Types of dental implants available

Implants is quite a buzzword in dentistry right now, with more and more people opting to invest in dental implants in Barnsley. Here at PDC Dental Implants, our implant dentist team have years of training and experience in fitting all kinds of dental implants.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyA brief description of dental implants

Not everyone is quite aware of exactly what dental implants are, so here is a quick explanation. Dental implants are small posts or screws made from titanium, which are fitted into the jawbone just like the root of a natural tooth. Because of the biocompatibility of titanium, the jawbone actually grows around it, making it strong and secure. A crown or bridge is fitted to the top of the implant, and you have natural looking and feeling teeth once more.

Types of dental implants in Barnsley

So now you know what dental implants are, what about the types? We fit a number of different dental implants. In Barnsley, our dentists are experienced in finding the best way to replace your lost teeth.

A single lost tooth is straight forward. This is replaced by a single implant, with a crown to take the place of the old tooth. You can treat the implant exactly the same as the rest of your teeth, and after a while you may even forget it’s there!

If an accident or medical problem has led to you losing 2 or 3 teeth in a row, they could be replaced with a single implant. The implant is strong enough to support a bridge with 3 teeth.

Anyone who has many lost or failing teeth can have them replaced with a system called All-on-4 implants. This is where a full arch of teeth is supported on just 4 or 6 implants.

We often see patients with failed dentures or a failed bridge, who want to replace them with implants. Depending how long the patient has been wearing dentures, they may have lost some density in their jawbone. In this case, there is the option of a bone graft or sinus lift, or zygomatic implants. They are longer than standard implants, and are fitted into the zygomatic bone, which forms your cheekbone.

What to expect from a dental implant consultation

If you’ve heard the latest buzz about dental implants in South Yorkshire and are wondering if they could be the answer for you, the first step is to book a consultation with an implant dentist. At PDC Dental Implants, we offer the options of an e-consultation, or you can visit in person at one of our South Yorkshire practices.

dental-implants-in-south-yorkshireWhat is an e-consultation?

We understand that you have a busy life and may not have a great deal of time to spare. Or perhaps you’re not sure you want to commit to having dental implants in South Yorkshire, but want to talk to someone about the options and costs involved. An e-consultation is a great first step. It is free, and gives you the chance to learn more and decide if you want to come in for a full consultation and assessment.

What happens during an implant assessment?

A full assessment for dental implants in South Yorkshire is quite a lengthy process, so you should plan for it to last a little under an hour and a half. This may sound like a long time, but dental implants aren’t for everyone and we need to make a detailed assessment of your mouth and jaw, plus there will be plenty of time to talk through the options and for you to ask any questions you may have.

During the assessment, we will take a close look at more than just your mouth. The muscles of your head and neck will be taken into account, as will your jaw joints and bones. We’ll have a careful look at the health of your gums, and take x-rays, photographs and impressions.

If you currently suffer with a loose denture or failed denture, you can talk to our team about these problems. They will tell you about the different types of implants available, including All-on-4 implants. They will also discuss your jawbone density and tell you about the options of zygomatic implants and bone grafts if they feel your jaw may not have the required density to support an implant.

If you decide to go ahead with dental implants in South Yorkshire, we will give you a detailed written report for reference.

What’s the difference between regular dentures and implant-supported dentures?

If you are considering dental implants for your missing teeth, chances are that you know very little about them. If you are not sure if this treatment can address your tooth loss, at PDC Dental Implants we are here to help since we have been providing dental implants in South Yorkshire successfully for many years.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireWe also appreciate that patients who have been wearing dentures may not wish to step out of their comfort zone and switch to dental implants. After all, replacing all of your teeth with dental implants can be expensive and will surely require time. But what if we told you that there’s now a way to enjoy the benefits of dental implants in South Yorkshire and get to keep your dentures as well?

How are implant-supported dentures different?

Removable dentures are designed to fit over the gums without interacting with them in an organic way. Dentures supported by dental implants in South Yorkshire, on the other hand, are secured on top of 2 to 4 dental implants with the help of connectors. These dentures are removable, though in some cases they can be glued in place.

Implant-supported dentures are sturdier than regular dentures because they rely on dental implants – the latter function as replacement tooth roots and stay firmly in place.

