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The Implant Patient Journey

At the Dental & Implant Centre we provide a fully integrated high quality implant service. Our aim is to restore or replace teeth as required, from a single missing tooth to multiple teeth and their supporting structures. We strive to restore the smile, improve confidence and enhance the quality of life.

Patients can be confident that almost all surgical and prosthodontic stages of their treatment will be carried out by our implant team. You can rest assured that we will continue to maintain good communication with your dentist whilst you are in our care.

What is a dental implant?
Dental Implant

A dental implant is typically a screw shaped attachment made from titanium. It is inserted within the jawbone to the take place of a missing tooth root. Once the bone has attached to the implant, a replacement tooth can be secured to the top of the implant. A new tooth can look, feel and perform almost like a natural tooth. It is also possible to use multiple implants to support a denture or bridge.

What are the benefits of implants? What is a Specialist dentist?

Specialists are experts in their field, having spent many years in post-graduate study to gain additional qualifications over and above their General Dental degree. They can use the title Specialist only once the General Dental Council has listed them on the Specialist Register and this only occurs when their credentials and post-graduate qualifications have been stringently checked and approved.

About our Specialist
Mr. Kashmira (Kash) S. Ubhi

Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics
BDS, FDSRCS, FFGDP, MSc (Implant Dentistry), MGDS RCS, MFDS RCPS, MFGDP, LDS RCS

Mr. Kash Ubhi has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 20 years. Qualifying from King College, London in 1985, Kash was awarded a Distinction in Master of Science Degree in Implant Dentistry from Guys and St Thomas' Hospital in 2000 and achieved the "Specialist in Prosthodontics" status in 2003. With his continuous commitment to excellence, Kash has lectured extensively in both the UK and abroad. He is often invited to participate in postgraduate teaching both nationally and internationally. He is also an Examiner for the Implant Diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as Specialist Dentist in the craniofacial department at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

Kash believes in the whole mouth approach to dental care, so that he can tailor treatment from his extensive knowledge of implants, smile makeovers, crowns, bridges and cosmetic dentures to create beautiful, life changing smiles.

The Conventional Implant Procedure

The Implant process normally involves several steps that take place over a period from three to nine months. A typical process includes:

Initial consultation
Initial consultation

An assessment will be made of the feasibility of providing implants for you. The sequence of the treatment and full cost of each stage will be discussed and detailed in a subsequent written treatment plan.

At this appointment X-rays are taken and if necessary a CT Scan will be organised on your behalf.

Surgical stent preparation
Surgical stent preparation

Accurate models are prepared of your mouth and areas requiring implants. A surgical stent is constructed in preparation for the next stage so that the implants can be precisely positioned.

Bone grafting procedure (if required)

Following the loss of natural teeth, the underlying bone may slowly diminish. If insufficient bone remains, a variety of techniques are available to create new bone before implants are placed.

Placement of implants
Placement of implants

The actual operation to place the implant fixture under the gum. These form the foundation and fulfil the same function as the roots of your natural teeth.

This operation can be performed with you awake under local anaesthesia, or with sedation, which makes the treatment easier and more pleasant.

Exposure of implants
Exposure of implants

After a 3-6 month period to allow the implants time for full integration with your bone structure, the top of the implant can be exposed.

This involves a small operation usually carried out under local anaesthetic.

The gum is left to settle for a few weeks after which the implants can be brought into function.

Restorative treatment
Restorative treatment

This stage uses the implant to support the replacement teeth. Impressions are taken and the restorations are constructed at a specialist dental laboratory. The types of restoration vary greatly, from a simple crown for a missing tooth to full dentures that are kept firmly in place by two or more implants. In more complex cases it is possible to construct full mouth fixed bridges using multiple implants.

Hygiene and implant maintenance

Regular and professional care is important in the maintenance of good dental health. This can be carried out by your regular Dentist.

Implant work will not succeed unless immaculate oral hygiene is maintained. Following the completion of the implant treatment, patients are to be reviewed on an annual basis, by the Specialist Surgeon. In the long term, it is necessary to assess and monitor gum attachment and underlying gum support with both radiographs and routine hygienist visits.

What do I do next?

Please contact our Reception to arrange an appointment.

FEE GUIDE

We have listed a guide to the minimum charges that would be encountered with typical type of cases.

Example One

Single missing tooth replaced with one implant and a crown under local anaesthesia. Estimated cost of £2,450 - £2,995

Example Two

Two implants used to support a small bridge. Estimated cost of £4,450 - £5,525

Example Three

Six implants to support full arched bridge with 10 – 12 teeth. Estimated cost of £14,000 - £16,000.

Despite the thoroughness of planning, extra procedures are sometimes required during treatment to produce the best results. It is important that in this event you should accept that appropriate alternative treatment is performed at the time of the treatment, although it may be different to that already planned. We hope to give you prior notification of any changes to the original treatment plan and associated fees.

SUMMARY OF THE IMPLANT PROCESS
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We undertake consultation, assessment with x-rays, to provide you with a written treatment plan. This letter will detail the treatment options and costs. A copy will also be sent to the referring dentist.

In some cases, bone grafting may be required. The options for bone regeneration include autogenous bone (patient's own bone-preferred option), synthetic bone, human processed bone or bovine bone.

Following the completion of the treatment, you will be referred back to the care of your regular dentist.

Annual monitoring of your implant restoration is highly recommended by the Specialist.

Once the patient accepts the plan by signing a consent form, study models and photographs are prepared, together with a surgical stent, which helps to accurately position the implants.

The placement of implants is normally performed under local anaesthesia and sedation using a fully sterile technique.

After 3 to 6 months the implants can be exposed to support the final restoration.

Qoute Dear Mr Ubhi
Thank you for your patience, your kindness and expertise during the year. When I had my implant, my denture and now my crown. It was a difficult time and really trying at times.
Now I can smile and be confident, not conscious of what I look like when I do. It's wonderful!
I could not have had a better team to look after my needs at the surgery. The staff was always so professional and friendly at all times.
Thank you all. Qoute

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The Dental & Implant Centre
The Dental & Implant Centre
51 Hill Avenue
Amersham, Buckinghamshire
HP6 5BX
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