Dental Implants

Dentists will always strive to keep your natural teeth.  Unfortunately, there are times when teeth are lost, and this can impact your day-to-day wellbeing and confidence.

Teeth can be lost due to trauma, previous failed dental work or dental disease and dental implants are a fantastic way to help restore your smile.

Here at The Edge Dental, we understand that dental implants can be a daunting and new concept.  This is why, from your first consultation right through to your aftercare appointments, we have a dedicated team that will guide you through each stage swiftly with care and around the clock support.

We offer free, no obligation initial consultations for patients interested in dental implants and various finance options to help you achieve the smile you have dreamed of!

Below, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.  If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact one of our friendly staff members by phone or email.

Dental Implants

Meet Dr Uzma

Dr Uzma Khawaja
BDS (King’s College, London), MFDS
GDC no. 211465

Dr Uzma Khawaja graduated from King’s College London in 2011 before continuing further training in oral surgery and maxillofacial duties, in London.

In 2011 Uzma was announced runner up for the highly prestigious University of London Gold Medal for Dentistry. She then went on to achieve her MFDS (Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Since qualifying, she has been practicing in Cheshire, London & Leicestershire also offering orthodontic treatments such as cosmetic braces.

Uzma says the most satisfying part of her job is treating people who suffer with nerves and anxiety – helping them to overcome their fear of the dentist’s chair.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling and yoga.

Meet Professor Satterthwaite

Professor Julian Satterthwaite
BDS MSc PhD PGDip FDS MFDS FDS(Rest Dent) FHEA FADM
Professor/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry
Specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics & Prosthodontics
GDC number 71740

Julian splits his working week between Specialist Practice and the University & Dental Hospital in Manchester. His clinical work includes all aspects of restorative dentistry, and he has particular interests in complex/extensive treatments, tooth wear, hypodontia, and restorations utilising dental implants.

Julian graduated from Cardiff in 1996 and then moved to Bristol, working in both general practice and hospital posts. Following a short period in Surrey and completion of the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDS), he returned to Bristol early in 1999 as a Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, completing the Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MFDS) shortly after. He then moved to London to undertake a Masters degree (MSc) in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute, which was awarded (with distinction) in October 2001.

He joined the University of Manchester School of Dentistry in 2001 as a Lecturer and subsequently completed specialist training in Restorative Dentistry, together with a PhD in Biomaterials Science. He was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2011 and a Fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials in 2012 and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in 2013. Julian is a Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester (having been awarded a personal chair in 2013) and is an Honorary Consultant for CMFT.

He is extensively involved in postgraduate education and training, having previously been Director of Graduate Education for the School of Dentistry & also Lead for Postgraduate Taught programmes. He is Director of the University’s MSc programme in Fixed & Removable Prosthodontics. He is a Past-President of the British Society of Prosthodontics (2015-16). His roles reflect his keen interest in post-graduate education and skills improvement for the dental team and he has broad experience of providing a variety of academic and hands-on training. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, examining the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship in Restorative Dentistry and the specialty Membership in Restorative Dentistry.

Introducing Straumann

“Simply Doing More”

Straumann is a leading dental implant company that has earned worldwide trust for over 60 years by remaining true to itself. We are convinced that few companies have as much to offer, so there are many reasons why opting for a Straumann implant is an excellent choice for your oral health.

FAQs

A dental implant is a titanium screw placed in the jawbone.  It acts as a replacement for the root portion of the lost natural tooth.  Once the implant is placed, a false tooth is attached to the implant in the form of a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants offer the closest replacement to a lost natural tooth by offering a stable base anchored into the jawbone.  Therefore, dental implants are a great alternative to unstable dentures.  Dental implants can be placed independent to the rest of your teeth and so you can preserve the health of the surrounding teeth.  If you look after your implants, they can last for several years.
Just like your own teeth, dental implants need to be cared for and cleaned regularly. Therefore, we will teach you how to look after your dental implant and encourage regular dental and hygiene appointments after your dental implants have been placed.

Dental implants work best in a healthy mouth.  Therefore, at your initial consultation we will assess whether you need any treatment to stabalise your oral health before a dental implant is placed.

Most people will be suitable for implants but we will initially consider your general health to ensure that dental implants are the safest treatment option for you.

The simple answer is no! You cannot be too old for dental implants.  In fact, dental implants are a great way to solve the common problem of unstable dentures.
If a dental implant is looked after well, they can last for several years.  We therefore encourage our patients to clean their dental implant by brushing and flossing it daily and having dental check-ups regularly.
The most important stage of a dental implant is the planning stage.  This involves assessing your general health, a full dental exam, x-rays and pictures and then assessing your suitability for treatment.  Any alternative treatment options will also be given to you at this stage.

Once we have decided to continue with the dental implant, the implant is placed in your jawbone in a single appointment in the dental surgery.  In order for the implant to fuse to your jawbone, we need to allow time for the area to heal. This can take weeks to months.

Once the dentist feels the area is healed, an impression will be taken of the area and your new crown, bridge or denture will be made and fitted to the implant.

As with many dental procedures, this is the most common question asked.  Most dental implants are placed in the dental surgery under local anaesthetic.  After the local anaesthetic, which can sting for a few seconds, you are numb and will not feel any pain during the procedure.

After the procedure, most people have little discomfort which is easily controlled with painkillers.  Some people, may also experience some swelling and bruising which subsides within a few days.

In order for a dental implant to work successfully it requires good healthy bone to attach to.  Some people can lose healthy bone in the area due to dental disease, previous infection or simply not having a tooth there for several years.  Bone grafting is a procedure, undertaken before the implant placement, to replace any lost healthy bone in the area and to strengthen the bone.
Every case is different and so the cost may vary depending on the extent of the treatment, number of implants and whether you have a crown, bridge or denture.  Some people may also need a bone graft before the dental implant is placed.   The costs of the treatment will be fully explained to you at the beginning and we will also send this to you in writing.  There are no hidden costs.
Yes.  We offer a no deposit finance plan with 9.9%interest. This equates to £55 a month based on a 60 month plan and subject to a credit check. Other finance options are available on request, over shorter periods.

Subject to status, conditions apply.