Do implant-supported dentures perform better?

Implant-supported dentures perform better than regular dentures in many respects. For starters, they do not slip out of place, meaning that you perform simple tasks such as eating, biting and talking without problems.

With these dentures, dietary restrictions are a thing of the past because you can re-introduce chewy foods in your diet. By providing stimulation to your jawbone through the dental implants, implant-supported dentures prevent bone deterioration that could lead to further tooth loss.

Moreover, implant-supported dentures do not need to be refitted every once in a while because your jawbone will not shrink with the help of dental implants. Last but not least, implant-supported dentures are made with high-quality materials and look, feel and function just like your real teeth.

Learn more

The best way to determine if implant-supported dentures are the right treatment for you is to call us today.

Why you may need zygomatic dental implants in Barnsley

Nobody likes the idea of oral surgery, but sometimes it is necessary. Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants is not as scary as you may think.

If you have missing teeth in your upper jawbone and you have been told that you cannot have dental implants because of bone loss, don’t get disappointed. At PDC Dental Implants, we offer an innovative technique that is an alternative to bone grafting – zygomatic dental implants in Barnsley.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyWhat are zygomatic implants?

Zygomatic dental implants in Barnsley do not differ from normal implants in terms of structure and function. However, they are anchored in the cheekbone, known as the zygoma, hence their name. These implants are much longer than regular dental implants and go through or right next to the sinus in order to anchor into the zygomatic bone. The zygomatic bone is much thicker than any part of the bone in the jaw.

Your dentist will use up to 2 zygomatic implants on each side of your mouth as well as 2-4 regular implants in the front of your jaw to ensure stability and additional support. This treatment is safe and statistics have shown that it is quite effective as well.

Short-term and long-term advantages of zygomatic dental implants

The most important benefit of zygomatic dental implants is the fact that you do not need to undergo a graft procedure. This is very convenient since additional grafting procedures can prolong overall treatment time.

Moreover, you can have the procedure performed on the same day and you don’t have to endure long healing times in order to have functioning fixed teeth.

Zygomatic dental implants are a very predictable treatment because the dentist can plan their insertion well in advance, with the help of technology. Moreover, zygomatic dental implants in Barnsley are equal to 3 or 4 regular dental implants because they are longer.

Are zygomatic implants painful?

Although the procedure may sound a bit scary, zygomatic implants are not painful. If you think that the operation is going to be an uncomfortable experience, we can arrange sedation for you. After the operation, you may experience some discomfort and swelling but it will go away soon.

Alternative techniques for dental implants

Since their discovery in the 1950s, dental implants have revolutionised modern dentistry around the world. This is because they offer a viable alternative to conventional bridges and dentures by fusing with the jawbone and preventing its further deterioration.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyDental implants are small titanium screw-shaped posts that are positioned into the jawbone by our experienced dentists at PDC Dental Implants. Their main function is to replace the tooth root. This is why they adhere to the bone tissue and encourage further growth. Once healed, dental implants in Barnsley are topped by artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges and dentures.

Modern implant dentistry offers many alternatives to traditional dental implants. These are minimally invasive techniques, which can be a better alternative for certain patients. All-on-4 is of them. This patented technology was developed to replace all the teeth on one arch with as few implants as possible. It also the installation of dental implants and replacement teeth in a day.

Tell me more about All-on-4 dental implants in Barnsley

All-on-4 is an increasingly popular technique, which allows the placement of a full arch of replacement teeth either in either jaw with dental implants. All-on-4 involves fixing 4 (or 6) dental implants into the jawbone, which serve as a base for the replacement teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, All-on-4 does not require bone grafting. Thanks to special abutments, the temporary replacement teeth can be fixed on the same day the dental implants are operated. However, patients should avoid hard and chewy foods during the healing period. After a few weeks, once the gum tissue has healed and the implants have adhered to the natural jawbone, the final bridge can be placed and patients may return to their normal diet and lifestyle.

Although All-on-4 is sometimes promoted as a very fast treatment, truth is that several visits to the dentist are required for effective results. These include consultation visits, the planning of the treatment, the operation, regular check-ups and the last appointment for the placement of the permanent teeth.

