0141 237 5430

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an artificial replacement for a tooth’s root. They fit directly into your jawbone and hold crowns or false teeth in place, in the same way that roots support natural teeth.

If you look after your teeth and implants properly, they can last for the rest of your life.

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and have an internal screw called an abutment that holds a false tooth (or teeth) in place.

A single dental implant can support one, or several, replacement teeth – you don’t need to have one implant per replacement tooth. How many you need will depend on how many teeth you need to replace and how strong your jawbone is in these areas. If you need to replace all your teeth, you’ll probably need to have at least six implants in your upper jaw, and between four and six in your lower jaw. It’s possible they can all be fitted in the same procedure. But your dentist will discuss this with you, and whether it’s best to do them in a few different sessions.

Making the decision?

Dental implant surgery involves having at least one operation. You need to have healthy gums and your jawbone needs to be strong enough to hold the implants.

Some dentists won't insert dental implants if you smoke, as it can affect how well the treatment works. Implants are also less likely to work if you’ve had radiotherapy. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or osteoporosis, might affect how well implants work but more research is needed to know for sure. It’s possible that your dentist might not recommend you have implants if you have either of these conditions. Your dentist will let you know if implants are an option for you.

Your dentist will talk to you about what will happen before, during, and after the procedure, and any pain you might have. It’s really important that you understand what to expect so you can decide whether to go ahead. Your dentist should go through the risks as well as the benefits. Think about any questions you want to ask – maybe write them down in advance so you don’t forget. If you decide to go ahead with the procedure, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form so you need to know what’s involved.

It’s important that the dentist who does your procedure has training in placing implants. They should reach standards that have been approved by the General Dental Council. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist how much experience they have.

Alternative options?

Dental implants are not the only options available and this will be discussed in more details before proceeding with implant surgery. These options include:

  • removable dentures (false teeth) – plastic or metal frameworks that hold false teeth
  • a bridge – false teeth that are fixed onto your adjacent natural teeth

The Procedure

f you decide to go ahead with implants, you’ll probably be asked to have some X-rays. This is so your dentist can check the shape of your jawbone and where it’s best to place the implant. These will also show the position of other structures in your mouth, such as your nerves. You may need to have a CT scan if the X-rays don’t provide enough information.

Most people have dental implant surgery under local anaesthesia. This completely blocks pain from your mouth and you’ll stay awake during the procedure. You may also have a sedative – this relieves anxiety and helps you to relax. Alternatively, you may need to go into hospital and have treatment under general anaesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep during the procedure. But this is rare.

How long your procedure will take will depend on how many implants you’re having and how complicated the procedure is. It’s possible to have several implants fitted in the same procedure, and this will naturally take longer. If you’re just having one implant fitted in an immediate implant procedure (see below), it should take about half an hour.

Fitting the implant

Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your dentist will make a cut in your gum and drill a small hole in your jawbone. The implant will fit into this hole.

There are then a few options on what your dentist can do next.

  • Option 1 – fitting immediately. If you’re having any teeth removed before dental implant surgery, your dentist may be able to put an implant straight into your tooth socket.
  • Option 2 – fitting after a short period. If it isn’t possible to immediately place the implant, your dentist will fit the implant in a second procedure, after a few weeks.
  • Option 3 – fitting after a longer period. Your dentist may fit a dental implant after several months, once your jawbone has had time to heal.

Fitting the abutment

Dental implants have an internal screw called an abutment that holds a false tooth (or teeth) in place. Your dentist can fit the implant and the abutment in one or two stages.

  • In one-stage treatment, the implant rod and the abutment that attaches the implant to the false tooth, or teeth, are fitted at the same time.
  • In two-stage treatment, the implant rod will be buried under your gum while your bone heals (you won’t see it in your mouth). You’ll have another operation a few months later to attach the abutment.

Attaching replacement teeth to the implant

Your dentist may attach artificial teeth on the same day that you have the implant. But you may need to wait between three and six months to allow your mouth to heal. During this time, you might need to have a temporary bridge or partial dentures so you can't see the spaces between your teeth. If you usually wear complete dentures, they can be adjusted so that you can wear them during this healing period.

After your mouth has healed, you’ll have another operation to uncover your gum over the top of the implant. Your dentist will then fit your artificial tooth or teeth onto the implant. The teeth may be fixed in place or you may be able to remove them when you need to clean them. Your dentist will make sure that they fit properly, match your other teeth and feel comfortable.

What Our Patients Say About Us

Google Reviews

  • review rating 5  Amazing dentist and great staff so welcoming 😊😊 have given me the best smile ever so happy 😁😁

    thumb Danielle Cunningham

    review rating 5  I was recomended to come to this practice, they do a variety of different treatments at a reasonable price. Staff are well presented and extremely friendly Great dentist and he does sedation 😀

    thumb patricia granty
  • review rating 5  Thanks for all the help with sorting out my teeth and clearing the pain so quickly

    thumb Alyaa Rammahi

    review rating 5  Green Apple Dental NHS and private dentistry offers wide range dental services, Free dental examinations, free denture repairs, its also child smile clinic, offers same day emergency service, dental implats, private and nhs welcome.

    thumb Tommy Butler
  • review rating 5  I am so happy to have found this practice after searching for a while. I am extremely nervous and dreaded getting root canal treatment. Dr Ahmed Rammahi made me feel at ease and treated my tooth without any pain.

    thumb Hussain Khan

    review rating 5  I am so happy to have found this practice after searching for a while. I am extremely nervous and dreaded getting root canal treatment. Dr Ahmed Rammahi made me feel at ease and treated my tooth without any pain.

