Questions and Answers

Are dental implants for me ?

Almost anyone who has one or more teeth missing can benefit from dental implants

  1. If you have lost one tooth, you may be wearing a removable partial denture to fill the gap. A single dental implant can permanently replace the lost tooth and will feel very much like your own natural tooth.
  2. If you have lost several teeth, two or more implants can be used to support a fixed bridge thus overcoming the need to wear a denture. In some cases, implants are combined with natural teeth to anchor bridges.
  3. If you have lost all your teeth, a small number of implants can be used to secure a denture firmly and comfortably in place. More implants can be used for a permanent full fixed bridge.

How long will implants last ?

The Our implant system has been in use for twenty years and published scientific studies confirm very high success rates. The vast majority of implants placed by our clinic over the last twelve years remain in function and are surrounded by bone which shows no sign of deterioration over the passage of time.

Is implant surgery painful ?

Most implant surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic. The bone becomes profoundly numb and there is no sensation of pain. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little discomfort there is during the surgery and report only mild discomfort for a few days after the operation. For more extensive implant surgery and for patients who are very apprehensive, intra-venous sedation can be given by a consultant anaesthetist.

Is the treatment expensive ?

Firstly, it is essential that any medical or surgical device which is implanted in the human body be designed, tested and manufactured to the highest possible standards. Secondly, as many as eight separate components may be required to restore one missing tooth with an implant. Thirdly, the amount of clinical and technical time required for dental implantology can be quite large. For these reasons, the treatment can appear to be expensive. However, the majority of people treated with implants feel that the benefits and improvement in the quality of life entirely justify the cost involved.

Am I too young or too old for implants ?

Dental implants are best postponed in children until growth is complete. This is because the jaw bones change considerably in shape and size during growth. There is no upper age limit to implant treatment and indeed, the elderly patient can benefit greatly from the improved chewing ability and comfort which can be achieved.

Do I have enough bone for implants ?

Following the loss of teeth, the bone which supported the teeth slowly shrinks away. However, in the majority of cases, enough bone remains in which to place implants. Where too little bone remains, consideration can be given to the use of bone substitutes or bone grafting to create the right conditions for implant placement.

What happens if I lose more teeth ?

If more teeth are lost after implants have been placed, the implants can be used in a variety of different ways to replace the teeth, possibly with the addition of extra implants if needed.

What are the benefits of dental implants ?

Implants can overcome the need to wear a removable partial denture to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike conventional dental bridges, it is not necessary to cut into or prepare the healthy teeth on either side of the gap to support the bridge. Bridges which are permanently fixed onto implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. Where implants are used to retain a removable denture, the teeth will allow comfortable eating and feel totally secure. Patients report that the denture feels much less like a foreign body in the mouth. The denture can be made much smaller and with no need to cover the roof of the mouth. This gives greater confidence during speech and laughter and allows for improved enjoyment of food.There is good scientific evidence that implants prevent the continuing shrinkage of the jawbones which normally follows tooth loss.