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Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth or fix dentures in place. A small titanium screw is placed in the jaw bone and acts like the root of a tooth. Once the implant is stable, a crown can be placed on it to fill the gap.

Using implants to fill a gap means we don’t have to involve other teeth, as you would with a bridge, and an implant restoration feels and looks very natural!

A loose or ill fitting denture can be distressing and we can use implants to secure a denture. As few as two implants can be enough to hold dentures firmly in place, with less pink plastic covering the roof of your mouth.

bob-brazenallWe are able to offer sedation to patients during implant placement and our clinical and management teams are well trained in caring for our patients.

Our Dental Implant Centre has grown out of more than 26 years experience of placing and restoring implants. Dr Bob Brazenall has been a member of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) since its formation in 1989 and in 2010 became the ADI mentor for Devon.

We see many patients referred to us from our colleagues in other practices, along with many who come to see us independently. We have been privileged to care for our clients through their courses of treatment and see them grow in confidence as their quality of life improves along with their oral health.

If you think dental implants might be the right solution for you – call our team on 01392 490949 and let us make the difference!


Please click on a testimonial below to read the full review.

“I can’t say enough about my 4 dental implants…”

“I can’t say enough about my 4 dental implants, which have now been in for 2 years. My eye teeth never came through as a child so I’ve had a bridge of one type or another for over twenty years. These bridges led to the loss of two further teeth. I decided I wanted to replace my existing bridges with dental implants so no further damage was caused to my existing teeth. This was not quite as straight forward as its sounds as my bone had reabsorbed over the years and I needed a bone graft.Bob was able to offer me the expertise and professionalism I needed to sort out my teeth. Which I have to say I’m delighted with, I now have four dental implants and four crowns, which look amazing. When I explain to people about all the work I’ve had done, they don’t believe it, as they say my teeth look so natural.”

Sarah from Torquay

“Thanks to Bob and his very professional team.”

“My experience can be split into four phases.My first phase was pre-treatment. The apprehension I had quickly dissipated because of the professional and friendly network of people involved in the practice. The consultation with Bob was very informative and thorough. Also very important I was given an agenda of treatment and timings, which also listed the costs at different stages. Therefore I was always aware of the total costs involved.

The second phase was the actual implant surgery. On arrival I was made to feel very comfortable prior to commencement. On commencement Bob carried our pre sedation checks and outlined the procedure to be carried out. I felt confident and assured in Bobs professionalism and capabilities. The procedure was carried out and was a total success.

The third stage was the aftercare relating to the treatment on the completing of the surgery. Great emphasis was taken to make sure that I was as comfortable as possible. Medication was prescribed to prevent infection and to easy any discomfort. What was very important and reassuring was Bob provided his mobile phone number to enable contact after surgery hours if there were any problems.

The fourth and final stage was the remaining procedure for the abutment and bridges to be fitted. These were carried out with great care and expertise.

The final outcome was a total success with the implants in place. All I had hoped for had come to fruition and thanks to Bob and his very professional team.”

Freddie from Newton Abbot

“I can smile with confidence.”

“I absolutely hated wearing my denture, only putting it in if I was going out. Then having to discreetly remove it if I wanted to eat, remembering not to smile thereafter. I’d slip it into a pocket, purse, bag or in the car on the way home, then, of course, I couldn’t find it the next time I was going out! For me, implants were a must. I had no idea what was involved, expect maybe to drill into the bone. Aagh!A friend recommended I contact Bob, and I haven’t looked back. After a thorough check up, three implants and two crowns were the order of the day, along with the odd filling or two!

Treatment started and revealed a decayed tooth had infected the bone. That had to be addressed and the healing time extended the period before the implants could be fitted. That was the worst thing – the waiting.

Not once, throughout all the treatment and I needed a lot, did I feel any pain. Once I’d had the injection, I barely felt a thing. It was pain free. The soothing music, the attentive nursing care, and most of all, Bob’s expertise saw me through. All I had to do was lie back and relax, with my mouth open.

Now I have a beautiful set of teeth with no pain or discomfort. You’d never know the implants from the real thing, and what’s more, I can smile with confidence.

Thanks Bob, for a job well done!”

Doreen from Cullompton


Please click on a question from below to find out the answer.

Q. What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the upper or lower jawbone. The implant acts as a root to support crowns, bridges or dentures to replace one or more missing teeth.

Q. How long will implants last?

With routine check ups and the following of home care instructions as advised by your dentist, implants should last a life time.

Q. What is the success rate of implants?

The success rate is 98.4% in a healthy person.

Q. How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of a single implant is usually between £2.200 and £2,500. This is split between implant placement and the final restoration. After careful treatment planning your dentist will be able to advise you on how many implants you may need and estimate the cost involved.Be driven by the benefits not cost!

Q. How can I tell if I am healthy enough to have dental implants?

Generally speaking, if a person has good health and is able to undergo surgery for routine bridgework or routine tooth extractions, the same person can receive dental implants. If the patient is taking any form of medication they should notify their dentist. There are very few medical conditions that would prevent you from having an implant.

