11 June 2024

Dental implants have become a popular solution for replacing missing teeth, offering a durable and natural-looking alternative to dentures and bridges. Whether you’re considering implants for yourself or just curious about the process, this guide covers the most commonly asked questions about dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth designed to match your natural teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

The implant process involves several steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: We will assesses your oral health, takes X-rays, and plans the implant procedure.
  2. Implant Placement: The titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone.
  3. Osseointegration: Over several months, the implant fuses with the jawbone, creating a stable base.
  4. Abutment Placement: Once the implant is secure, an abutment (a connector) is placed on top.
  5. Crown Attachment: A custom-made crown is attached to the abutment, completing the process.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

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The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel pain during the surgery. Some discomfort is normal after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

At Notley Dental Care we also offer Conscious sedation during these procedures.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are highly durable and resistant to decay. Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are essential to maintaining the longevity of your implants.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants are those with:

If you have insufficient bone density, bone grafting might be necessary before implant placement.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

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Dental implants offer numerous advantages, including:

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants varies depending on several factors which will be discussed at your consultation however a guide price is £3000 covering the cost of the implant and the porcelain crown that is attached to it.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, typically around 95-98%. Factors that can affect success include the patient’s health, the quality of the jawbone, and the dentist’s expertise. At Notley all implants are placed by Dr Carl Manhem an experienced implant expert and oral surgeon.

How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth:

In summary

Dental implants offer a reliable and aesthetically pleasing solution for tooth loss. Understanding the process, benefits, and care requirements can help you make an informed decision. If you’re considering dental implants, contact us to discuss your options and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. With proper care, dental implants can provide a lifelong solution that enhances your smile and quality of life.