What are Dental Implants?
We are delighted to offer the services of Implant Specialist Christos Anagnostou at MF Dental Care. Christos uses the Straumann Implant System, a long-lasting solution that looks completely natural.
Missing teeth can affect your confidence and overall quality of life. Gaps between teeth can be unsightly and can also affect your speech and ability to chew food. Dental implants replace missing or damaged teeth and can be a life-changing treatment for patients looking to restore their smile.
A small titanium rod is securely fixed into the jawbone and this provides the foundation for an artificial tooth (dental crown) to be fitted into position. The procedure can be used to replace one or more teeth and can help you regain normal functionality. We use only the highest quality materials to achieve superb, natural-looking results.
At MF Dental Care we are dedicated to providing the best quality dental treatment in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We recommend you book an initial consultation so that we can assess your suitability for implants.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants options?
Implants are available for different reasons:
Single Tooth Replacement: if you just have one tooth missing, a single implant with a crown on the top will be required. A single implant could also be used to replace a tooth after extraction.
Multiple Tooth Replacement: if you have one or more teeth missing.
Implant Retained Dentures: implants can be used to secure a full denture in the mouth.
A denture can be retained using implants. For example, if bottom teeth become painful and require extracting due to gum disease, dental implants can be placed after extraction and connected to a bar. A clip will be attached to a denture and then clipped onto the bar. The final denture is stable and prevents resorption which can occur after dental extractions.
How successful are dental implants?
Success rates of dental implants do vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed and the individual circumstances of the patient, but dental implants can have a success rate of up to 98% and if properly cared for, they can last a lifetime.
Can I get Dental Implants?
Yes – Our highly skilled and professional team in Littleborough can provide a full treatment of dental implants in Greater Manchester and surrounding areas.
Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to having dental implant treatment. (which are sometimes also known as tooth implants) Some advantages are listed below:
- Reduced bone loss – normally, the bone surrounding the root of your natural tooth is maintained by a renewal process that occurs naturally in the body. If a tooth is lost, the body ceases to renew around the vacant area and bone loss (atrophy) may occur. The dental implant stimulates the bone growth and so restricts the amount of bone loss that occurs.
- Improved function – Once dental implants have fully settled within your jaw, they function just as well as your natural teeth, and therefore you will no longer have to worry about the stability of your dentures.
- Better aesthetics – a dental implant should indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth.
Are Implants right for me?
Dental implants can be placed in patients of any age providing that they have fully developed jawbones and that they have a sufficient quantity and quality of bone tissue available. Successful candidates for dental implants must also maintain good oral hygiene to remain suitable for dental implants.
Certain circumstances may mean that dental implants are not suitable for you:
- Heavy smoking – this may slow down or hinder the healing process after implants have been placed.
- Excessive alchohol intake – the gums may not heal as well.
- Periodontal gum disease – all active gum disease must be treated prior to any implant procedure to ensure the long term success of the treatment. Periodontal disease causes bone loss which could jeopardise the success of treatment.
- Immuno-compromised individual.
Meet Our Implantologist
Christos graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. After his graduation he served his military service in Greece working as a Dental Surgeon and he gained experience in surgical and restorative dentistry.
He then came to UK and studied Implant Dentistry at Manchester University. He graduated with merit in 2012 and was awarded the MSc in Dental Implantology.
Part of his MSc training took place in Lille, France and Gothenburg, Sweden.
Christos has been practicing dentistry in the UK for over 7 years. He enjoys implant dentistry and undertakes restorative and cosmetic dentistry also.
In his spare time Christos enjoys sea-fishing and DIY projects.
What our patients say?
Will I have enough bone for dental implants?
Your bone level and density will be assessed using dental X-rays and a CT scan is necessary. Information about nerves that should be avoided during the procedure can be gathered. If you do not have enough bone for dental implants, bone grafting and tissue regeneration procedures may be possible to carry out.
How long do dental implants last for?
Dental implants can last a lifetime depending on how well they are looked after. Supporting or neighbouring teeth can still be damaged by trauma or affected by gum disease and poor oral hygiene. A good oral hygiene regime and regular visits to the dentist for reviews and scale and polishes should extend the lifespan of your dental implants.
Will dental implants hurt?
Dental implants are always placed under local anaesthetic so are completely pain free for the patient during treatment. After treatment some discomfort may be experienced, but should not continue. Your dentist will discuss these issues in more detail upon your consultation visit.
At MF Dental care we use only the best techniques and equipment to create you perfect smile. We work closely with Straumann who offer top quality equipment and you can be confident knowing they are safe and easy to maintain. The Straumann Implant is designed for creating a look that feels amazing and is natural. It provides great flexibility and is aesthetically pleasing. Straumann offer excellent clinical performance, and high patient satisfaction in all works completed. Their cutting edge implant technologies also add reduced invasiveness and maximised predictability and success of treatment.
Will a dental implant be suitable for me?
If you are looking for a fixed, long term solution for a missing tooth or teeth then dental implants may be the perfect solution! If you think that this is something you would like to know more about we would be happy to arrange an appointment so that we can provide all the information you need to make a decision.
Find out how a typical implant placement is carried out
1. The first part of the process is an initial consultation which is FREE. At this visit, Christos will discuss with you what you want and the options available including an estimate of costs to you.
2. If you wish to carry on with the process, Christos will do a referral for you to go for a CT scan. This is easily arranged at a clinic which we use in Altrincham.
3. Following your scan appointment, you will come back to see Christos and he will examine the scan and discuss the results. The scan helps to identify bone levels, so we can see if you may need a bone graft or a sinus lift. This sounds a little scary but is relatively straight forward. If you decide to go ahead with treatment he will take an impression of your teeth to help with the positioning of the implant. A full detailed treatment plan will be given to you at this stage and a list of all the costs involved. You will be asked to sign these along with consent forms to allow us to use photographs of your treatment for training and marketing purposes.
4. The following visit will be the implant procedure. The surgery is covered with surgical drapes and coverings. The clinical staff will all be wearing full personal protective equipment – this is because placing an implant is a surgical procedure. This can seem daunting but we can assure you that the utmost care and attention is given.
The feedback from patients who have undergone implant surgery is positive, and they cannot speak of our implant team highly enough. We offer local anaesthesia for the procedure and once numb, an incision is made in the gum to expose the bone where the implant will be placed. A space is created for the implant to go into the bone and the implant is put into place. Once placed the implant is covered with a healing cap – this remains in place during the healing process. Over a few months the implant attaches itself to the bone.
A member of our team will call you to check that everything is OK and to make sure you are comfortable. It is normal to have some discomfort after the procedure and some swelling. We will give you advice on how to care for your mouth and give you contact details in case of an emergency.
5. After a few months you will return to have the implant exposed. A small extension is put on the implant to help the laboratory measure up for your new crown.
6. A new crown is made by taking various impressions which are sent to the laboratory.
7. The final visit is to fit the crown – your smile is restored. We take some photos of the finished result and ask for a photo with the team presenting you with a gift to mark the end of your treatment and the start of your new smile!
The whole process can take 6-9 months to complete.