What Exactly is a Dental Implant?
All of us hope that our teeth will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
There are a variety of reasons as to why tooth replacement may be required:
- Tooth loss and resulting misalignment.
- Dental defects from a genetic condition.
- Complications arising from gum disease.
- Failed root canals.
- Excessive wear and tear.
- Trauma resulting from an accident.
- Tooth decay.
Dental Implants Offer Many Benefits
Losing a tooth can significantly impact your life. In addition to the obvious discomfort caused by a gap in the mouth, it can also affect patients psychologically by making them feel unflattering. For example, they might be unable to chew food properly.
Modern dental implants make it possible to replace teeth that have been lost or damaged permanently. Apart from the noticeable aesthetic improvement they provide, this tooth replacement method also offers the following advantages:
- Preservation of bone that slowly breaks down when a tooth is lost.
- The functionality of the crowns is similar to that of natural teeth.
- In comparison to alternative treatments such as dentures, this treatment provides superior comfort.
- Provides a highly cost-effective treatment considering how long-lasting it is.
- Significant improvement of the oral health of the patient.
The Process of Tooth Replacement
Following implant placement, it will take around 3 months for the patient’s natural bone to fuse with the implant. Restoration can begin once the base has been formed and is deemed strong enough.
With yearly checkups, good oral hygiene, and regular hygienist visits, your dental implants could last a lifetime; there is no expiration date on them.
Research is ongoing on patients whose implants were placed many years ago and are still fully functional today. At stages, new crowns may be necessary, but that does not always imply implant replacement.
It’s post-procedure care that determines whether implants last as long as they’re designed to. While supporting hygiene treatments are recommended by our implantologist, it is the patient’s responsibility to maintain good oral health.
Occasionally, certain conditions or medications can decrease implant longevity. In this case, you will need to schedule a yearly appointment with the implantologist to ensure the implants and surrounding bone are stable.
Teeth in a Day Protocol
Patients can have a temporary set of teeth placed on implants immediately after undergoing the initial implant procedure, known as ‘Teeth in a Day.’
Only the implantologist can remove your implant-supported teeth, which remain in the mouth until bone and implant integration. The healing process takes an average of 3-6 months, and the final restoration is subsequently fitted.
Due to the case-by-case nature of Teeth-in-a-Day, the concept cannot be applied to all patients. Patients’ bone volume and bite are among the factors that determine whether this treatment is possible. The implants must be highly stable at the moment of placement, therefore requiring sufficient bone density to support the temporary teeth.
Dental Implant Brands We Offer
The world has nearly 600 dental implant companies, but there are only a few that can support their claims with sufficient research.
Researchers at Straumann have completed extensive research in the field of implant dentistry, the results of which have been used by rival manufacturers to produce their implant parts.
At the Marylebone Implant Centre, we use Straumann implant systems for our dental implant treatments
Why Should you Choose us Over our Competitors?
An unrivalled reputation in dental implantology
Our implantologists completed their full-time residencies at some of the most prestigious academic institutions around the world. They also undergo full-time professional development to keep up with the constantly changing standards of the dental industry.
In addition to lecturing in the UK, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States, our practice’s director, Dr. Francisco Marques dos Santos, regularly presents internationally. A leading opinion leader in the UK for Implant Direct LLC, his expertise is “immediate implant placement in the aesthetic area.” A mentor to other clinicians, he gives seminars to other clinicians in this field of expertise.
Due to the fact that we offer full-time implant services, we are able to provide excellent prices without compromising on quality. By negotiating preferred rates with our suppliers, we can lower the costs for our clients.
We have a very experienced and knowledgeable management team. Many of our patient enquiries can be handled over the phone or via email, even before patients attend a consultation. We are always available for patients to ask questions or enquire about their treatment.
With our very high success rate, we exceed the accepted standards for dental implants. Our results are due in part to our thorough assessment of each patient at the beginning – by means of an interview, clinical exam, CT scan, and X-ray examination.
