- Q. Would implants be right for me?
Answer: First, you should decide whether implants could be right for you. Contact us to arrange an implant consultation and discussion and we will let you know the treatment options.
- Q. Are implants safe? How long will they last?
Answer: Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Generally we say implant would last for the lifetime.. But it also depends on your bone changes.
Q.I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Answer: Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
- Q. Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
Answer: It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a special radiograph to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, grafting or placing of bone may be required prior to placing implants in that area first.
- Q. Do implants hurt?
Answer: Placing the implants requires a small operation. This will be carried out under local anaesthesia. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery which is relieved by the medication prescribed.
- Q. Can I have the new teeth straight away?
Answer: No. The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.
- Q. If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Answer: Only if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, then you should not have any problems.
- Q. Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
Answer: No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, four to six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be sufficient.
- Q. What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
Answer: This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Or, the dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.
Q.Is the treatment expensive?
Answer: Unfortunately, yes. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges.
There are advantages to it, too. An implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Also the implants serve a lifetime and not only till your adjacent teeth remain healthy like in bridges. Moreover, with age as all other teeth are lost, the implants already present can be used to provide fixed complete dentures. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about. But teeth attached to an implant don’t cause this problem. Also, the implants integrate into bone preventing bone loss unlike crowns and bridges, thus delaying the signs of aging.