Dental implant FAQs

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of dental implants, here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we get about this treatment. 

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. 

Are implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are a well-established and effective treatment. At Allsopp Orthodontics, our principal orthodontist, Dr Jonathan Allsopp, has worked with dental implants since 1996 so is highly experienced in this field of treatment. 

How long do implants last?

Once fitted, most implants will last for at least 15 years. 

Can I still have implants if I have my own teeth?

Yes. We can fit individual implants or a complete set of implants. 

Do implants hurt?

Fitting implants does require us to conduct a small operation. This is done under local anaesthetic with sedation or with a general anaesthetic. Your mouth will be tender for about a week after this surgery but once the tooth has healed the pain will go. 

How long does treatment take?

Treatment takes about 12 months, though every case is different. It isn’t an overnight process though. 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 an established brushing and flossing regime. 

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. However, at Allsopp Orthodontics we have finance options and payment plans available to help make this treatment affordable. 

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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