Frequently Asked Questions

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Implants offer a “true health benefit” as a method of replacing teeth, because, unlike crowns or bridges, they avoid the extensive drilling away of healthy tooth tissue necessary for crowns or bridges. Whenever a healthy tooth is a drilled down, the tooth is in effect damaged by the process. This damage can traumatise the tissues inside the tooth resulting, for example, in root canal treatment. If the tooth remains untouched, as it would be if an implant was used instead of a bridge, then no trauma occurs and this is highly unlikely that the tooth would require any other treatment.

Research shows that over 1/3 of front teeth drilled for crowns or bridges require root canal treatment within 10 years.

Implants are made from titanium alloy.
The most important part of the implant treatment is the assessment and diagnosis. It is here where we examine all the relevant elements in order to determine the individual’s suitability for implant treatment. We have an audited 99% success rate with implants because they are placed in situations where they are likely to work. On occasion, alternatives to implants such as bridges or dentures may be a better option. The assessment in the key element in deciding the best course of action in each individual case.
Yes, the assessment is £94.00 and the CT scan ranges from £90 – £150, upon complexity.
The implant assessment is the key element in diagnosing problems and developing treatment plan which receives an individualised report outlining findings recommendations options and costs. This report obviously takes time to compile and the fee reflects this time spent.
The most common one is insufficient bone. However, we can create new bone in most circumstances using grafting techniques and so in most cases, Implants are an option. The key is deciding if they are the best option in each individual case.
Timescales vary considerably depending upon what is being done. It can be 6-8 weeks or 12-18 months. How long in each case is determined via the assessment and treatment plan.
No. Procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic which is highly effective. It is easier to anaesthetise for implants than to drill a tooth, as the nerve supply is more limited. Sedation is also available as an option for those who are anxious about dental procedures.
There is some mild discomfort which is usually controlled by over the counter painkillers. It is wise to avoid heavy exertion for the first day. If multiple implants are placed then his may be relevant for a few more days.
A CT scan gives a three dimensional picture of the bone available for the implant placement, so that we can tell exactly where we can or cannot place the implants. It also allows the exact measurements of the position of the vital structures, such as the nerve in the lower jaw and sinuses in the upper. The information cannot be gathered in any other way apart from surgically and is an essential tool for planning cases. We routinely use CT scans for all implant cases. It removes any element of educated guesswork associated with traditional x-rays.
Again, this depends upon individual circumstances but for straight forward cases, 50% is paid at the implant placement, the balance at the end.
All medical devices, (crowns, bridges, fillings, implants, hips etc) are judged over 10-15 years. Data older than this is not usually relevant as the particular device (implant, hip etc) is likely to have changed in that time. 10-15 year success rates are over 90% and higher than equivalent dental procedures. Beyond that time, if the implant is healthy and still working, then it will carry on functioning unless the situation changes.