Dr Patrick Kennedy with patient explaining dental implants

Dental Implants

Loose dentures or missing teeth can cause a number of personal and practical problems in your everyday life. Your self-esteem, your eating, chewing and your speech can be seriously affected by gaps and sore gums.

A dental implant is a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They significantly help to improve your quality of life and enable you to feel confident and happy again.

Implants can be suitable for most people, whatever your age and the condition of your teeth. We can offer a number of dental implant treatments to help enable you to smile freely and live the life you want.

Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations in dentistry – made of titanium, they look and feel just like real teeth and, with proper care, can last a lifetime.

Your dentist places them directly into your jawbone, where they provide an artificial replacement for the root of your missing tooth or teeth. They can be placed into the upper and lower jaws and will bond (osseointegrate) with the bone and thus become the anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials like titanium, used to replace missing teeth. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth.

Dental implant surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you should not feel pain during the procedure. Some discomfort and swelling may occur afterward, but it can be managed with prescribed medications.

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Regular oral hygiene and dental check-ups are essential to ensure their longevity.

The dental implant process typically involves several stages, including initial consultation, implant placement, healing time, and attachment of the artificial teeth. It can take several months to complete.

Yes, dental implants are designed to closely resemble natural teeth in both appearance and function. They provide a natural look and feel, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures, including better stability, improved chewing ability, enhanced aesthetics, and reduced risk of bone loss.

The Bonding Process

They have many advantages over more traditional methods such as bridges or dentures;

  • They prevent shrinkage of the jaw bone which makes the face look older.
  • Adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down as in the case of bridges.
  • They are not removable like a denture so are more stable and comfortable.
  • If you already have a denture as few as 2 implants can improve its retention and stability.
  • Dental implants can greatly help to improve your speech and the ability to chew and eat foods.
  • Depending on your specific needs, implants can be used to replace one or more teeth and they not affect any of your remaining teeth at all.
Dr Patrick Kennedy with patient explaining dental implants

Case Study

This patient was missing his lower premolars and molars after they were extracted due to historic failed root fillings and he was finding it difficult to chew on that side with less teeth.

Patrick Kennedy placed 2 implants into the patients lower jaw positioned carefully to accept a three tooth bridge.

The patient now has complete dentition on this side of the mouth.

Patient side view with missing lower premolar and molars right side.

You can see the perfect gum health created by the healing collars although these are not necessary if the area is at the front of the mouth.

Mirror view of the Implants, the biocompatibility of implants is clear from the health of the surrounding gum.

The final three tooth bridge that has been crafted by our local dental laboratory technician Simon in Portishead. Shown on the model.

Side view of the bridge.

Mirror view of the bridge.