Q. Is the placement of implants painful?

No, implant placement is a very gentle procedure normally carried out under a local anaesthetic. In surgical terms, it is similar to a wisdom tooth removal.

Q. How long will the procedure take?

Approximately 30 minutes for each implant placed.

Q. Will I experience pain after the procedure?

There may be some slight discomfort and perhaps swelling for a short period which can be relieved with painkillers. Patients are often prescribed antibiotics for their comfort as a precaution.

Q. How will the dentist know if the implant has worked?

In the rare case of an implant not integrating with the bone, the implant will have slight movement which the dentist will be able to detect.

Q. What will happen if the implant fails?

In most cases the implant would be replaced. Your dentist would advise you based on the clinical factors involved.

Q. Will I have to pay for the implant again?

Usually no, but this will be at your dentist’s discretion as this decision will be dependent on the clinical circumstances.

Q. How long does the whole implant procedure take?

3-9 months as a general guideline. Your dentist will provide a full treatment plan and a more accurate time scale.

Q. Can I have implants on the national health?

As a general rule no.

Q. How soon can I return to work after implant placement?

Normally after 24 hours. Your dentist will advise you – this really depends on each individual case.

Q. Do implants require special care?

Like natural teeth and gums, implants need a good oral hygiene program and regular checks by your dentist. You will be given full instruction by your dentist on how to look after your final restoration.Follow up care: You will need to see the hygienist at regular intervals following completion of the implant as advised by your dentist.

Good oral hygiene is the key to the long term success of your dental implants.

Q. What benefits are there to having dental implants?

  • The most natural way to replace missing teeth.
  • It’s your third set of teeth.
  • No dentures to remove at night.
  • Removes the need to damage adjacent teeth as in bridge preparation.
  • Freedom to choose from a restaurant menu.
  • Implants look and feel like natural teeth.
  • Improves chewing ability.
  • Greater confidence to socialise.
  • Implants prevent bone loss.
  • Implants are more permanent then conventional crowns and bridges.

Q. What benefits are there to having dental implants?

  • The most natural way to replace missing teeth.
  • It’s your third set of teeth.
  • No dentures to remove at night.
  • Removes the need to damage adjacent teeth as in bridge preparation.
  • Freedom to choose from a restaurant menu.
  • Implants look and feel like natural teeth.
  • Improves chewing ability.
  • Greater confidence to socialise.
  • Implants prevent bone loss.
  • Implants are more permanent then conventional crowns and bridges.

For patients who have no remaining teeth the alternatives are:

  • Removable upper and lower dentures.
  • Implants which secure their dentures in place.
  • Implants which support crowns of bridges.
  • No teeth at all.

For patients who have some of their own teeth the alternatives are:

  • Crowns and bridges supported by implants and/or teeth.
  • Partial dentures secured by implants and/or teeth.
  • Bridges supported by teeth.
  • Crowns supported by a post.

Q. What is the procedure for implant placement.

Step 1:

  • Examination and diagnosis including full mouth x-rays and study models.

Step 2:

  • Stage 1 surgery- Implants are placed in bone.
  • There may be some swelling which will disappear within 4 to 7 days.
  • Sutures (stitches) need to be removed 7 to 10 days after surgery (unless they are resorbable). Healing in the mouth is usually very quick.
  • A fluid diet is recommended for the first week; then a softer diet is recommended for a few weeks after. This is particularly important if a temporary denture is being worn.
  • Implants will integrate within 2 to 6 months.
  • Dentures may need to be modified in this time.

Step 3:

  • Stage 2 surgery – Implants are exposed.
  • Implants are checked to make sure they are osseo-integrated (that the bone has grown around them to keep them firmly in place).
  • A small cap (healing abutment) is placed on top of the implant to allow the gum to heal around it.
  • check x-rays are taken.
  • Impressions are taken for the final prosthesis (crowns, bridges or dentures).
  • Sutures need to be removed within 7 to 10 days.

Step 4:

  • Final crowns, bridges or dentures are completed and placed onto implants.
  • In some instances second stage surgery is not required. One stage surgery is dependent on high primary stability of implant. Where possible, one stage surgery saves the patient having to have a surgical procedure for a second time.

Contra-indications to treatment.

  • Time: Patients are encouraged to continue their normal activities, even if it involves travelling out of the area or even out of the country during the implant treatment. Usually the longest period of time you will need to stay close to the surgery is the time immediately after the implant placement, usually 2 to 3 days after surgery, and 10 days after surgery in order to have sutures removed. It is important that neither the patient nor the dentist attempt to rush implant treatment. If a patient hasn’t got the time available, then it may be more sensible to consider implant treatment when the patient has more time.
  • Money
  • Pain: The after effects of having implants placed are usually very mild. They may include slight bruising, dull ache, and swelling, the amount of which will vary depending upon the number of implants placed. Antibiotics will be prescribed for the patients comfort. These symptoms should disappear within a few days.

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