If you have questions on dental implants you’re in the right place. Our highly qualified and experienced team have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dental implants, and we’re pleased to be able to share our wisdom of dental implants with you. Have a look below at some common questions we get asked about dental implants, or if you can’t find the answer then drop us a line using the form below and well answer your dental implant questions.
Why consider dental implants?
Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth and provide a reliable long term solution.
Single Missing Teeth – With a single missing tooth a dental implant can be used to replace the missing tooth quickly and easily without the need to rely on your adjacent teeth, as is the case with a bridge. Alternative solutions would also include removable options such as a denture. For a missing single tooth these can be quite bulky compared to the space being filled.
Multiple missing teeth – With multiple missing teeth dental implants provide a great alternative to removable dentures or larger bridges. By placing dental implants in the jawbone this stimulates bone tissue and gums, ensuring an attractive, aesthetic result while helping to maintain facial structures and without the need to rely on adjacent teeth.
Denture wearers – Denture wearers will understand the frustration with loose dentures, dental implants and dental implant stabilised dentures can be life changing. Unlike many conventional dentures which become loose over time and require adhesives to hold them in place, dental implant retained dentures are very stable, meaning you can eat and speak with confidence, knowing your denture is not going to move.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small metal screw made from titanium which can be placed in the upper or lower jaw bone to replace missing teeth or stabilise loose dentures.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last a long time, just like a natural tooth provided they are well looked after by you. Patients with dental implants still need to have regular dental examination and hygienist appointments to help look after them. Good oral hygiene is the key to successful and long-lasting dental implants.
How successful are implants?
Dental implants have a success rate over 98%, but like anything this depends on many factors. An experienced implant surgeon is the best person to answer this question for you after you have been assessed clinically as without this we can’t really give you the answer.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a fully restored single tooth dental implant using high quality components, labs and materials costs around £3100. Depending on how many teeth you have missing and the number of implants required, this cost can be less per tooth as you don’t necessarily need a dental implant to replace every tooth. For denture stabilisation you may only need two implants at a much lower cost. You will see online prices for dental implants vary with the experience of the surgeon and the dental implant system used. Like anything there will be cheap options and whilst we all love a bargain, you have to ask yourself why it’s cheap and make sure you ask the right questions to ensure your comparing flawless diamonds with diamonds.
Am I suitable for implants?
If you are fit and healthy and normally able to receive routine dental care, then you are generally able to undergo surgery to have dental implants placed. If you are taking medication you should let the implant surgeon know about this, however there are very few medical conditions which would prevent you from having a dental implant.
Is it painful – does it hurt?
No – dental implants are placed under local anaesthesia and whilst there may be a little bruising or swelling in some cases, generally many of our patients are very surprised how little it hurt. We can also carry out the dental implant procedure under sedation if you are a little anxious about it. This means you are very relaxed and will not remember much about it!
How long does it take?
Dental implants don’t take that long to place, but of course is dependent on the number and complexity of the implants you are having done. We usually need to allow a healing phase after placing the dental implants to allow them to ‘osseo-integrate’ (bond into the bone) this is usually about three months, after which we can then place the final restoration. So from start to finish dental implants usually take 3-6 months.
Will I need to take time off work?
On the day of the procedure we would usually recommend that you rest after having your dental implant(s) placed, especially if you have had sedation. You can however normally return to work the next day, but this does depend on each case, your job and how many dental implants you are having put in.
Do dental implants require special care?
Just like your natural teeth, dental implants need to be well looked after and whilst you can’t get tooth decay in an implant, you can still get gums disease around an implant which can lead to its loss. Unlike a tooth it does not usually become wobbly though before it falls out.
Aftercare of implant is therefore very important and in having implant placed you are committing to a lifetime of caring for them (just like natural teeth) if you want them to last a lifetime. As well as meticulous cleaning around them at home it is also important to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly to spot problems early and help you care for them.
Can any dentist place implants?
Yes any dentist with suitable training can theoretically place dental implants. However, like anything the more you place and the more experienced you are in advanced implant procedures the better you are at it. On the rare occasions where complications occur during surgery an experienced surgeon can deal with them quickly and smoothly. For these reasons our implant team at Ashbury Dental Care have been carefully selected based on their experience to provide high quality implant care.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
They are the closest thing we have to replace a natural tooth and root
There is no need to grind down and damage adjacent teeth (especially if they are virgin unfilled teeth) for bridges
Dental implants help to prevent bone loss
They are a more permanent solution to conventional bridges
Chewing efficiency and speech can be improved
They can help to stabilise a loose denture
They look and feel like natural teeth
There is no need to take them out at night like removable solutions (dentures/removable bridges)
What are the alternatives?
For people who have got some of their own teeth:
For people who have no remaining teeth:
Removable upper and or lower dentures
Dentures stabilised by implants
A full set of fixed teeth supported by implants