four.
What happens in a consultation for dental implants?
Patients will have a one hour initial implant consultation with Dr Jonathan Cochrane, the principal dentist at The Bristol Dental Practice, who will carry out an in-depth clinical assessment and then talk through all of the available options. Patients will be made aware of the commitment required from them for successful treatment, for example they may be asked to stop smoking, and advised on the best follow up care such as regular dental hygiene appointments. There are very few patients we are unable to help.
Dental implants placed by an expert
Dr Cochrane is the youngest dentist to have received a Master’s degree in Dental Implantology from the University of Bristol and the first British dentist to be awarded a Certificate in Implant Dentistry by the German Board of Oral Implantology. He is a key opinion leader and spokesperson for various international dental implant and bone regeneration product companies. He has assembled a formidable team including Dr Lilliana Ruzzene and Dr Peter Ruzzene to deliver world class dental implant treatments at The Bristol Dental Practice.
Benefits of dental implants at The Bristol Dental Practice
- no case too complex
- over 7,500 implants placed
- eat anything and feel confident again
- reverse the effects of tooth loss on oral health and appearance
- treatment is led by Dr Jonathan Cochrane, a rising star in his field
- conscious sedation is available for nervous patients
- can be part of complex multi-disciplinary treatment
- a painless and straightforward procedure, with predictable results
- dental implants last as long as natural teeth given appropriate care
- follow-up hygiene guidance to help implants last as long as natural teeth
If you are looking for a dental implant procedure in Bristol then contact The Bristol Dental Practice today to book your initial consultation.
Dr Jonathan Cochrane – Principal (GDC No: 228321)
BDS, MFGDP(UK), MFDS RCS, CertConSed, MSc (Dental Implantology), CertImpDent (DGZI)
- Member of two Royal College of Surgeons; Edinburgh and England
- Special interests in Dental Implants, Oral Surgery and Sedation
Dr Liliana Ruzzene – Specialist Oral Surgeon (GDC No: 70039)
BDS, M. Dent (MFOS), FFD (MFOS)
- Has successfully placed over 6,500 dental implants
- Special interests in Dental Implants and Oral Surgery
Dr Peter Ruzzene – Dentist (GDC No: 70040)
- Special interests in Dental Implants and Advanced Restorative Dentistry