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What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is effectively a false root. It is made of titanium and is inserted directly into the jawbone using a simple surgical procedure. Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone an impression (or mould) is taken and sent to the laboratory, where our technician constructs a special crown which fits onto the implant using a device called an abutment.

How long does it take?

Implant surgery takes between one and two hours. Once placed the implant is allowed to integrate for between 12 and 16 weeks. The crown usually takes 2 weeks to be made.


Will I require a general anaesthetic?

No. The placement surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic similar to an extraction

How long will I take to heal?

The gum usually takes between 7 and 14 days to heal. You will be provided with a list of instructions and a course of antibiotics.

I smoke. Can I have dental implants?

Smoking greatly reduces the body’s ability to heal. It also affects implant integration. In non-smokers the national average for successful implant integration is over 97%. In smokers that is reduced to less than 80%. We strongly recommend that all our patients stop smoking, as it is detrimental to oral health and increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer. The practice policy is not to place implants in smokers, however if you can reduce to less than 5 cigarettes a day we will consider you for implant surgery.

How do I look after my dental implant?

You will need to maintain an excellent level of oral hygiene. You will be assisted in this by regular visits to the dental hygienist who will show you how to brush and floss your implant. You will also need to see one of our dentists at least once a year to have the implant checked, and x-rayed.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a whole denture. They remove the need to wear removable appliances, and also remove the need to use other teeth to support a false tooth. This means that your natural teeth are not compromised.

Can everyone have dental implants?

Sometimes implants are not possible due to lack of bone, and sometimes an alternative solution such as a fixed bridge is a better option. Once a tooth has been extracted, the bone that used to support that tooth remodels, and that usually involves a loss of bone. The longer a tooth (or teeth) has been missing, the less likely that an implant will be possible.

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