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How long have dental implants been in the UK?

Although modern Implantology began in Sweden in the late 60’s, popularity really grew throughout the UK in the 1980’s.

Richard Gatenby has been placing implants for more than 30 years, and over that period has performed more than 3000 successful procedures!

What are the benefits of dental implants

Your new dental implant will look and feel like natural teeth.

With dental implants you will have more confidence to smile and even be able to bite an apple!

Dental implants can replace a removable denture with fixed teeth.

Dental implants stop your gums and bone from shrinking which reduces the aging effect caused by losing teeth.

How long does the treatment take?

Each case has to be assessed on an individual basis. For “routine” cases treatment time can be only ten weeks. More complex cases can take longer. For instance, when there is sufficient bone, treatment time is shorter and when there is insufficient bone, treatment time can be increased if a graft is needed.

Your specific needs and a treatment schedule will be explained to you following your consultation.

Will I be left without teeth during treatment?

We understand it can be embarrassing for patients to be without their teeth.

During the treatment we will ensure that you will always smile confidently and that nobody will know you have a gap.

Can dental implants preserve bone?

Yes, they can, and once dental implants have been placed the bone can even become stronger.

Would I need to do anything prior to implant treatment?


As part of our consultation we will screen your gums and bone for any infections. Prior to implant placement your remaining teeth and gums need to be healthy.

What if I am nervous about the treatment?

Some of our patients prefer to have the dental implants placed under sedation.

A sedative can be carefully administered to relax you during the treatment, and ensure that you remember nothing about it afterwards.

How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?

It is essential that you continue to see your own dentist and your hygienist for your regular check-ups.

Clinical studies have shown that a yearly review with your implantologist is desirable for the longevity of your implants.

Am I too old for dental implants?


Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the dental implants.

If there is not enough bone, extra bone can often be grafted.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

We work closely with our patients to ensure that they feel no discomfort during the placement of their dental implant. This is through using an effective local anaesthetic and post-operatively the use of effective painkillers ensures that our patients remain comfortable throughout.


We also offer sedation for those patients who would prefer it.

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