Dental Implants FAQ



What is an implant? An implant is a small device anchored in the jawbone to provide a stable foundation on which new teeth can be attached. The implants are made from medically pure titanium & fixed in place during a minor operation.
2 months later new teeth can be built on the now integrated implants. We use different implant systems to suit all budgets. 

What is the benefit to me of having an implant fitted? Firstly an implant is solid so any new tooth placed on it will be as stable as a normal tooth; there is nothing to “take out at night” & no embarrassing plate to wear. Secondly there is no necessity to crown adjacent teeth such as if you were having a bridge fitted. And finally implants will give you the confidence to eat anything & smile without embarrassment. 
 Is there any age limit? No any reasonably fit person can have implants. If you are tired of ill fitting dentures then implants can often be the best way of securing a stable & healthy smile. 
 I’m reasonably happy with my dentures but they sometimes move: can implants help? Yes 2 or more implants can be fitted under the plate to help anchor the denture in place. This gives much greater stability to the denture stopping it moving around. 
 Can you replace back teeth as well as front teeth? Yes any tooth can be replaced. 
 Is there a limit to the number of teeth that can be replaced? No implants can be used in many situations not only to replace single teeth but also if you have lost all your teeth. 
I need to have a tooth extracted now: can an implant be fitted immediately? Yes, in some situations the tooth can be extracted & an implant placed into the socket at the same time. However the new tooth cannot be fitted onto the implant until it has integrated into the bone. This is normally 2 months later. 
 What happens during the 2 month healing process: do I have to have a gap? No a temporary tooth will be provided. 
 How long do implants last? Once integrated the implant should last for a long time, however, the tooth on the implant may need replacement from time to time. It should be remembered that you will have to carry out meticulous cleaning of your new teeth to keep everything healthy: we will show you what to do. Failure to carry out adequate oral hygiene can lead to failure of the implant. Regular hygiene appointments & examinations, at least every 3 - 6 months, are essential. 
 Do implants ever fail? Yes occasionally even with the best care & attention the implant is rejected. We take every care to eliminate potential problems but every so often an implant will fail for no apparent reason. Poor oral hygiene is one cause of failure. However once the rejected implant has been removed a new implant may be successful in another position. 
 How much do implants cost? This is very variable & depends on the number of implants placed & the complexity of the teeth fitted to the implants. We can only give you an estimate once all factors have been assessed. However depending on the system used and the complexity of the case, a single tooth implant can cost as little as £1450.

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