If you are in a situation where you have missing or broken teeth, then you may already have heard about dental implants and their benefits.
We understand that replacing teeth is not a hasty decision – it’s an investment into the future health of your mouth as well as a means of restoring confidence in your smile.
Whether it’s dental implants, dentures or bridges, it’s important to choose the option that is best for you. To help you on your tooth replacement journey, we’ve summarised some of the most popular dental implant FAQs below.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have proven to be a safe and attractive method of tooth replacement for over 30 years now.
Usually made of titanium, dental implants not only provide a sturdy and secure foundation for a replacement tooth, but they are also made from a biocompatible material that is well tolerated by bone and integrates easily with bone tissue.
The surgery itself is one of the safest and predictable dentistry procedures when performed by an implantologist. In order to ensure the safe placement of your dental implant, you should look for a dentist that has many years of experience, and who has successfully treated a large number of patients with complex oral health problems.
Can I Still Have Implants if I Have Some of my own Teeth?
Absolutely, you can have any number of dental implants, from a single tooth to a complete new set with All on 4 and All on 6 dental implants.
Is Everyone Suitable for Dental Implants?
Unfortunately, not everyone will be eligible for a dental implant and your eligibility can only be confirmed upon evaluation from your dentist. In some cases, additional treatment may be needed prior to surgery.
The main consideration that your dentist will need to assess is the availability of good quality (density) bone. As implants are placed into your jawbone in order for a replacement tooth to be attached, there must be enough jaw bone present to anchor the dental implant into the bone.
Young patients may not have enough jawbone as it is still growing and developing, but this could also be the case with some adults, especially if you have or have had gum disease. In this situation, you may need a separate bone jaw graft before you are eligible for a dental implant.
Your dentist will also assess whether you have any gum or tooth related issues, which may also need to be treated before you are feasible for implant treatment.
In addition to oral health, your general health will determine your suitability for dental implants. For example, pregnant people or smokers may not be good candidates, as well as anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, those taking steroids and any patient taking medication that affects the immune system.
Generally, if you have good general health, then a dental implant will be suitable for you.
What Does a Dental Implant Consultation Involve?
The initial consultation with your dentist will involve an evaluation of your dental and medical history as well as a physical examination of your teeth and mouth.
In order to determine your feasibility for a dental implant, your dentist will need to take x-ray images of your teeth and the underlying jawbone. In some cases, you may need a further CT scan to examine the jaw in more detail.
Does the Implant Procedure Hurt?
It is very common to feel apprehensive at the thought of dental implant surgery. In reality, the idea of dental implant surgery is much scarier than the procedure in practice.
Most patients are back to work the same day as treatment and are surprised by the ease of procedure. You will receive local anaesthetic in the area of surgery, so you will feel little to no discomfort.
A little while after the procedure and when the anaesthetic has worn off, you may feel a little sore for a few days, but you can take pain medication to relieve this.
For more complicated procedures such as having extensive bone grafting and sinus elevation surgery in preparation for dental implants, then office anaesthesiologist for IV sedation may be used.
Do Dental Implants Last a Lifetime?
When well looked after and expertly placed, your dental implant can last a lifetime. The best way to increase the lifespan of your implant is appropriate aftercare. The crown (replacement tooth) will last at least 5 years – again, as with the dental implant, when well maintained, your crown can last much longer.
For peace of mind, you might want to opt for a dental implant package with a lifetime guarantee which will cover for the failure of the implant, crown and abutment.
Can you tell if I Have Implants?
Most implants will look exactly like normal teeth, and the crown chosen will be reflective of the natural colouring of the teeth you currently have.
Where can I get a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are not available on the NHS unless there is a medical need for it, so in most cases, you will need to go private for your dental implant.
Our advice is to do your research when it comes to choosing your dentist in order to reduce the risk of failure of your dental implant.
At your consultation, you should be asking questions such as: how many years of experience do you have placing implants? How many of your previous patients have been treated successfully? How many bone grafts have you performed? What is the extent to your formal qualifications for dental implants? Do you use computer-guided technology to accurately plan and place the implant?
As experienced Implantologists at MyHealthcare Clinic, we would be more than happy to answer these questions for you. Find more information on dental implants at Myhealthcare Clinic here.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of the dental implant will depend on the brand and the package you decide to opt for. Dental implants at MyHealthcare Clinic range from roughly £1295 – £1895 per tooth. You can, however, spread the cost of your procedure with affordable monthly payments from as little as £27.45 per month.
Let MyHealthcare Clinic Safely Secure Your Dental Implant
We hope that this blog has been helpful and has managed your expectations when it comes to the dental implant process.
Our caring and innovative dental team and specialist implant surgeons understand the anxieties that come with dental care and are here to talk you through all of your options and any further questions you may have.
Contact us on 020 7099 5555 to find out your suitability for dental implants.