Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find an answer to your question try putting it in the search box on the right.
1. Why should I choose The Implant Experts?
Our team of expert dental surgeons and professional support staff undertake only dental implant and related treatment. With over 25 years of experience with dental implant treatment, this makes us one of the longest established dental implant teams in the UK. At The Implant Experts we use only leading dental implant systems. By choosing The Implant Experts for your dental implant treatment, you can be confident that from start to finish you will be cared for by an experienced and friendly team.
2. What is the cost of dental implant treatment?
The cost of treatment varies depending upon the number of teeth missing and therefore the number of implants needed. A dental implant with the final porcelain crown attached replacing a single missing tooth costs approximately £2,000, assuming the underlying bone is satisfactory. An economic way of replacing multiple missing teeth is to use a fixed porcelain bridge supported by two or more implants. For example, a three-tooth bridge supported by two implants would cost about £5,000, assuming the underlying bone is satisfactory. A full arch of teeth can be replaced using the ‘Teeth in a Day’ procedure for £11,900.
3. Is dental implant treatment painful?
All dental implant treatment can be carried out under local anaesthesia as for any routine dental procedure. In general implant treatment is delicate and technically precise and therefore not an uncomfortable process to undergo. The majority of patients consider it to be much less uncomfortable than a dental extraction. For patients who are apprehensive of dental treatment, we are able to make the experience more pleasant by providing either oral or intravenous sedation. This would be fully discussed with you during initial consultation.
4. Will I need to have bone augmentation?
On losing teeth, the underlying bone may be damaged or compromised, particularly if there has been previous recurrent infection of the failing teeth. Fortunately, there are many simple techniques available to us for the repair of small bone deficiencies. We are therefore usually able to place the dental implant(s) and repair the underlying bone using synthetic bone regenerative materials at the same time. For some procedures, it is possible to place implants without needing to undertake bone augmentation. Following a full assessment, we would be able to confirm what would be needed in your case.
5. Will I have a gap after losing my tooth?
Losing a tooth can be potentially embarrassing, particularly when the tooth is at the front. An immediate temporary denture, or in some cases at temporary fixed bridge, can be provided for virtually all patients, so there is no need to worry about being left with an unsightly gap. For some cases we can even remove the failing teeth, place implants and restore with a fixed temporary bridge all on the same day. In general, the conventional protocol is for the implant to be placed and then be left for between 8 to 12 weeks for integration to the underlying bone before restoration with the final crown or bridge. A patient would be able to have a temporary denture during that time.
6. What happens if an implant fails?
Any surgical procedure can have complications and dental implants are no exception. When an implant is placed, your bone then needs to grow onto and fuse to the implant in a process known as osseointegration if it is to become a firm foundation for a crown. In the unlikely event that your bone fails to grow onto an implant, we offer the choice of either a full refund, or to replace the implant completely free of charge. We have usually found that patients wish to try again and that a second failure is exceptionally rare.
We are very careful to continuously audit our results and assess our performance, and we always strive to excel. Our audited implant integration rates are over 99% and we will be happy and proud to show you our figures at any time. This is an exceptional figure and it is down to both the skill and experience of our team and to the quality of the equipment we use.
7. Do I need to have my tooth extracted by my dentist before coming to see you?
You do not need to have the tooth extracted before seeing us. Where possible we would like to assess the area first in order to work out the best treatment plan to replace your teeth. This allows us to use the care and attention needed to maintain all possible bone and simplify your treatment. We can then plan the timetable for treatment much more easily. However, if you are in pain then you can ask your dentist to carefully remove the tooth, and to clean the area carefully with consideration of implant protocols which we have taught many referring dentists.
8. My teeth have been missing a long time, can I still have implants?
Normally yes – we have worked with many exceptional cases where other implant dentists have said there is not enough bone. We will do a thorough assessment of course including detailed x-rays and the latest in 3D imaging to assess the bone available.
Very rarely we will explain that there is not enough bone to safely work with implants and then we have to consider alternative dental options with you and your dentist.
9. Can you replace all of my teeth with implants?
We are very experienced with full arch restoration for both upper, lower, or both arches at the same time. You do not need one implant per tooth and can actually have as few as four implants to replace all of the upper or lower teeth. There are a variety of options for the type of bridgework supplied which can either be removable by you or fixed in place, so please see the relevant section of our website.
10. How quickly can I have my implants and new teeth?
We are experienced in the techniques that enable us to remove the failing teeth, place implants and build up immediate teeth onto the implants all in one session using the ‘Teeth in a Day’ procedure.
See the website section on this fascinating area for more information. Not everyone is able to have this treatment but we will do so wherever it is safe and will have a high success rate.