Dental implants are the best replacement available for our natural teeth. They not only replace the biting - or smiling - part of the tooth, but the root as well.

People lose teeth all the time either through trauma, decay, gum disease or old age. Whatever the reason for losing your teeth, they need to be replaced, both for aesthetic and functional reasons.

Dental implants offer a permanent alternative to some of the difficulties associated with other options such as dentures or bridgesDentures, especially on the lower jaw, are prone to slipping and sliding, making chewing and speaking difficult and potentially embarrassing.

Implants are more secure and comfortable because they are fixed in position, helping them to look and feel like real teeth. They provide not only a longer-term solution, but also slow down bone loss in the area, and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.

Dental implants - the process

  • Consultation
    Before any implants are placed, a consultation with your dentist is paramount so they can assess the health of your teeth and gums. If there are any signs of gum disease, these must be treated first to prevent them from affecting the implant later on. Your treatment will then be planned to suit you following several x-rays, used to assess the bone density and consider any nearby structures which might determine the size and position of the proposed implant. The procedure is usually carried out under a strong local anaesthetic, but for cases where a number of implants are placed an anaesthetist can be brought in especially, to sedate the patient during the longer appointments.
  • Placement
    Dental implants are placed by surgically implanting titanium roots into the jaws. Once the implant has been placed, it is left to heal and integrate with the bone cells for anytime between six weeks and three months, depending on the bone density and size of the implant used. Throughout this period, patients will be offered temporary crowns, bridges or dentures, to ensure they are not left with a gap during this time. Once the implant has integrated to the bone, a special impression is taken of it to allow our specialist laboratories to make a custom attachment, known as abutments. These are then secured to the implant, and natural-looking crowns or bridges can then be cemented to the abutments.

Implants in Preston

Implant work is the most permanent dental treatment available, and has been shown to last in excess of 30 years. Further to this, Holly Dental Practice uses only the two leading brands of implants available (Astra and Straumann), two companies that are also responsible for the majority of research and funding in this particular area of dentistry.

In addition to this, all implant cases at Holly Dental Practice in Preston are evaluated and planned by our cosmetic and restorative dentist, rather than the implantologist. This ensures that your implants are placed in what we believe to be the best position from both a functional aspect, but more importantly an aesthetic aspect.

A lot of implants are placed for the benefit of the surgeon, meaning that the preferred result cannot be achieved, or that the restorative dentist and laboratory technician have a particularly difficult job in achieving it.

Examples from our Preston surgery


This patient suffered trauma to her face which resulted in the immediate loss of her upper left lateral tooth. She had been seen at hospital where the emergency team had placed a wire retainer on her front teeth to stabilise them after the impact.

Her missing upper lateral was then replaced with a dental implant, placed by our surgeon Jonathan Kennair. Root canal treatment was needed to save another tooth. Once this had settled and the implant had integrated into the jaw bone several months later, her teeth and implant were restored with new crowns by Andrew Holly.

"Am so happy and grateful for what this practice and the staff have done for me. They were challenged with a problem and from day 1 I could not fault the service and patience that I have received. Not only did I feel welcomed and reassured but I walked out today feeling a lot more confident about my smile than I ever have. I am truly in debt to these wonderful dentists and I would recommend them to everyone. Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face, that we have thanks to these brilliant people xx"


This patient presented to us with teeth in her upper arch which were failing due to periodontal disease. This resulted in the loss of all her upper teeth, her lower teeth were in better condition which meant they could be saved with improved oral hygiene and regular visits to see our hygienists.

Four Astra implants were placed in her upper jaw by our surgeon, Jonathan Kennair. Once these implants were fully integrated and healed into the bone (approximately 3 months later), they were restored by Andrew Holly with a 10 unit fixed implant retained bridge.


"Andy, Jonathan, Michelle and the team do a fantastic job and are really welcoming! Everyone at holly dental make you feel really comfortable and at ease!"

Other implant examples

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Another successful implant restoration by Andy Holly.
implants - holly dental
Another successful implant restoration by Andy Holly.
implants - holly dental
Another successful implant restoration by Andy Holly.
implants - holly dental
Another successful implant restoration by Andy Holly.