To learn more about All-on-4 dental implants in Barnsley and whether you could benefit from this treatment, give us a call and we will book an appointment for you.

Broken your bridge again?

When you lost some teeth, did you decide to go for a bridge or a partial denture? How’s that working out for you? Do you click gently with that denture, making the sounds of old age even though you are nowhere near retirement? Or did you bite down on something hard and break your bridge, again? Fixed bridgework and dentures are a great idea in theory but each comes with its own set of hassles that can wear you down over the years. Maybe it’s time for a something more reliable, like replacing them with dental implants in South Yorkshire.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireIn South Yorkshire, dental implants have become most people’s first choice for replacing teeth, and even if they chose something else to start with, many people are now seeking an upgrade here at PDC Dental Implants.

Replacing a broken bridge

It’s actually pretty easy to replace a broken bridge with dental implants in South Yorkshire. One dental implant can hold up to 3 teeth, so it does not have to be as expensive as you may have thought.

All we do is insert a dental implant into a carefully created channel in your jawbone. We do this under local anaesthetic, which is more than enough to numb the area as there aren’t many nerve endings in the jawbone to send pain signals to the brain. You can also have oral or intravenous sedation if you are very anxious.


The next stage is very important. You need to allow 2-6 months for the dental implant to fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. The bone grows new tissue, including blood vessels, all over the implant.


Once this process is completed, the implant is firmly anchored in place and we can add your replacement crowns. These will have been handcrafted to match your natural teeth, and will be indistinguishable from them once they are in place.


Your South Yorkshire dental implants are easy to care for. You just need to brush and floss carefully twice a day and come for regular check-ups and deep cleans to prevent gum disease.

We can do so much with dental implants in Barnsley

Dental implants in Barnsley have revolutionised the world of replacement teeth. These little gems have been around for more than 30 years now, and in that time, dentists have found ways to make them available to more people and have used them to solve all sorts of problems that they could not at first deal with.

At PDC Dental, we use dental implants in Barnsley in all sorts of ways.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyLoose and broken bridges

The first dental implants had one crown to one implant, but now dental implants in Barnsley can be used to replace loose and broken bridges because each implant can hold as many as 3 crowns on a bridge. And because dental implants are firmly anchored into the jawbone, they can cope with foods that might break fixed bridgework.

Replacing all your teeth

One technique that is very popular is called All-on-4. This is when we replace an entire arch of teeth on only 4-6 implants. These teeth are fixed in place and do not have to come out at night for cleaning.

Same day implants

Time was, you would have your dental implants put in and then have to wait several months while they integrated with your jawbone before having the crowns added. Now, if you have an entire arch replaced, we can give you same day teeth, temporary crowns to tide you over and keep you looking good until your implants have integrated and you are ready for your handmade porcelain replacement crowns.

Replacing loose or broken dentures

Denture stabilisation is a way to get dentures to stay still without having to go the whole hog of having them replaced with dental implants. We can stabilise dentures on only 2-4 mini dental implants, depending on whether they are for the upper or lower jaw.

Jawbone not so great?

The main barrier to having dental implants is that the jawbone has lost size and density, making it unable to anchor the implant posts. We can solve this problem using zygomatic implants that anchor into the cheekbone rather than the jaw, or with a bone graft or sinus lift to replace lost bone tissue.

Three factors that make denture implants worthwhile

Dental implants in Barnsley can have a strong impact on your quality of life. You may think that they are not the solution for you if you are already a denture wearer but, at PDC Dental, we can combine these methods of tooth replacement to give you an improved experience when it comes to your teeth.

If you want to explore the potential of dental implants in Barnsley, then get in touch with us at PDC Dental. We work with all sorts of patients with a wide variety of tooth replacement needs. Treatment with dental implants in Barnsley is highly adaptable so adjustments can be made to the standard treatment path to work around many challenges.

Dental Implants in BarnsleyBelow we explore just some of the ways that dental implants in Barnsley can help denture wearers to regain some of their oral functionality.


