In an ideal world, the dental implantation time frame would be minimised. While allowing the healing of the treatment area is necessary for a multitude of reasons, it’s normal for patients to be itching to show off their brand new smiles to the world.
Considering the nature of the treatment as a permanent solution compared to other dental prosthetics, the overall time and effort involved in the procedure is relatively extensive.
Immediate Implant Placement – What Is It?
Immediate dental implant placement is when an implantologist surgically extracts a tooth, before placing the implant fixture. The extraction and implant site heal simultaneously. If each procedure were to be completed individually, the collective recovery time would amount to 6 months. This comparatively quick healing turnaround makes this a favoured method by Marylebone Implant Centre patients.
However, this isn’t the most relevant upside of this treatment option to our implantologists. Over the past decade, the dental community has been comparing the best surgical approaches, primarily in the frontal mouth areas.
Nowadays, implantologists are inclined to perform minimally invasive procedures, i.e. procedures with no incisions or very small incisions. This favours the healing of the gum and bone, typically leading to an optimal outcome. By removing a tooth and immediately placing an implant in the socket of the tooth, little interference will occur, without incisions that leave scar tissue behind.
In these cases, we are often able to fit a fixed temporary crown or bridge supported by the newly-placed implants. This will facilitate the ideal healing of surrounding areas, giving patients optimal interim restoration while waiting for the implants to integrate.
Benefits of Immediate Placement
- Quicker results: often in the same appointment that patients walk in to with a damaged tooth, they can leave having it extracted with an implant system configured. Additionally, patients may be candidates for the ‘teeth in a day’ protocol, allowing them to have a temporary crown fitted upon a new implant screw.
- Supports the retention of soft-tissue structure.
- Superior aesthetics in the immediate term.
Disadvantages of Immediate Placement
- Chewing can lead to implant failure.
- The recession of gums surrounding the treatment area.
- There’s a risk of bone volume decreasing through the healing process, which would compromise the implant-supporting structure and effectively lessen its weight-bearing ability.
- Patients require a sufficient amount of soft tissue to qualify for the immediate procedure.
Delayed Implant Placement
The more traditional of the procedures, the delayed implant placement takes a two or three-stage approach, depending on whether a bone graft is required prior to implant placement.
First, the surgical extraction of the damaged tooth takes place. Following this, the patient waits for at least 3 months for the bone to heal properly, before further evaluations concerning bone volume and ideal placement areas can be made. At the conclusion of this stage, implant placement can occur; after which another 3 month recovery period is necessary prior to the fixation of the implant crown.
Usually, our implantologists follow the delayed approach if there is an acute infection on the specific tooth, if there is insufficient bone, or if the implant site is close to a vital structure, mostly concerning the posterior teeth (molars).
Delayed Placement: The Advantages
- Due to the drawn-out healing time frame, the implantologist can better understand bone location and volume. This will enable more precise placement of implants. There is typically more bone available and this may decrease the need for a bone graft.
Delayed Placement: The Disadvantages
- Two procedures = two periods of recovery.
- A longer healing time overall.
- The risk of infection developing within the periodontal membrane.
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.