Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They're titanium cylinders that are placed in the jaw bone with minor surgery. They're used to support crowns, bridges or dentures and replace teeth. Other options for missing teeth include tooth supported bridges or dentures (partial or full).

We're highly experienced in the surgery involved to place implants plus any grafting (eg bone grafting) which may be required to prepare the implant site. The patient will also need to see a restorative dentist or clinical dental technician or both for the dental part of treatment (ie providing teeth on top of the implants).

Diagnosis and treatment planning is very important as implant treatment involves a surgeon, restorative dentist and technician. X-rays are used to assess the jaw bones and CT scanning may also be required in some cases.


In certain situations, dental implants can be placed immediately following extractions and immediately restored where as in other cases a staged approach will be recommended which may involve additional surgery appointments and delayed restoration.

Mr Begg’s training in implants extends back to 1983 when he attended his first course on dental implants. He attended his first international conference on dental implants in London in 1984. Dental implant training was also an integral part of his oral and maxillofacial surgery training. He has extensive experience over many years involving many cases and many different clinical situations. 

Above photo is of a temporary crown placed day of surgery (bottom right).

Patients are seen for a consultation first to assess the individual suitability for implants and the management options available. Estimated costs are provided. The amount of consultation, investigation and planning required to finalise the treatment plan will depend on the complexity of each individual case.

Once the treatment plan is finalised and prior to surgery, consent is signed by the patient (see Consent for Implant Surgery). Consent is used to verify that the patient understands the procedure and the options available.

No teeth? – Dental implants can be used to support  full dentures
This can range from two implants in the lower jaw to support a lower denture or a more sophisticated solution. The prosthetic denture is undertaken by a dental technician.