Each patient is unique. Based on our comprehensive consultations, we can create personalised treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. These plans take into account each stage of treatment, the timeframe it takes, as well as the associated costs.
The best materials are used in our treatments; there is no other way to ensure success. The partners we work with are the most established in the UK and internationally – we do not use substandard copies.
Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), we adhere to their guidelines. Our immaculate report is self-explanatory. In order to maintain a safe environment for our patients, we take health and safety extremely seriously.
Dental Implant Costs & Financing
There is no obligation to continue treatment after your consultation. It is entirely up to you. In order to better serve all of our patients, we offer 0% financing on most dental procedures.
All implant procedures are covered by financing.
Common Dental Implant Questions and Answers
Following a brief chat and update on the patient’s medical history, the clinician will numb the area where the implants will be placed. Then, once they verify the area is completely numb, they proceed to gently open the gum where the implant will be placed and will use a sequence of silent surgical drills in order to create the ‘bed’ where the implant will be placed.
This is usually a quick procedure that simply causes some vibration and gentle pressure. There is no noise involved, unlike when a filling is done. The clinician will then proceed to place the dental implant in the bed previously created. A small healing cap is usually placed on top of the implant and a few dissolvable stitches are placed in order to close the gum around the implant.
A few x-rays will be taken along the procedure. At the end of the procedure, the clinician will cover aftercare instructions and provide pain-killing medication to the patient.
While they are completely integrated, providing that they are healthy and in an healthy environment, dental implants are not painful at all. During the process of implant placement there is no associated pain as the area is numb. Depending on the area and technique utilised, the days after the implant is placed it could give some discomfort that can be easily tackled with pain killers.
It could vary from one area of the mouth to another, and from one patient to another. The implant can be placed sometimes at the same time as the extraction, to those implants we call immediate implants, in some other cases we have to wait for 6 to 12 weeks to place the implant after the extraction is done.
Any patient from the age of 18 years, in good , or at least, stable, general health can have a dental implant procedure.
My initial thoughts on dental implants was with hesitation but, having gone through the experience at the excellent M.I.C. I wish I had had them sooner. My first visit for a consultation with the totally professional Dr Santos was so relaxed and friendly my confidence was established straight away and I decided to go ahead. Every step of my treatment was explained to me and any questions immediately dealt with by Dr Santos and his team who I feel gave me the highest quality service I could have had. I would highly recommend the M.I.C to anyone considering dental implants for this gentleman’s skill and expertise.
After many years living with a chrome cobalt partial denture I thought it was time to seriously investigate dental implants. The whole process from initial assessment/treatment plan to the finished product was amazing. I cannot get over the results MIC achieved. I can eat food that I wouldn’t dream of tackling with my denture a year ago. Dr Santos and his team are so friendly and professional. I have no hesitation in recommending the MIC.
I’ve just finished my treatment with the Marylebone Implant Centre and I’m delighted with the results. My expectations were truly exceeded! Prior to commencing treatment I met with Miriam to discuss my concerns (and wants) and to consider my options. Miriam conducted a full assessment and the output was a clear plan containing recommendations as well as options. Several months later my treatment is finished and I now have a smile I’m very proud of. Miriam and Francisco are clearly excellent dentists however, what kept me coming back, is that they both care about the welfare of their patients and are determined to achieve the results the patient wants. They keep at it until they (and the patient) are happy. The entire team are extremely professional and passionate about achieving the outcome the patient wants. Thanks Miriam, Francisco, Lyn, Sonia and Ellison for a pleasurable experience. You’re lovely people!
I attended the Marylebone Implant Centre with a multitude of problems including advanced perio, bone loss and tooth decay. I was in need of urgent help. Dr Francisco Marques dos Santos took on board my case and recommended a plan of treatment. The plan included extensive bone grafting, several extractions, bridge and implant work. The treatment went through many stages and spanned over two years. Dr Francisco Marques dos Santos carried out all the operations with great professionalism and care. He was there at every stage, unfazed by any complications, always supportive. The final result is brilliant, outstanding. Thank you!!!
