Frequently asked questions regarding dental implants

How much does implant treatment cost?

A careful assessment is carried out and a quote provided before any treatment is started. The cost of implant treatment varies. It depends on how many dental implants are to be inserted, what type of treatment is desired and the work required from the dental laboratory.

What is the treatment process?

1. At the first appointment, information is collected from photographs, impressions and X-rays. This information determines the appropriate type of treatment, then the operation itself is performed.

2. The method used depends on several factors, such as dental health, how many teeth are needed and which teeth are being replaced.

3. In a normal course of treatment, the dentist first inserts the implant, which then integrates into the jaw for three to six months. During the healing period you are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown can be fitted.

Why should I choose dental implants?

When the root structure of a natural tooth is missing there is a risk that the bone in the jaw could shrink. This will make your face look older than it actually is. Implants mean that you do not have to worry about loose dentures; dental implants are stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed following insertion, and an implant usually lasts a lifetime.

Are there risks associated with dental implants?

An assessment is made prior to treatment to determine that the patient’s medical condition is suitable for general oral surgery. Patients with medical or other conditions that could hamper or complicate the bone or soft tissue’s healing process of (such as connective tissue disease, steroid treatment, bone infections, smoking) must carefully assess, together with their dentist, the potential risk and benefit of dental implants.

Is old age a problem?

Many somewhat older patients may worry that their age could be an obstacle to their taking advantage of the benefits of dental implants. However, when it comes to dental implants, health is a far more decisive factor than age. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough for a dental implant. Following a careful assessment of your health and dental status, your dentist will determine whether dental implants are suitable for you.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?

Dental implants improve your appearance – If you lose an entire tooth (crown and root) the jaw shrinks, and your face will often look older than it is. Dental implants stop this in a way that conventional dentures or a dental bridge cannot. Healthy teeth are retained – For conventional dental bridges, the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth generally need to be ground down to anchor the dental bridge. With dental implants, the healthy teeth often need not be altered. A permanent solution – You do not have to worry about loose dentures. Dental implants are stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed following insertion. Implants usually last a lifetime.

Will dental implants affect my everyday life?

Dental implants feel, look and act like natural teeth. You can eat and drink as usual. But most important is that dental implants often improve your quality of life. People who have been embarrassed and worried about their dental problems are often overwhelmed by the effect of the new permanent teeth on their self-esteem.

Do the teeth look natural?

Dental implants are as natural as possible and it is difficult to see the difference between the new teeth and your natural teeth.

Will I be able to chew as usual?

Yes, you will. After a short period of adjustment, chewing is just the same as with your regular teeth.

How long does it take to insert a dental implant?

Normally treatment takes about 3-6 months. First the dentist inserts the implant, which then integrates with the jaw bone. During the healing period you are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown can be fitted. The length of time depends on several factors, such as your dental health, how many teeth are needed and which teeth are being replaced. These factors also determine how many visits to the dentist are needed during the treatment period.

Is the treatment painful?

Some discomfort can be experienced, just as with all operations. Inserting just one dental implant usually causes less discomfort than inserting several. Anaesthetics and sedatives are often used to reduce discomfort when the dental implant is inserted. Ask your dentist to tell you about other patients who have already undergone treatment, so that you can share their experience.

How will I feel after treatment?

Minor discharge and swelling of the gums and soft tissue afterwards is normal. However, any discomfort can generally be treated with over-the-counter painkillers. Normally you can be back at work the next day.

How do I look after my dental implants?

Your new teeth must be looked after and checked regularly, just like your ordinary teeth. Brush and floss your teeth as instructed by your dentist or dental hygienist. Visit your dentist every six months, or more often if necessary.


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