Frequently asked questions about Dental Implants answered.
We like our patients to be as informed as possible and are always happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants. Below is a list of frequently asked questions with answers.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the jawbone and acts as a root to support crowns, bridges or dentures to replace one or more missing teeth.
What is the success rate of implants and how long will they last?
The treatment is highly reliable (96% success rate in a healthy person). With routine check-ups and the following of home care instructions, they should last a lifetime.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a single implant is usually between £1,900 and £2,200 (if more than one implant is placed then the cost per implant is reduced). This amount is split between the surgical placement of the implant and the fitting of the final crown on top.
Can I have a dental implant if I am missing jawbone?
Yes! You may require some pre-implant treatments. These will restore your jawbone, creating a new area to which the implant can be fitted to, restoring your smile. These treatments will be maintained by the new implant, so you don’t need to worry about the jawbone deteriorating again.
Is the placement of implants painful?
No, implant placement is a very gentle procedure, normally carried out under a local anaesthetic and in most cases a mild sedative.
Will I experience pain after the procedure?
The after effects of implant placement are usually very mild. There may be some slight bruising and swelling, dependent on the number of implants placed; this can be relieved by painkillers. Antibiotics and mild steroids will be prescribed for your comfort. Most of our patients report little or no discomfort.
What will happen if the implant fails?
In the rare event of an implant not integrating with the bone, we would in most cases replace it at no additional cost. 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. We will advise you based on the clinical factors involved.
How long does the whole implant process take?
Three to nine months as a general guideline. After your initial consultation, we will provide a full Treatment Plan with a tailored time scale.
How soon can I return to work after surgery?
Nearly all of our patients are able to return to work the following day. We will advise you if we consider you may need additional time off work.
Do implants require special care?
You will need to see the hygienist at regular intervals following completion of your implant treatment. Like natural teeth and gums, implants need good oral hygiene and this is the key to the long-term success of your dental implants. We will provide full written instructions on how to care for your implant.
Will I need to alter my routine during the implant process?
You are encouraged to continue your normal activities, even if it involves travelling out of the area or even the country during the implant treatment. It is only advisable to stay close to the surgery 2 – 3 days immediately after the implant placement. However, we do not like to rush implant treatment, so if you feel you are too busy it may be more sensible to wait until you have more time.
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Dr Nigel Jones is one of the most experienced implant dentists in the UK. He places and restores 500 dental implants every year. Call 01873 857400 or click below
As a leading Dental Implantologist, Dr Nigel Jones provides expert treatment and advice to patients. Dr Nigel Jones lectures at the FGDP Royal College of Surgeons, also CPD events and training seminars for referring dentists.