A friend and neighbour was looking to have possible implants done when we spoke about this, I said I would probably need implants done as my current bridge, was becoming loose. I came for assessment and was very impressively with everyone here friendly and informative. It has taken a long time as I needed Bone Grafts and they needed time to heal and settle in. I am now about 3 weeks away from finishing treatment and I am thoroughly impressed with everything they have done.
I had an ongoing infection in my upper gum and was referred to MIC by my dentist. I was treated by Dr. Molins and Dr. Santos to a totally professional, considerate, warm and caring experience. I was timely, accurately both informally and formally told about what to expect as a patient and the treatment I received was 2nd to none in that nothing was too much for them to do to enable me to receive all that I could want and wish for from both a bone graft and implant.
I had made numerous contacts and researched what I was looking for in the dental procedure I required. From the first meeting with Dr Santos at the Marylebone implant clinic every thing became easily explained and confidence in him was immediate. The high level of expertise and treatment over the following 9 months of treatment was explained in detailed easy to understand appointments. The end result was far above my expectations and now have no feeling of implants with a natural feel. I have visited my previous private dentist with whom I have been for many years and he commented that the work had been the best he had seen. He now is recommending Dr.Santos for referrals. I cannot recommend the practice high enough and would not object to future patients contacting myself.
From my 1st consultation through to the final fitting of my implants my experience with Marylebone Implant Centre has been incredible. Everyone I met was incredibly professional and went out of their way to ensure that I fully understood the options available and all aspects of my treatment. I am incredibly happy with my implants and although finding a specialist that I felt I could trust to get the work done was paramount, the icing on the cake was the fact that the cost was so reasonable I was able to get three implants fitted for less than my local dentist in Clapham was going to charge for two! I would recommend MIC to anyone without reservation.
I am absolutely delighted with the customer service and treatment I received at the MIC. I have lived in a number of locations throuout the UK so have some experience of dentists – non of whom come close to the attention to detail of Dr Santos. Additionally nothing was to much trouble for the staff who were always friendly and professional. The implants look and feel completely natural! A days leave was required to commute to the practice on each occasion, but it was well worth it. I would recommend this practice without hesitation and would not hesitate to return if necessary.
I was very happy with the service from start to end, all treatment was completed whiten the quoted price, all treatment was done by the same specialist which was comforting. A 10 out of 10 service.
The level of efficiency , professionalism and integrity at the MIP are impressive indeed. I am absolutely delighted with my implant and looking forward to having another one. Thank you ever so much.
The treatment was carried out exactly as promised and a few months on is very satisfactory. I would go back for more treatment if I ever needed it.
I am very pleased with the implants and now it feels like they are my own teeth, there is no difference at all.
I had two teeth implants performed in February 2016 and can say the process was painless, efficiently carried out and with excellent results. All the staff were marvellous – the receptionists encouraging, supportive and friendly and the dentist utterly charming and very experienced. Lastly, the price was one of the most competitive on the market. I would highly recommend it without reservation.
I had my implant about 3 weeks ago. It was far less painful than I thought it would be; for me, probably the most uncomfortable bit was the initial injection, although not too bad. The aftercare from the team too was superior to what I expected. So far, I’ve been very impressed with my new implant and also the whole team at the implant centre.
From the reception staff through to my treatment everything was first class service. On each visit I was greeted with a smile and extractions bone growth and implants are all excellent. I must add the cost was considerably less than I had been quoted elsewhere. Would thoroughly recommend the MARYLEBONE implant centre
I’m delighted with my dental implants. Dr Santos and his team were very professional and a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole process. Many thanks.
After very careful research, I chose MIC. I am so pleased that I did as ALL the staff are magnificent. I had 14 teeth removed, 6 implants, 3 bone grafts and now have the most beautiful and incredibly real-looking set of upper teeth. The professionalism is obvious at every visit.I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them. MIC were also about 30% cheaper than the others I obtained quotes from! Thank you for everything, Francisco and crew.
