How does it work?
Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth or for replacing teeth which are at a terminal stage.
What are the benefits?
There is no need to wear dentures which can move about in the mouth and restrict what you eat or taste, and no healthy teeth are drilled as would be needed with a bridge. You will end up with a definitive solution to your gaps that will last for years to come. Implants give you full confidence to smile and eat well, without fear of embarrassment.
Can anyone have implants?
You will need to have a consultation with your dentist who will assess you to find out if you have enough bone. He will check your medical history (there are a few medical conditions that rule out implants: generally conditions that affect your healing process e.g. uncontrolled diabetes and certain drug therapies). It is important that you are not smoking at the time of implant placement or for 12 weeks either side. It is preferable to give up smoking altogether, but the influence of smoking will be discussed fully with you at the consultation.
What is involved in having an implant?
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from three to nine months. The typical process will include:
- Initial implant placement. Following this your bone will integrate with the surface of the implant anchoring it into position.
- Second Stage. An additional minor procedure may be needed that creates an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.
- Final stages: This involves designing the bespoke crown that is the final restoration, blending in with the adjacent teeth.
Will it be painful?
You will have Local anaesthetic for all stages that may cause any discomfort. After the initial procedure, you may possibly experience some pain, minor swelling or bruising, but this is normally easily relieved with regular non-prescription pain killers. Experience tells us that most people are pleasantly surprised by the lack of discomfort throughout the entire procedure.
What does it cost?
A single tooth replaced with an implant will cost £2500. Your initial consultation will cost £60.00 to £100. More complicated cases will need a quote on an individual basis, so if you are interested it is a good idea to give us a call, or have a consultation where all options will be discussed and a fully priced treatment plan along with time scales will be given to you.
When do I get my new teeth?
After placement of an implant post, you can expect to wait during the healing period before a permanent crown of bridge is attached. This can take 2 to 3 months for lower teeth, and 3 to 4 months for the upper teeth. For implants to replace front teeth you will receive a temporary tooth or teeth while you wait. If you already wear dentures, you should be able to use them almost immediately after the procedure.
How long will it take to complete treatment?
Length of treatment varies depending on the complexity of the treatment. During your initial consultation, your Kensington Dental implantologist will discuss your treatment plans and provide you with an idea of how long it would take to complete the treatment.
What if I am wearing dentures on the implants
If dentures are being fixed by implants then you will usually have been wearing your new denture comfortably for a while before the final attachments are put into the denture that secures it. You will normally be able to wear the secured denture on the same day as the implants have been placed.
Please contact the surgery, we will be happy to discuss your needs or arrange a consultation.