Implants

What are implants?

Implants are one way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures.

Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the jaw has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.

Would implants be right for me?

First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the possibilities. Our team will be only too happy to help you with any questions you may have.

If you decide to go ahead, this is what will happen.

  • Implants are placed into the jaw with a local anaesthetic. You can opt to have sedation for this procedure also.
  • After the implant is placed the gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.
  • The bone then integrates/heals around the implant to hold it firm. This takes several months.

Implants usually have two parts – the post (implant itself) in the jaw and an extension (abutment) that is added later when the post is secure. The replacement teeth might be fixed permanently (like a crown or bridge) or attached in a way which lets you remove them for cleaning (like a denture).


Dr Riz Syed (Implant Surgeon) and Dr Sej Patel (Principal at Kent House Dental Clinic) work synergistically to provide avant-garde implant solutions.

Dr Riz Syed

GDC No. 77092

Dr Riz Syed qualified in 1999 at The Royal London Hospital. He has since worked in Oral and Maxillo-Facial surgery at The Royal London Hospital after which he worked in a number of specialist surgical practices. He lectures on all aspects of dentistry and is now a mentor for Nobel Biocare, helping new implant surgeons in all apects of implant dentistry. He works extensively with Nobel Guide Surgery and has been awarded the clinic of excellence in implant dentistry.

Dr Syed has successfully completed extensive post graduate studies in advanced implant dentistry. He has trained extensively in both America and Europe on advanced hard and soft tissue management. He is also highly experienced in more complex aspects of implant surgery such as sinus grafting, ridge expansion, connective tissue grafting and bone augmentation.

All-on-4

Here at Kent House Dental Clinic we offer our patients the option of All-on-Four treatment, also known as the ‘Smile in a day’ procedure. Using this procedure our dentists are able to provide you with a brand new smile after just one visit! The unique All-on-Four method is an alternative approach to other forms of dental implants, such as root-form implants, and allows the patient to receive a fully-fixed permanent bridge of teeth that are attached onto only four implants, enabling the work to be completed in just one day.

How does it work?

The name ‘All-on-Four’ simply means that four dental implants are inserted into specific areas that will allow the new teeth to be attached. These implants are similar to the screws used in root-form implants. One of the reasons why the All-on-Four method is so special is because of the way the implant screws are inserted. By inserting a screw at a specific angle, more bone is utilised to hold the screw, which provides extra support. If you are a patient who has been told in the past that you do not qualify for implants, you may still be able to receive treatment through the All-on-Four procedure.

What are the advantages of the All-on-Four method?

  • Once the implants are fitted it is possible to start eating after a short amount of time
  • The fixtures are permanently fixed
  • There is far less need for a bone graft
  • This method is less painful than other procedures
  • The implants are easily maintained
  • It is a much more cost efficient method of receiving implants
  • A whole set of teeth can be fixed in place by just four implants

Things to note

Occasionally, there may be a need to use up to six implants instead of four; however, this is not unusual in this procedure. It all depends on the individual and personal factors such as bone density.

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