Dental Implants FAQ

Dental Implants FAQ

Q. What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the upper or lower jawbone. The implant acts as a root to support crowns, bridges or dentures which are intended to replace one or more missing teeth.

Q. How long do implants last?

With routine check ups and the following of home care instructions as advised by your dentist, implants should last many, many years.

Q. What is the success rate of implants?

The success rate is 96% in a healthy person. Should an implant fail to integrate, we will replace it at no extra cost should this be necessary.

Q. How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of a single implant is usually between £1,700 and £2,000. This is split between implant placement and the final restoration. After careful treatment planning we will be able to advise on how many implants you may need and estimate the cost involved. Be driven by the benefits not by the cost!

Q. How can I tell if I am healthy enough to have dental implants?

Generally speaking, if a person had good health and is able to undergo surgery for routine bridgework or routine tooth extractions, the same person can receive dental implants. If the patient is taking any form of medication they should alert us in the medical questionnaire that we use. There are very few medical conditions that would prevent you from having an implant.

Q. Is the placement of implants painful?

No. Implant placement is a very gentle procedure, normally carried out under local anaesthetic and, in some cases, a mild sedative.

Q. How long will the procedure take?

Approximately 20 minutes for each implant placed.

Q. Will I experience pain after the procedure?

There may be some slight discomfort and perhaps swelling for a short period which can be relieved with painkillers. Most of our patients report little or no discomfort.

Q. How will we know if the implant has worked?

In the rare case of an implant not integrating with the bone, the implant will have slight movement which the dentist will be able to detect.

Q. What will happen if the implant fails?

In most cases the implant would be replaced. We would advise you based on the clinical factors involved.

Q. Will I have to pay for the implant again?

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 offer a maintenance programme covering check ups, routine care and cover for implants starting from £8.49 per month.

Q. How long does the whole implant procedure take?

3-9 months as a general guideline. We will provide a full treatment plan and a more accurate time scale.

Q. How soon can I return to work after implant placement?

Normally after 24 hours. We will advise you- this really depends on each individual case.

Q. Do implants require special care?

Like natural teeth and gums, implants need a good oral hygiene programme and regular checks by your dentist. We will provide full written instructions on how to care for the final restoration.

Q. What area does your dental implant service cover?

We are one of the largest practices for Dental Implants Birmingham and the West Midlands area, but we do treat patients from all over England.

Q. How soon can I floss?

You can floss as soon as your teeth are fitted, it is important to maintain a very high standard of oral hygiene to ensure long term implant success. Follow up care: Implant oral hygiene instructions You will need to see the hygienist at regular intervals, as advised by your dentist, following completion of the implant. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene around dental implants to ensure their long term viability. The margins should be cleaned twice daily with a medium to soft toothbrush and tepe brushes used to remove debris that forms between the teeth. As part of your ongoing oral hygiene regime, you should regularly visit the dental hygienist who will help you to maintain care of your implant work. Your genetics may predispose you to certain uncontrolled medical conditions including gum recession. It is therefore important that you maintain an excellent standard of oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene is the key to the long term success of your dental implants.