Dental Implants and our most frequently asked questions

What is a Dental Implant?

It’s a titanium metal post which is surgically placed into the jaw bone below the gum to mimic the root of a missing tooth or teeth.

Why do I need a Dental Implant?

To replace a lost tooth or teeth in the mouth without involving any of the surrounding teeth.

Where are they fitted?

Any area where there are missing teeth in the upper or lower jaws.

Will a Dental Implant look like a real tooth?

Yes, the titanium section is all below the gum. This allows for a tooth coloured restoration on top, in the visible part of the mouth.

Do they hurt?

There should be no pain during the insertion of the implant but there may be some discomfort pot operatively. This is usually controlled with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Are they expensive?

The cost varies depending on how many implants you require. A full written and signed estimate will be given and explained prior to any treatment undertaken. Our patients report back that having the implant was well worth it and represented good value for money.

Will the implant last forever?

Provided oral health is maintained, yes. A full cleaning regime will be given after placement. Annual maintenance checks are required (similar to a dental check up).

I don’t have any teeth, why do I need dental implants?

To maintain the bone in the jaws ensuring you have well fitting, secure and comfortable dentures (false teeth).

Will anyone be able to tell I have dental implants?

No, you will just look like you have a healthy natural smile.

I’m frightened of dental treatment, can I have dental implants?

Yes, in the majority of cases it’s a straightforward procedure performed under local anaesthetic. If you can cope with injections then you should have no problem having dental implant treatment.

Why can’t my own dentist fit dental implants ?

Because they have to be fitted by a qualified oral surgeon. You can still see your own dentist for all your other treatment though.