Implants - Walton Dental Surgery
We are a dental surgery in Walton on Thames, Surrey. We offer a range of dental treatments, including cosmetic dentistry. Call us on 01932 225 748.
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Dental implants

Implants are now the preferred choice to replace missing teeth. This is because they are made of titanium, making them very predictable, with a 95% success rate. Titanium is biocompatible, so the body will not reject the material. An implant is a long-term solution to replacing a missing tooth or teeth, and gives patients a beautiful smile that they can be proud of.

The implant, which is a cylinder shaped, is surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as a base for a dental crown, fixed bridge or denture. The strength that titanium provides allows the implant to serve as a replacement for a long time, and it gives the patient the ability to chew and speak normally. When a crown is placed over the implant, it looks like a natural tooth and no one can tell that any work has been done. The crown will blend in with the patient’s existing teeth and allow them to feel confident that they have a great looking smile.

Our dentist, Nico van Rensburg, has been working with dental implant restoration for many years. He has recently completed an extensive surgical course detailing the most up-to-date implant procedures.

We can now offer these procedures to our patients.

There are many reasons as to why teeth either need to be removed or simply fall out. These can include tooth decay, gum disease, accidents, inherited conditions or age. Teeth can also be congenitally missing, leaving spaces throughout the mouth.

When teeth are lost, the bone underneath the gum shrinks to lack of stimulation from the teeth. Shrinkage can lead to changes in facial appearance and the face can collapse without support.

The procedure

Implants are usually made from titanium and used to replace teeth, usually one or two or they can form the basis of a complete reconstruction of a collapsed mouth. Titanium is the one of the most biologically compatible materials we know and once placed it fuses to the jaw bone. Because of this, dental implants can be considered permanent.

There are a number of ways that dental implants that can be used. Usually they are placed into the jaw bone where a tooth once was using a small invasive procedure. The natural healing process then follows, which is exactly the same as getting a tooth extracted. This can take 8-16 weeks. During this time, the implant fuses to the bone. At this point, posts can be connected to the implant now emerging from the gum. On these posts the porcelain crowns and bridges are constructed, making either single crowns or complete mouth restorations possible.

Missing teeth options

Removable dentures: This option can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and further shrinkage of bone and gum.

Adhesive bridges: These use metal wings adhered to the back of teeth adjacent to both gaps. Tooth cutting is minimal or not required. Unfortunately, they can become loose.

Conventional porcelain bonded bridges: A traditional replacement for missing teeth involves cutting down teeth either side of the gap and then supporting the bridge cemented into place. Sometimes it is necessary to cut down healthy tooth structure and it is possible for a bridge to become loose and decay.

Dental implants: Dental implants support the bone and gum and are not attached to the teeth in any way. They are an ideal tooth replacement. They create strong, permanent natural looking teeth. They can be used to replace a single tooth or many teeth, including full mouth replacement.

Implants are a great solution for keeping dentures in place, to give denture wearers the stability they need, preventing the dentures from moving around in the mouth. Keeping them sturdy helps the patient smile and speak more clearly and confidently, knowing that their dentures are firmly in place and won’t slip out unexpectedly.


The main focus of the practice is to help our patients. If a denture wearer is not happy and wants something fixed in relation to their denture, we can do it, which includes stabilizing the dentures with implants.

We can give your further information on replacing missing teeth through dental implants.