The following is just a simple summary. For more comprehensive information please click here to view (PDF file from Association of dental Implantology UK) – Please see below for example cases.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium metal rod, which is placed into the jawbone. They can be used to support individual crowns, bridges or even full dentures. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as ‘implants.
Are Implants Safe? How Long Will They Last?
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. 90% of modern implants will still be functioning after 15 years.
I Have Some Of My Own Teeth. Can I Still Have Implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth, to a complete set. It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. We will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do Implants Hurt?
Patients are often pleasantly surprised at how painless the whole procedure is!
Placing the implants requires a small operation. This is usually carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation and occasionally in complex cases with a general anaesthetic.
The placement will therefore be completely painless, but some patients feel slight discomfort for a few days following the surgery. This is usually due to having sutures (stitches) in place, and the normal healing process.
Can I Have The New Teeth Straight Away?
It is possible to place and restore implants immediately, but this is not always advisable. Usually the implants are placed 6-8 weeks after the teeth have been removed. If required, a temporary denture is worn during this period..
How Long Does Treatment Take?
From the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants, is about 4 months. However, if only the lower jaw is involved then the whole process may be completed in around 3 months.
A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. We will be able to give you a timetable once your assesment has been completed.
Are The Teeth Difficult To Clean?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that present particular problems and you’ll be shown methods to help.
If I Had Gum Disease When I Had My Own Teeth, Will I Get It With The Teeth Attached To The Implants?
Possibly, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and don’t smoke, then you should not have any problem.
Please click on the images below to view a selection of implant cases, with before and after pictures.