Through our website we receive many questions from patients looking to seek expert advice on dental implants. From patients with missing teeth to patients already undergoing the teeth implant procedure, we’ve answered personally thousands of questions.
We asked Dr Philip Tangri, a leading dental implant dentist with over 20 years of dental implant experience the following popular implant related questions:
What are dental implants?
Dental Implants are small screws (usually made of Titanium) that are inserted into the bone of your jaw. Your bone grows onto the implant (osseointegration) and forms a stable foundation for replacement teeth, supporting a fixed bridge or stabilising a denture. Teeth implants look, feel and function just like normal teeth, allowing you to smile and eat confidently.
How long do teeth implants last for?
The first teeth implants were placed in 1952 by Dr. Leonard Linkow, and they are still functioning today. Since then millions of implants have been placed. With routine checkups with your dentist and maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene Implants can last a lifetime.
Who can have dental implants?
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth, which could be lost due to disease, trauma or decay. Health of the patient is the biggest factor when determining whether dental implants treatment is suitable. If a patient is healthy enough to undergo treatment such as a tooth extraction then they should be a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment. A dental implant surgeon will evaluate a patients health carefully, taking into account their medical and dental history and assess whether dental implant treatment is suitable.
How long does the procedure take?
Your implant dentist should provide you with a full treatment plan giving a more accurate timescale, however it’s possible to have fully functioning teeth within a few months.
Is implant surgery painful?
Many patients have asked this question and seem concerned that the implant procedure is an uncomfortable one. However, the procedure itself is actually quite a gentle one, normally carried out under local anaesthetic and in some instances sedation may be used. Many patients have reported being much more comfortable following dental implant procedure than anticipated.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Because implants form a stable foundation in your jaw by integrating permanently with the bone, they are able to function just like normal teeth and allow you to eat with confidence. Importantly the aesthetic benefits of implants allow fantastic smile transformations which can be seen in our smile gallery.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of a single dental implant varies between £1,700 and £2,000. This is split between the implant placement and the final restoration fitted onto the implant. Your implant dentist will carefully plan your treatment and advise you on how many implants you may need. Dental implants can completely transform your smile and the way you eat, a small price to pay for such a large lifestyle improvement.
Is funding available for dental implant treatment?
Treatment options are avaiable to help you with your treatment cost. At the Scott Arms Dental Practice we offer interest free treatment over 2 years for dental implants.
If you are interested in Dental Implants or would like more information, feel free to contact the Scott Arms Dental Practice where we offer a free dental implant consultation.