    thumb Hussain Khan
  • review rating 5  First of all i would like to say the two receptionists rasha and Rebecca have always been so helpfull with arranging and if needed cancelling appointments and the magician ahmed who is only avalible every 2 week well worth the wait got all my crowns done pain free guy is a legend i would recommend this practice all day long

    thumb Parminder Singh

    review rating 5  Thanks for all the help with sorting out my teeth and clearing the pain so quickly

    thumb Alyaa Rammahi

Facebook Review

Green Apple Dental Studio
5.0
Based on 34 reviews
powered by Facebook
Heather Thomson
Heather Thomson
2019-07-31T14:44:41+0000
I went too my first appointment today.. I am a very nervous patient but was completely put at ease from my dentist... romana.. She spoke and took her time to talk through everything and have a plan in place. Would highly recommendread more
Jane MacBeth Kerr
Jane MacBeth Kerr
2019-06-27T21:07:57+0000
Had treatment today, I was a nervous wreck but treated so well. Very happy with service. Small downside for me was... receptionist constantly and very obviously chewing gum, took my payment and not even a goodbye as I left. Maybe I'm too old fashioned!read more
Steven Martins
Steven Martins
2019-03-08T21:34:56+0000
great service and staff😃
Brian Burrell
Brian Burrell
2018-09-01T07:33:42+0000
superb attention caring dentists staff loooovely totaly felt at ease
Philip Mcallister
Philip Mcallister
2018-08-31T22:50:17+0000
Just starting going to dentist an staff are really friendly an make you feel welcome would recommend them any time
Danielle Stevenson
Danielle Stevenson
2018-04-30T09:56:10+0000
Amazing dentist and great staff so welcoming � have given me my smile back couldn't be more happier ���
Ally Wright
Ally Wright
2017-12-07T13:21:40+0000
Had lip fillers done by Ahmed yesterday and they are absolutely amazing! Very professional and made me feel really... comfortable through the whole process! I will definitely be back!read more
Mark Berman
Mark Berman
2017-11-23T10:24:42+0000
It has now been over 3 months and all is well. Excellent service and attitude during whole process. I was constantly... kept up-to-date with progress and found it easy to be seen at any time.read more
Derek Frizzle
Derek Frizzle
2017-11-18T01:00:55+0000
Derek Frizzle Read a lot of testimonials from a number of dentists regarding implant surgery and turns out Green Apple... Dental Studio is up there with the best of them. Luckily for me they are only round the corner. I would like to thank Ahmed and all the team for their great service from start to finish. I am absolutely delighted with the finished work and so glad I chose Green Apple Dental Studio.😁😁 Like · Reply · Just nowread more
Shivani Singh Pawar
Shivani Singh Pawar
2017-11-05T00:13:15+0000
Excellent dentist...superb staff highly recommend ..
Vipul Pawar
Vipul Pawar
2017-10-02T23:04:01+0000
Simply the best dentist in town. Calm, relaxed and caring environment with all treatments provided under one roof.... Excellent staff and first class customer service. Highly recommend this practice !!!read more
Moh K Rammahi
Moh K Rammahi
2017-07-18T22:23:19+0000
Danielle Reilly
Danielle Reilly
2017-05-24T20:54:32+0000
Amhed is my dentist in Milton dental practice I will be following him to his new practice
Denise Brady
Denise Brady
2017-02-15T01:40:57+0000
Would recommend to anyone who is nervous really nice staff x
Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray
2016-12-01T17:07:24+0000
This is a Great Dentist. Staff are all really friendly and welcoming and provide a great service. I would highly... recommend to anyone.read more
Nichola McMaster
Nichola McMaster
2016-11-10T20:55:58+0000
Great dentist. So friendly and great service. Would definitely recommend ��
Lynn Corrigan
Lynn Corrigan
2016-11-10T16:58:26+0000
Excellent dental practice 5 star treatment. Would highly recommend, as I have already got my mum, my daughter, my... friend and my goddaughter registered at this practice. 5star +++++.read more
Stuart 'Rupert' Brodie
Stuart 'Rupert' Brodie
2016-11-10T16:38:36+0000
Suzie Weir
Suzie Weir
2016-11-10T16:26:34+0000
Hassan Dakhel
Hassan Dakhel
2016-08-19T09:37:37+0000
what an amazing service you guys provide..always have a smile on the whole lot of you unlike many dental practices. I... got simple treatment like a filling and complex treatment like root canal..and I can honestly say I was treated in a very professional manner. thanks guys and keep it up.read more
Rami Al Gherebawi
Rami Al Gherebawi
2016-08-18T23:30:12+0000
Sach a great service and great stuff i had an amazing experience at that dental surgery i wish that every one have the... chance to visit the dental xread more
Daniel Lynch
Daniel Lynch
2016-08-18T19:36:49+0000
Darn Jauncey
Darn Jauncey
2016-06-17T10:06:27+0000
Amazing dentist I would like to say thanks for the treatment
GreenApple DentalStudio
GreenApple DentalStudio
2015-11-10T11:51:40+0000
Ahmed Rammahi
Ahmed Rammahi
2015-11-08T18:05:49+0000
Silver Scissors
Silver Scissors
2015-09-19T14:42:44+0000
Ashwaq Abdulrazaq
Ashwaq Abdulrazaq
2015-09-07T11:45:21+0000
Saja Haider
Saja Haider
2015-09-07T11:38:48+0000
Dean Millar
Dean Millar
2015-08-27T18:37:01+0000
Excellent Very professional and friendly practice.
Sule Mau
Sule Mau
2015-08-01T10:26:03+0000
Alhaddad Alhaddad
Alhaddad Alhaddad
2015-03-30T22:53:22+0000
Amera Abo Wael
Amera Abo Wael
2015-03-30T21:08:58+0000
Next Reviews

Request a Consultation

Please select a dentist you would prefer to see?
How did you hear about us?