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Dental implants FAQs

Questions people often ask about dental implants and dental implant surgery

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the jawbone. The implant acts as a root to support crowns, bridges or dentures to replace one or more missing teeth.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate is 96% in a healthy person. If an implant fails to integrate it can be simply removed and we shall replace it without charge.

How can I tell if I am healthy enough to have dental implants?

Generally, if you have good health you should be suitable for dental implants. Very few medical conditions will prevent you having implant treatment but we can advise you at your consultation. We may on occasion require clarification of suitability from your GP or specialist.

How long will the procedure take?

Approximately 30 minutes for each implant placed.

Will I experience pain after the procedure?

There may be some slight discomfort and perhaps swelling for a short period which can be relieved with painkillers. Patients are usually given antibiotics and mild steroids for their comfort. Most of our patients report little or no discomfort.

How will we know if the dental implant has worked?

In the rare instance of failure your dentist will be able to tell soon after placement. In these cases where integration fails, removal of the implant is quick and painless. Your dentist will replace the implant free of charge after suitable healing.

How soon can I return to work after dental implant placement?

Often our patients return to work the following day. We will advise you - this really depends on each individual case.

Do dental implants require special care?

Good oral hygiene and regular check ups are essential. We will provide full written instructions on how to care for the final restoration. Failure to care for the implant may lead to early failure and negate any guarantees offered.

Follow up care?

Regular visits the dental hygienist is a must. Good oral hygiene is the key to the long term success of your dental implants.

How long do dental implants last?

Reliable studies have shown that dental implants can last for over 20 years if properly cared for. Maintenance or replacement of the restoration due to wear and tear may be required in the same way as conventional crowns or bridges.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of a single dental implant is usually between £1,700 and £2,200. This is split between implant placement and the final restoration. Your implant dentist will advise you on the number of implants and type of teeth required.

What will happen if the dental implant fails?

In most cases the implant would be replaced. We would advise you based on the clinical factors involved.

Will I have to pay for the dental implant again?

In almost all cases no. We would only ask you to contribute to the cost if you have manifestly ignored our instructions in caring for the implant, or have not allowed us to provide remedial treatment.

How long does the whole dental implant procedure take?

Approximately 3-9 months depending upon complexity. We will provide a full treatment plan and a more accurate time scale.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures and bridges?

Traditional bridges involve cutting down neighbouring teeth. This is very destructive to natural teeth and could reduce their lifespan. A dental implant supports a tooth independently without relying on neighbouring teeth for support. Many patients struggle adapting to dentures and suffer with a fear that the dentures will move or fall out in social situations. Implant supported bridges or dentures offer the confidence of fixing the teeth in place so they wont come loose or fall out.

What are our Payment Terms?

You will be provided with a schedule of payment dates. This splits payments over the course of treatment (up to 3 months) which can help for budgeting. We are able to offer a single replacement tooth from £1,850, stabilization of a lower denture from £2,900, right up to replacement of a whole arch of teeth with a fixed bridge at less than £12,000. For treatment over £2,000 you can take advantage of our 0% interest payments (subject to terms and conditions).