Dental implant FAQs
It’s not unusual to have questions before undergoing a dental procedure. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants and what to expect if you are about to receive this treatment.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to fill in any gaps left by missing teeth and provide support for one or more false teeth. At Allsopp Smile, we use Straumann implants and the ‘bone’ is man-made with either Fortoss vital or Straumann bone ceramic.
Are implants safe?
Yes, dental implants are a well-established and effective dental treatment. Additionally, our principal Specialist Orthodontist , Dr Allsopp, has over two decades of experience working with dental implants in patients of all ages.
How long do implants last?
Once fitted, most implants will last for at least 15 years. We chose to offer Straumann implants because of their known quality and durability.
Can I still have implants if I have my own teeth?
Yes. We can fit individual implants or a complete set of implants. The best way to know what your exact needs are is to contact us for a complimentary consultation.
Do implants hurt?
Fitting implants does require us to conduct a small operation. That being said, the procedure itself will be painless, as it is done under local anaesthetic with sedation. You can also elect to receive IV sedation. Your mouth will be tender for about a week after surgery but once the tooth has healed, the pain will go.
How long does treatment take?
Dental implant treatment takes about 12 months, though every case is different. It isn’t an overnight process. Each implant needs to bond to the bone before your new teeth can be fitted.
Will it be noticeable that I have implants?
No. Once fitted, your dental implants will look and feel like normal teeth. This also means you must care for them like normal teeth and follow a daily brushing and flossing regime, with regular, twice-yearly hygiene visits.
Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants do need to be inserted by a qualified and experienced dental professional, so you are paying for this expertise. To make this treatment more affordable, we have finance options and payment plans available.
**This information has been provided by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF). For more answers to commonly asked questions about dental implants, click here.
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