What will it cost?
The cost will be completely dependent on your circumstances and we will provide you with a full and detailed estimate for any proposed treatments.
How long does treatment take?
For routine cases from the time of the implant placement to the time that the tooth or teeth are placed can take between six weeks and six months.
What are dental implants used for?
Once implants have been placed they can be used as supports for an individual tooth or teeth. They can be used to fix a denture in place with small stud like fastenings. Their use depends on what actually you need. Few problems cannot be fixed, but each case needs to be assessed carefully on its own merits and you need to decide on how far you are willing to go to achieve your particular end goal.
Are implants right for you?
Dental implants have very few restrictions. Age is no barrier. It is true that it is best not to delay too long after teeth have been removed as there is a natural process of bone shrinkage following tooth removal. This can make it more difficult to place an implant, but that is not a barrier to implant placement.
If you have a gap or dentures, an implant or implants can be a very good choice for you.
Where can they be placed?
Implants can be placed virtually anywhere in your mouth. However, there are limitations because of the anatomy of our jaws, which can make some areas complicated and other areas almost impossible. You will need an assessment with Dr Tom Donnelly to see if your particular problems can be resolved.
Is it painful?
It is surprising that there is generally little pain felt after the procedure. Most often, there is less discomfort than the loss of the original tooth or teeth. There can of course be exceptions, but the vast majority of implant placements proceed causing little pain or discomfort.
Are they safe?
All the dental implants used in this country are required to have CE marking. This is an internationally recognised mark to show that the medical device has a high level of safety. Titanium alloy has a proven track record of safety and is prized for its biocompatibility ie. It’s ability to be accepted by our body.
How long does treatment take?
This is truly dependant on your particular situation. In the simplest of cases treatment time will still take a number of months from start to finish.
How do I know if I have enough bone?
It is not possible for you to assess your own situation. It is better for an experienced dentist to assess your mouth and link this to your requirements. The dentist will then suggest any special tests required to gain sufficient information to develop a treatment plan for your circumstances.
When should they be placed?
In an ideal world, implants would be placed whenever teeth were removed. This is simply not practical in the vast majority of cases. It is still better for implants to be placed, at the dentist’s discretion within three months of extraction to maximise the bone quantity. This does not mean that people who have lost teeth many years ago cannot have implants; it just means that there is more need for compromise when the bone and gum have reduced.
How many implants do I need?
The number of implants needed is dependent on the spaces you have and the treatment plan designed by your dentist to suit your requirements. As has been mentioned before ache implant does not necessarily support just one tooth.
What can go wrong?
It is possible for any surgical procedure to have complications. Fortunately, mouths are incredibly forgiving. The main complication are swelling, bruising ……
Will I have to go without teeth?
The vast majority of situations do not require you to be without your teeth. There are circumstances where you will have to leave your teeth out but we will advise you if there is a need for this.
How long will they last?
Dental implants can last a very long time. Dental literature suggests that if an implant can last through the first year then they can last 40 plus years. The tooth or teeth on top of the implant(s) are unlikely to last as long as the implant itself. The crown or bridge on top of the implant on average made need replacing, depending on circumstances, within 15 – 20 years. An over-denture or implant retained denture will have a much shorter life and will require much higher maintenance with replacement of some parts routinely.