gum disease and implants

What are dental implants?

Implants are specifically designed to replicate your existing teeth.

They are permanently affixed to the bone in your jaw using a titanium screw that functions as an artificial root, providing a secure, natural-looking solution to close gaps caused by tooth loss.

We can use dental implants to restore one or more missing teeth, replace entire arches, or provide additional security for other restorations like bridges and dentures.

The truth about dental implants

dental implants before and afterFast facts:

  • Dental implants are decay-resistant
  • Implants look like regular teeth as the crowns are constructed from natural ceramic
  • Implant surgery is a well-established, safe procedure with a 98% success rate
  • They can last for many decades and possibly even a lifetime

What some dentists may not tell you

Tooth loss is very serious – and if you have ignored gaps in your mouth for more than six months it is likely that you exhibit other oral conditions and complications that might interfere with your implant surgery.

The truth is when you lose a tooth other pressure is adding to surrounding, neighbouring teeth who have to bear the weight.

On top of this, bone loss in the jaw is very common.

If there is an insufficient amount of bone in your jaw, you will likely need to undergo bone graft surgery.

This will ensure that your implant is more secure and prevents the likelihood of it failing.

Sinus lifts or sinus augmentations may also be a necessary additional procedure that will make it easier for us to place implants too. Sinus lifts help increase the amount of bone in the upper jaw as it adds more bone to the space between the molars.

Whilst these surgeries may seem unnecessary or scary, we are to reassure you that these are often quite basic and straightforward procedures that often go hand-in-hand with implant treatments.

Quick answers to common questions:

  • How much do implant teeth cost? From £1,900.
  • What is the downside of dental implants? They take time to fuse with the bone and heal properly (this can take months). Immediate teeth, also known as Teeth in a Day or All-on-Four can be completed in just one appointment.
  • Are dental implants worth it? Completely – they are considered to be the best tooth-replacement device.

Types of dental implants

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  • Single: Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma
  • Multiple: Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row.
  • Zygomatic: When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone.
  • All-on-Four: Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws.

What is implant surgery like?

The first step of the dental implant procedure is a general overview of your oral health, including an x-ray and scan of your teeth and jaw.

This is primarily to determine and assess whether you have sufficient bone density in your jaw to support an implant.

Dr Ali Rifai, your expert restorative dentist will position the implant into your jaw. They will then allow the gums and the jaw bone to heal safely (osseointegration). During this time the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone.

This process typically takes between three and six months, but it can happen faster for some patients.

When the implant is securely in place, the specialist dentist will attach a high-quality crown to an abutment or post, completing the process and securely holding the new tooth in place.

The entire process is often described as pain-free, feeling no different to tooth extraction.

Some discomfort may be experienced following surgery, however, this is soon alleviated in a few days and with over the counter medications.

The advantages

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Read more about the pros and cons of implants.

Not only do implants have cosmetic benefits, but they also encourage the growth and repair of new bone in the jaw; improving the overall condition of your oral health.

When we lose a tooth, the surrounding bone begins to break down. With a dental implant, you can prevent or even reverse the effects of bone loss.

Dental implants are also long-lasting and can be maintained upwards of 20 years with the correct aftercare.

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Aftercare and maintenance

If properly cared for, your dental implants will cause you no problems and stay healthy forever.

That’s why it is important to look after your implants as best as you can once you have had your procedure.

Tips to care for your new implants

Be aware of the potential risks and how to prevent and eliminate them with our aftercare guide below:

Avoid smoking:

Smoking can damage your implants the same way it can damage your teeth – it is best to avoid smoking generally in order to reduce the risk of discolouration, gum disease and mouth cancer.

During the healing phases, smoking can interrupt the healing process meaning the implant may not fully integrate with the jaw if you continue to smoke in the first few days post-treatment.

See: Gum disease, gingivitis & periodontal disease and implants.

Oral hygiene

We recommend caring for your implants the same way you would care for your natural teeth – brushing twice a day, cleaning the narrow gaps and hard to reach places and using mouthwash to eradicate and remaining bacteria that could lead to infection or bad breath.

General maintenance:

Our relationship with our patients does not end as soon as the treatment does, we will be happy to continue meeting and offering more advice and check-ups to make sure your dental implants are in the best condition.

Our hygienists can also carry out professional cleaning of your implants, and they are fully trained in the optimum preservation of the implants and will help you increase their lifespan.

We recommend meeting our hygienists at least once a year.

“I will be recommending Dr Rifai and all the staff to everyone.” – Michael M.

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Implants vs other tooth-replacement methods

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How do I know whether to have implants or dentures?

There are several non-permanent solutions available if you have missing teeth.

Dentures are another common treatment choice, see some of the differences between the treatments below:

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  • Dental Implant (including tooth): £1,900
  • All-on-4/6 (full arch): £9,995
  • Zygoma: £19,995

Whilst, initially dental implants may not appear to be affordable, they can be when comparing their durability against alternative reconstructive treatments.

Patients are able to save money on their dental implant treatment by combining implants with other procedures, for example, implant-retained dentures.

More than this, if patients are experiencing multiple tooth loss, we are able to only use four implants to replace teeth throughout the entire mouth.

  • Can I get dental implants on the NHS? Implant dentistry is not redeemable via the NHS, they are more likely to prescribe cheaper alternatives like dentures.
  • Can I get dental implants on insurance? Whilst you will have to check with your particular provider, insurance typically does not cover the cost of dental implants. However, as dental implants are now more recognised for their durability, insurers are beginning to recognise their quality. More.
  • Are dental implants available through 0% finance? Patients have the option to pay for their treatment interest-free for a period of 24 months.

Speak to one of our dental professionals about this permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth on 020 8224 7562.

We regularly see patients from Esher, Claygate, Hinchley Wood, Thames Ditton, Cobham, Walton, Addlestone, Chertsey, Chessington, Epsom, Hampton, Kingston, Shepperton, Staines, Sunbury, Surbiton, Sutton, Teddington, Twickenham and Woking and welcome new patients and referrals.


  • A patient’s guide to dental implants (PDF)
  • Dental implants on the NHS
  • Strauman procedure guide (PDF)
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