Dental implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are strong, permanent and realistic replacements for missing teeth. Not surprisingly, they are becoming extremely popular with patients.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are gently inserted into the jawbone. Over time the jawbone bonds with the titanium, providing what is in effect a false tooth root. A crown or a prosthesis is placed on top of the implant. Implants can replace a single tooth or many teeth and can also be used to secure or stabilise dentures for greater comfort and increases self-confidence.

Dental implant retained crowns and dentures are not fixed to other teeth and therefore do not cause any further damage to neighbouring teeth. When teeth are missing the surrounding bone and gum tissue begins to shrink and recede. This can lead to premature aging of a patient’s face and this is a common feature of denture wearers. Implants prevent this bone loss, thus helping retain the natural shape of the jaw and the surrounding facial volume.

The end result is a replacement tooth that is so comfortable and realistic you may even forget it's not one of your natural teeth! With a higher a success rate than other dental treatments, implants will allow you to speak, eat, laugh and smile with confidence.

What happens during the procedure?

The area around the implant is completely numbed up, so you won't feel anything. We have to use a drill, but it is very different from the high-pitched dental drills that so many people hate - all you will feel is a gentle vibration. If you are particularly nervous about the procedure, we can offer you sedation.

You do not have to have a gap in your teeth during treatment - we will be able to provide you with a comfortable, temporary replacement.

After your surgery, we will see you regularly to ensure that everything is healing well. After the implant has integrated with your jaw bone, your new crown, bridge or denture can be placed securely. Loose teeth and dentures should be a thing of the past!

In selected cases, implants can be placed and restored on the same visit. This reduces both inconvenience and cost. To find out your suitability for treatment, please come in for a free initial discussion about your treatment needs

Who will place my dental implant?

Our dental implant team all have gained post-graduate qualifications in dental implants to ensure treatment is performed to the highest standard:

  • Dr Susan Heselton has completed a two year diploma course in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of surgeons. Dr Heselton has also completed a MSc in Periodontics, the study of gum disease, which is the main reason for tooth loss in adults. Dr Heselton will be able to offer advanced bone and gum tissue grafts to ensure implants will look as natural as possible.
  • Dr Ahmed Giaziri has completed Masters degree in Aesthetic Dental Implants at the University of Central Lancashire, and ensures the best and most advanced techniques are being used.
  • Dr Stagnell, a specialty registrar in oral surgery at Salisbury district hospital, brings further surgical skills in dental implants and grafting procedures. Dr Stagnell is a sedation certified dentist, and assists in the treatment of anxious and phobic patients.
  • Dr Charles Killick is a registered specialist in Prosthodontics, and has advanced training in the replacement of teeth, and restores complex cases where implants are needed.

Will having dental implants hurt?

By using the latest modern anaesthetics we are also able to minimise discomfort during treatment and after. It is easier to anaesthetise for implants as bone tissue has a limited nerve supply compared to teeth. Many patients are amazed and how comfortable the treatment process is.

I am interested in a dental implant – what do I do next?

We advise patients to come in for a free consultation to see if you are suitable for dental implants. There are situations when dental implants are not suitable, and alternative treatments such as dentures or bridges are better options. A written quotation on approximate treatment costs and treatment time will be given, as well as payment options including interest free finance.

The Chequers Dental Practice Wiltshire Referral and Implant Centre

At Chequers, we aim to offer more than clinical excellence, making visits as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We provide a modern and welcoming environment, and our dedicated team provide a personalised service – from the initial consultation right through to the aftercare.

We use 3D imaging and have our own 3D scanner at the practice for your convenience to help locate the ideal areas to most accurately place each implant. Such modern technology allows us to plan and perform every stage of treatment to absolute precision.

Dental hygienists are part of the dedicated team at The Chequers Dental Practice, as with good maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

For more information on how we can help with dental implants, then call us on 01722 329959 or email

This page was last updated on the 23rd of March 2017