DENTAL IMPLANTS FAQS
AM I SUITABLE FOR A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implants can only be placed once the jawbone has stopped growing, so generally they are only suitable for adults. Certain lifestyle choices - such as smoking or those with a history of gum problems may not be ideal candidates. Of course, the best way to know is to simply make an appointment to talk about it with one of our experts.
ARE IMPLANTS SAFE? HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
Just like natural teeth, implants are safe and will last many, many years if cared for properly. However, like other surgical implants (such as hip replacements) we can’t offer a full lifetime guarantee. How well you look after your implants and attend regular maintenance appointments is what will make a real difference on how long they last.
WILL I HAVE ANY DISCOMFORT DURING OR AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
A local anaesthetic will be used while we place the implant into your jaw so you shouldn’t feel any pain. But, as with any surgical procedure, you might feel some discomfort for a few days after - usually due to the stitches and the normal healing process.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO HAVING IMPLANTS?
Implants can be placed as soon as your jaw has stopped growing, but if there are no other significant risks there is no set age limit.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY CONSULTATION?
During your initial consultation your dentist will need you to answer detailed questions about your medical history and will perform a full examination of your mouth and remaining teeth so they can assess the feasibility of getting an implant. Usually, they will also take x-rays and use models to find the best position for your new tooth.
Establishing good basic dental health is key at this early stage and this appointment will help us discover and potentially treat any urgent problems and stabilise any gum or tooth related issues.
Rest assured that we will do anything and everything that needs to be done to ensure a seamless treatment and a successful and durable new tooth.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PLACE MY IMPLANT?
Once we determine that you're a healthy candidate, we’ll book an appointment to have the surgery carried out. The surgery usually takes anywhere from 2 - 3 hours but it can vary depending on the individual treatment plan. Once the titanium screw has been placed in your jaw, you will have to wait a minimum of 2 - 3 months to allow the screw to bond (integrate) with your jaw bone before we advance to the next step.
When your dentist is satisfied that your implant has integrated properly it’s time to plan for the permanent restoration. At this stage an impression of your mouth may be taken. Finally, the laboratory will construct your final restoration (crown) which takes around four weeks. The final fitting generally takes one hour.