Dental Implant Placement | Wayside Dental Practice | Harpenden Dentist
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How are dental implants fitted?

Dental implants are small titanium screws that take over the function of the root of a tooth. They are surgically inserted into the jaw bone to eventually hold your new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support fixed crown and bridgework, replace one tooth, several teeth or a whole set of missing teeth. Implants can also be used to stabilise a loose or uncomfortable denture.

We have been placing dental implants for patients in Harpenden, St Albans and all over Hertfordshire for over 20 years. We know that some people can feel anxious about undergoing dental surgery, which is why Dr Robin Horton takes the time to explain the procedure fully during your implant consultation and answer any questions you may have.



Book a dental implant appointment to establish if the treatment is suitable for you

Your personal implant treatment plan will be agreed with you following a consultation with our implant dentist, once you are fully informed and have had any queries answered.

  • Stage 1 – is a Cone Beam CT scan which is taken to ensure there is enough bone to support an implant and if so, to plan precisely where to place it using computer guided surgery or X-Guide Dynamic Implant Surgery. We want to ensure the best available bone is used to achieve the optimum aesthetic result. We also take an intra-oral scan which is merged with the CBCT scan for planning purposes.
  • Stage 2 – is the implant placement which is performed under local anaesthesia and with the use of a dental laser. Patients often report very little discomfort during and following surgery. Once placed, the implant is left for 3 to 6 months while it integrates into the bone to ensure a strong, solid foundation for the replacement teeth. During this time temporary bridges or dentures may be used. In some cases, temporary teeth can be attached to the implants the same day.
  • Stage 3 – involves creating and attaching your new tooth or teeth to the dental implant. Following implant treatment it is very important that your oral hygiene practices are maintained to the highest standard to prevent problems around the implants and ensure the success of your implant treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implant Placement

Will I experience pain after implant placement?

Our patients report very little discomfort following surgery. This is because we place them minimally invasively using dental lasers and use a therapeutic laser to initiate healing process which means minimal inflammation.

What are the risks and complications of dental implants?

The risks associated with dental implants are rare and you are very unlikely to experience dental implant problems, but with any procedure there are risks and complications. Smoking and poor oral hygiene significantly reduces long term success of your implants.

How do I look after my dental implants?

Regular appointments with your hygienist will ensure that you are maintaining the implants, crowns or bridges in the healthiest possible way to ensure long-term success. Your dentist will advise you of the most effective maintenance schedule both before and after dental implant treatment.

How long will my dental implants last?

Ninety-five percent of implants now last for at least 15 years but they need careful cleaning. Without this you will experience problems similar to that of gum disease around the implant which can result in bone loss, causing it to loosen and fail. Cleaning around implants is no more difficult that cleaning your natural teeth and our hygienists can provide excellent oral health instruction specifically for dental implants. We will strongly advise you to see the hygienist on a regular basis to help you keep the area free of plaque and to maintain your oral hygiene.

If you are interested in dental implant treatment please call 01582 712 470 or book online below: