What Are Implants?
Missing teeth can often be replaced by implants.  Implants are made of titanium and act like roots of teeth.  After they have been placed and have integrated, dentures or crowns may be attached to them.  When dentures are held in place by implants there is minimal movement.  If crowns are fitted on implants they act like normal teeth.
Implants can only be placed if there is enough bone present in the jaw.  When teeth are lost the bone around the teeth gradually dissolves away.  If too much bone has been lost, it is sometimes possible to develop bone in its place.

What are the benefits of having a dental implant?  

*The ‘new tooth’ will look and feel like your own teeth.

*You do not have to wear a denture, or have to grind down the adjacent teeth to secure a bridge.

*You will have confidence in chewing food, just as you do with your own teeth.

*If you wear dentures already, implants can secure a denture and improve your chewing power and confidence.

What are my tooth replacement options?  

*Leave the space or gap. The problem here is that other teeth move or tilt into the space and the bite is altered. When it is in the front of the mouth, leaving the gap is usually not acceptable to most people.

*A removable plastic or metal-based partial denture is relatively inexpensive but also often not acceptable because it can be removed. A denture can damage adjacent teeth, especially if it is poorly fitting.

*A fixed bridge is where several teeth are joined together and cemented onto the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. The adjacent teeth need to be strong and may be cut down to form stumps.

*A dental implant replaces the tooth, helps maintain the natural height of the jaw bone and supports the new crown on top.

For more information please ask for an appointment with Scott Wetton:


Introducing Scott Wetton Scott

BDS  MFDS RCS(Edin)   MFDS RCS(Eng)  MSc Dip Imp Dent (UCL)
GDC number 77107

Special Interest in Periodontal and Implant Dentistry

Scott visits us to treat those patients referred to him with moderate to advanced periodontal disease, aesthetic concerns and implants.

Scott graduated from Bristol Dental Hospital in 1999; his past hospital positions have included Senior House Officer posts in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Restorative Dentistry and Oral Medicine.

He has previously been a full time clinical lecturer and examiner in Restorative Dentistry at Bristol University and the School of Professionals complementary to Dentistry.
He continues to provide local postgraduate lectures to hygienists, therapists and dentists.

Scott completed a Masters (MSc) in Restorative dentistry in 2006, from this his main area of special interest in periodontal (gum) disease developed and he now undertakes all forms of periodontal treatment including surgical, regenerative and non-surgical methods.
He has been undertaking referrals for periodontal treatment in the South West for over ten years.  

To further expand and complete his periodontal service, he completed a three year Diploma in Implant Dentistry, attaining a distinction, from the world renown Eastman Dental Institute associated with University College London, enabling him to accept referrals for this treatment option.

He is married to Becky, who is a consultant head and neck radiologist. They have two young children.

Professional fees:

Consultation and Review
(Including report to you and your dentist):  £110 (inclusive of x-rays)

Surgical implant & crown:       From £2500
Surgical implant only:             Individually assessed