At 85, I did wonder if this treatment would be to much for me to handle. I’m happy to say it was the best thing I could have done. After many years of a partial denture and problems with the few teeth I had left I took a leap of faith in Dr Santos and his team, and the results are fantastic. Dr Santos took me though the treatment step by step and I had every confidence in him and the final result, I was not let down. Dr Santos even put up with me talking about football every time we met.
I had a complicated case, whereby I had an infection in my gum in the area that I needed my implant, which also meant that I needed to have a bone graft. I had many consultations with various Implantologists. It was only until I met with Dr Santos, that I felt confident that he would be the one I trusted to do the job.He understood my history of bad experiences with dentists and that I was a very nervous patient. Everything was explained every step of the way, there were no hidden costs and the price was extremely reasonable for what I needed done. Dr Santos made sure that I was happy with the end result and I truly am. It was a long process, but worth as I now have my old smile back. Dr Santos and his team are professional, friendly and make you feel at ease. I cannot recommend MIC enough!
I am very happy with my ‘new tooth’ from the Marylebone Implant Centre. From the first time I walked through the door to my last visit and the aftercare plan, I have been completely satisfied. Dr dos Santos explained everything clearly and put me at ease when I had a natural tooth removed for the first time. Ciara and Paula who run the front desk are absolutely delightful and went out of their way to make sure I understood everything properly from finance to aftercare. One year on, my implant feels and looks like a normal natural molar.
Great service for the entire team Very happy with everything and highly recommend them to anyone looking to have treatment or an Implant. Good information and step by step guide to what would happen and the whole thing was smooth and without fault. Thanks!
I have had three implants carried out painlessly and with great skill. Brilliant dental surgeon.
From the 1st call I made and spoke with Paula I was reassured to be in good,professional trusted hands.. After speaking with a few practices I was glad to have left calling here last. Clean,confident,with no fuss from a warm welcome at reception to final fit. 100% happy.
I just had a second set of overdentures made by the Marylebone Implant Centre (Francisco dos Santos). I was amazed at the quality and speed of the work, and the price was also very reasonable. But most importantly, at this practice you always feel that the customer comes first, and that your comfort and satisfaction are paramount. My first set of overdentures are also still going strong after more than 5 years, and the actual implants themselves have given me no trouble in all this time. While I cannot claim the actual implant procedure was pain-free, and I doubt it ever could be, the whole experience was extremely professionally managed, and also reasonably priced at one half to one third of the price quoted by other implant practices. I wholeheartedly recommend this practice for the reasons cited above.
It’s almost impossible for me to write this review without sounding like a relative but I will do my best. I was recommended to Marylebone Implant Centre by a friend at work. I am absolutely amazed at the professionalism, service and the final look of my teeth (I had them all done and they look incredible!!) Everything was so professional from start to finish and the team at the centre were all absolutely incredible. I highly and thoroughly recommend them to anybody.
Very professional approach to the dental surgery giving good confidence in a successful outcome. Absolutely no problems with the two implants which have given me the confidence to smile in public again.
I was always welcomed by staff in reception and dentist and his assistant. It was an uncomfortable experience to undergo but I was given painkillers to combat any discomfort . Great care was taken by the dentist to make me feel comfortable. It was the best decision I made and it was due to my dental Hygienist Catriana Bavington who strongly advised me to undergo this treatment and she introduced me to MIC. I am grateful to her and all the staff who looked after me.
Marylebone Implant Centre, Carrying a Special Interest in Implant Dentistry
At the Marylebone Implant Centre, we are considered to be a centre of excellence for dental implants in London. As part of our treatments, we use only the leading implant brands in tandem with the latest dental techniques and materials – all of which are clinically approved and tested regularly.
We pride ourselves on the utmost care & transparency with patients before, after and during treatment. Our treatment plans include all fees and information on time scales; there are no hidden costs. Our clinicians are highly experienced and are all registered under the GDC.