Often, one of the issues with dentures is that they cannot grip food securely using the front teeth. This means that crunching and tearing are limited, which can make some food choices inadvisable or more difficult to eat. With denture implants, the prosthetic teeth are fully anchored on the implants, so you get a better all-round grip. This takes away the need for messy adhesives and it means you don’t have to cut up slightly tougher foods into bite-sized pieces.


Loose-fitting dentures can be a pain – literally! If you have dentures that slip, even a little, they can cause sore patches over time. Even if you have well-fitting dentures to begin with, the mouth changes shape over time and you can experience slippage at any time. Denture implants mean that your teeth are held in place by secure fixtures and not by pressing the gums against them. This means that there is no longer the potential for friction sores.


When it comes to dentures, security means more confidence. You can smile and laugh without worrying about wobbly teeth. You can say yes to social occasions that involve food without worrying about coming up against bits and pieces you cannot eat. Denture implants offer you a high level of function and therefore you have more opportunities to feel good about your teeth again.

Dental implants – are they right for you?

Getting dental implants in South Yorkshire is a big decision, so you want to make sure you have all the information you need before you go for it. At PDC Dental Implants, we are happy to answer all your questions about dental implants, either via e-consultation or during a visit to our practice.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireDental implants can work no matter how many teeth you are missing

Whether you are missing just one tooth, a mouth-full of teeth or something in between, dental implants can work for you. A single tooth can be replaced with a single implant, or you can replace a full arch of teeth with All-on-4 implants. If you have any missing teeth, or failing teeth, dental implants in South Yorkshire could be the answer for you.

Say goodbye to irritating dentures

A failed denture can make your life a misery, stopping you from eating properly, making your gums sore, affecting your speech. With denture implants or bridge implants there is no more need to worry about a loose denture. Invest in dental implants in South Yorkshire, and you can chew, smile and talk with confidence.

No drawn-out treatment worries with same day implants

Dental implants in South Yorkshire can be an easy and quick solution.

A full arch of missing or failing teeth can be replaced with implants in a single visit. In one day, we can remove any failing teeth, place the implants and fit temporary fixed teeth for you. You will need to return once the implants have healed and integrated with your jawbone for the final permanent bridge to be fitted.

Smile bigger and look younger

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants in South Yorkshire can take years off your appearance. Missing teeth can cause the jawbone to recede and the face to take on a sunken, hollow appearance, but dental implants can maintain the structure of your jawbone and stop that from happening.

Book a consultation if you’re still unsure

If you want to find out more but aren’t ready to commit yet, an e-consultation may be just what you need. If you’d like to meet our staff and take a look at the practice, a consultation at PDC Dental is ideal.

All in a day’s work with dental implants in South Yorkshire

There are several common factors that patients are concerned about when it comes to dental implants in South Yorkshire at PDC Dental Implants. These are: pain, cost and time. People most commonly ask: ‘Will it hurt?’, ‘How much will it cost?’ and ‘How long will it take?’. We can offer general answers to all of these questions prior to consultation and we can make these more specific after initial consultation.

Dental Implants in South YorkshireHow long will it take?

In the past, it has been necessary to have a prolonged treatment period, when it comes to dental implants in South Yorkshire, to get someone from missing or damaged teeth to a replacement smile. Now, at PDC Dental Implants, we can offer some patients teeth in a day. This means they walk into our clinic in the morning with replacement needs and, by the end of the day, these have been met with new teeth.

Even if the teeth-in-a-day method is not for you, we can still talk to you about ways to promote healing and speed up the process if you are concerned about time.

Will it hurt?

As with any surgical procedure, there will potentially be some discomfort when you are recovering from having your dental implants in South Yorkshire fitted. This might include some general aching or soreness, swelling, bruising or light bleeding. Every patient’s reaction is different, and some feel more comfortable than others. At PDC Dental Implants, we can give you guidance on what’s normal.

How much will it cost?

One of the first steps towards having dental implants fitted is to have an initial consultation. When we do this with you, we gather enough data to give you a quote for the work you need. This covers fitting, your follow-up appointments and any preparatory work that you need. Our level of experience means that we are able to give reasonably accurate quotes, so you can budget for your dental treatment.

We have some finance options that may be able to assist you when it comes to getting your work done. These help you to spread the cost over a number of months and mean that you do not need to delay treatment.