Is the placement painful?
Dental implant treatment normally involves the placement of titanium fixtures under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure. Our patients continually report that the operation itself is a painless experience. We also offer sedation services for nervous patients.
Is titanium hazardous to health?
No, Titanium is well tolerated by the body. It has been used extensively in orthopaedics over many years and is the metal of choice for dental implant systems.
Can anyone have implants?
There are some medical conditions, which may preclude you from implant treatment. Everyone is different and a careful assessment will be made of each patient’s condition before advice is given. You need enough bone to place the implants in, however bone can be repaired prior to or at the time of implant placement.
How long does it take?
Everybody heals at different rates, so there are no fixed time limits however a general guide is:
- 2 visits prior to placement to assess your needs. A written treatment plan will be formulated for you.
- A visit for placement, usually 2 hours are booked but actual surgery time is between 30 minutes and an hour, this can be longer in more complex cases.
- 8 to 12 weeks for the implant to integrate with the bone. In bone grafted cases this can take up to 6 months.
- A visit to review the implant, unscrew the healing caps and check all is healing well.
- A visit to take impressions of the implant fixture.
- A visit to fit the final restoration.
What are the success rates?
Long term clinical data shows that the prognosis for dental implant treatment is very high, in the region of 96%, in the absence of risk factors such as smoking, underlying poor bone quality and quantity.
The success of the treatment will depend mainly on your ability to maintain very high standards of oral hygiene and plaque control measures in the long term.
What are the known risks?
Implant therapy is not an experimental approach; rather it is a well-proven, state-of-the-art medical dental technique that has been scientifically tested and used for decades by dentists and surgeons worldwide.
Depending on the condition of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Bad oral hygiene or limited healing of the wound due to a pre-existing medical conditions may reduce the odds of the implant remaining in place.
Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, your dentist will evaluate whether dental implants are the option for you.
In the upper jaw a consideration is the sinus floor. When teeth have been lost for a long time these structures enlarge and there is less bone in which to place the implants. This can be corrected with more extensive bone grafting procedures.
As with all surgery there may be some swelling and bruising to the area for 3 to 7 days. This is alleviated with modern painkillers and ice packs.
Is implant therapy an expensive solution?
Contrary to what you might think, conventional dentures or bridges are not always cost-effective.
The initial layout for dental implant treatment varies on how many implants are needed and if bone augmentation is required. Other factors include the surgery itself and standard of the laboratory work.
A treatment plan including costs will be developed only when all the aspects have been taken into account, and in some cases, dental implants may be more economical in the long term.