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Dental Implants

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Meet our Implants Dentist - Giuseppe La Rocca

About Giuseppe

  • Dr La Rocca graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of Palermo, Italy in 2008.
  • He then trained at the University’s dental Hospital, where he improved his skills in oral surgery and extractions of impacted third molars and grew a special interest in Dental Implants.
  • Following this he joined the British Academy of Implant and Restorative Dentistry (BAIRD) in 2011 and went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma at the University Hospital of Central Lancaster in 2016, gaining extensive experience in many aspects of surgical dentistry.
  • Dr La Rocca in now tutoring at BAIRD helping other dentists to approach Dental Implants.
  • Dr La Rocca also worked at the Urgent Dental Clinic Amber Code for shielded and vulnerable patients during the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology, UCLan UK 2016
  • Certificate in Clinical & Evidence based Dental Implantology, Leeds UK 2011
  • Bachelor in Dental Science, University of Palermo, Italy 2008
  • Diploma in dental Technology, I.P.S.I.A. Palermo, Italy 2003
  • GDC No. 185725

To book a consultation with Dr La Rocca, call us on 0114 266 0651.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. They are attached directly into your jawbone and hold crowns or false teeth in place, very much like the natural roots that support your teeth.

Are implants safe and how long will they last?

Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.

If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.

If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do implants hurt?

Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.

Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anaesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.