Frequently asked questions

Do dental implants hurt?

The simple answer to this question is, no, not usually. The dental implants will always be placed under local anaesthetic, they can also be placed under dental sedation if you are particularly anxious of the procedure.

What is the dental implant procedure?

The procedure to dental implants varies according to the number of teeth you have missing, the procedure will typically be as follows:

  • Attend the dental practice for an initial consultation.
  • Further diagnosics maybe undertaken such as a CT Scan.
  • Have impressions taken which will be sent to the dental laboratory for assessment.
  • Have a visit with the dental implant surgeon/dentist.
  • Planning stages undertaken to work out exactly what you wish to look like after the implants have been placed.
  • Dental Implant surgery to place the implants during which time you will be fitted with a temporary tooth/teeth.
  • Healing phase to allow the implant and soft tissue to heal.
  • Restorative phase where the new teeth/tooth will be permanently attached to the dental implant.

How long do dental implants take?

Once again, this depends upon the exact nature of the treatment but you can expect the design stages to take approximately 8 weeks, the healing phase is usually between 3 and 6 months, the restorative phase will take approximately 4 weeks. if you estimate the entire process to last approximately 9 months this should generally be a fairly good estimate.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

The first thing the dentist will look at to ascertain suitability is your dental health, if your overall dental health or oral hygiene is not at high enough standard then this will need to be rectified first. Dental implants can be expensive and your dentures will want to ensure you stand the best chance of a successful treatment by having a healthy mouth before you begin. So long as you are healthy and prepared to follow the hygiene routine provided to you by your dentist and/or dental hygienist you should be suitable for implants.

Who is not suitable for dental implants?

People who fall into one or more of the following categories may not be suitable for dental implants:

  1. Smokers. Smoking drastically slows down the healing process and makes the dental implant procedure less predictable.
  2. Alcohol. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have the same effect as tobacco and slow down the healing time is required.
  3. Diabetes.
  4. Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  5. Teenagers. Dentist will normally prefer your jaw to have stopped growing before placing dental implants, depending on your agenda this is typically around 19 years old.
  6. Teeth grinders. If you grind your teeth excessively you may have a tendency to put extra pressure on the dental implant which may lead to implant failure. If you grind your teeth at night the dentist may overcome this problem by providing you with a night splint.
  7. Autoimmune diseases.
  8. Some drugs, particularly those which then the blood.
If you are at all concerned about your suitability for dental implants, please speak to your dentist.

What is the dental implants cost?

The cost of a dental implant is made up of the following:

  1. Initial consultation to discuss suitability and provide options.
  2. Dental implant planning appointment with a dental implant dentist.
  3. Case planning with the dental implant team including surgeon, restoring dentist and dental technician.
  4. Placement of the dental implant itself.
  5. Cleaning phase.
  6. Restorative phase including a trans-mucosal element which connects the dental implant its self onto the new crown (apart of the dental implant that you will see).
  7. The dental crown.
As you can see, the cost of a dental implant is made up of several components, each of them having a cost. It's possible to reduce/cut the costs of the dental implant treatment in some cases and you will always be provided with the best options for you. dental implants typically start at around £2000.

Can I get dental implants on the NHS?

We like to provide all patients with full access to every treatment option, giving you a range of solutions to any dental problem, we therefore do not offer dental implants on the NHS from our practice in Barnstaple. We do however offer unaffordable adult dental health plan which includes dental health checks, hygiene visits and 10% reduction on treatment fees. Click here for more information about our dental health plan. Association of Dental Implantology
The ADI aims to provide the public with an improved understanding of the benefits of implantology, and Members with the benefits of continuous skills development, safeguarding standards.

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