Ian Hallam is a cosmetic dentist and a comparethetreatment.com expert, specialising in smile makeovers
Dentures are removable and rely on surrounding teeth and the roof of the mouth for support, whereas implants feel like real teeth that are permanent with no involvement of other teeth or surrounding soft tissues.
No. The surgical procedure is usually carried out under sedation and local anaesthetic and there is normally only a little aching for a few days afterwards.
It will look as natural as any dental ceramic work. With modern porcelain, it is possible to match the shade to the surrounding natural teeth as closely as possible
Any tooth whitening should be done before any restorative work because, once fitted, the porcelain shade cannot be changed.
Patients are delighted with the treatment. It’s not painful, settles down really quickly and often they forget that the implant tooth is not a natural tooth.
One patient writes: ‘I just wanted to write a quick thank you for the fantastic work that you have done on remodelling my teeth. Those last few implants were the key to gaining what I have been missing for some 45 years. Your meticulous work and attention to detail have given me what nature failed to deliver when so many of my adult teeth refused to appear. Now I am able to chew with an efficiency that rivals that of a car-crushing machine and it’s left me feeling exultant. A job well done by all involved —and worth every penny, thank you.’