15 Questions we often get asked about Dental Implants
We often get asked many of the following questions and the chances are that you’ve thought of a few yourself already, so why not take a look below:
- Apart from dental implants, what are the other solutions to replacing missing teeth?
- What are the benefits of dental implants compared to the other solutions?
- How much do dental implants cost?
- Do you need an implant for every single missing tooth?
- Does it hurt?
- Do I need general anaesthetic for the procedure?
- How long have you been placing dental implants for?
- Who places dental implants at Kenilworth Dental Practice & how many does he place each year?
- Do implants ever fail? What is your success rate?
- Why do implants fail?
- How do I look after my implant once the treatment is finished?
- Do you offer a guarantee period?
- I feel like I may be too old for this, is there an age limit?
- How long does it all take?
- Before people actually go for dental implants, what do they tell you?
1. Apart from dental implants, what are the other solutions to replacing missing teeth?
2. What are the benefits of dental implants compared to the other solutions to replacing missing teeth?
- Dental implants are a permanent, fixed option and are the closest thing to replacing missing teeth today. Unlike loose removable dentures, implants allow you to chew and eat comfortably and confidently.
- Unlike a dental bridge, with dental implants we do not need to involve your surrounding healthy teeth in any way
- When teeth are removed, the jaw bone usually shrinks quite rapidly as it has no remaining function afterwards. So, another benefit of dental implants is that they restrict jaw bone shrinkage, so help to preserve and protect the structure of your face in a way that other gap replacement solutions can’t (dentures & bridges).
3. How much do dental implants cost?
Our standard price for a single implant and an implant retained crown is normally £4,995.
However, as part of our 2023 Smile event, until Friday 1/12/23 our dental implant prices are currently reduced by at least 20% (£1,000) and start from £3,995 instead, for one complete implant and an implant retained crown.
Please click here for more details.
Since 2009, to avoid this life changing treatment being out of reach, we’ve been able to offer all our patients the option of affordable monthly payments, including 2 years interest free credit with a 50% deposit, which is extremely popular!
For example, in our sale, an implant and an implant retained crown would cost you only £83 per month, with 2 years interest free credit and a 50% deposit.
Finance is subject to status upon application.
For more detailed information about our sale prices and to see examples of Interest Free monthly payment options over 12, 18 and 24 months, please click here.
Your price will first depend on a detailed assessment, as this will enable us to arrive at an initial diagnosis.
You’ll also likely need a 3D CT scan to help us to develop your diagnosis more thoroughly and accurately.
We will always set out a final quote clearly on paper before you proceed.
Although dental implants may initially cost more than alternative options to replace gaps (such as a removable denture or a bridge), in the long term dental implants often work out to be the most cost effective.
This is because compared to the alternative options, you’re probably less likely to need a replacement in the future!
Finally, as mentioned, to help you to maximise your budget, we offer a choice of affordable monthly payment options, including interest FREE credit for up to 2 years (you pay NO interest).
For more detailed information about our current prices and to see examples of Interest Free monthly payment options over 12, 18 and 24 months, please click here.
Finance is subject to status upon application.
Please click here to read our (legal) Financial Disclosure Statement.
Our Implant Sale is on until Friday December 1st 2023.
After that date our 2024 prices will apply.
Have a Question?
To find out how dental implants can become a life-changing solution for you, please contact us or call
01926 512 747 (select option 1) and ask to speak with our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced patient co-ordinators, Sue or Lisa.
No Vagueness or Uncertainty on Price!
Whatever you choose, we promise that we’ll always ensure upfront that the total price you’ll pay in the end is made completely clear and simple to understand.
There will be NO surprises or ‘hidden extras’!
We’ll always set out a final quote clearly on paper before you proceed.
And whatever you choose, we promise that we’ll make your quote easy to understand, so you’ll always know exactly what your chosen final treatment plan includes (and doesn’t include) and you’ll also know exactly what to pay and when.
When you choose to replace your missing teeth with Dental Implants at the Award-Winning Kenilworth Dental Practice, we’ll always try to go the extra mile to ensure that you’re delighted with every aspect of your entire experience with us, and our feedback from patients consistently shows this too.
Click here to read reviews and comments from patients.
4. Do you need an implant for every single missing tooth?
- No, you don’t! (We often get asked this)
- If you have a gap of 2 teeth, for example, as long as the quality of bone is good and the strength of your bite is favourable, very often it is possible to place just a single implant which then supports an implant-retained bridge of 2 linked teeth, thus replacing the two missing teeth above the gum. So, we can often replace a gap of 2 teeth with a single implant and a bridge. Whether this is possible would depend on your clinical assessment, your diagnosis and on the outcome of any scans we require.
- Similarly, a gap of three teeth can often be replaced with just 2 implants (not 3). The 2 implants could support a bridge of three linked teeth.
- To replace a removable full denture, we can even re-create an entire jaw of fixed teeth using just 5 or 6 carefully placed dental implants within a single jaw. These implants could support a permanent fixed implant retained bridge of ten to twelve linked teeth, ultimately enabling you to replace a removable loose denture with a fixed set of permanent teeth! Might it be time to consider booking a table at your favourite steak restaurant?
- Alternatively, for a more modest budget, instead of an implant retained bridge for a whole jaw, we can replace a loose denture with an implant retained denture which is much more secure (but still removable). Here, we would carefully place 2 or 4 dental implants (instead of 5 or 6). Once the implants are integrated, we would make a new denture which is supported off the implants, providing you with a full set of teeth that is much more secure and at a more affordable price.
There are many options depending on your budget and affordability.
Call us on 01926 512747 (Select Option 1).
5. Does it hurt?
No! That’s official.
We always tell our patients that in the few days after any procedure, a very small degree of discomfort, soreness, tenderness or bruising is to be expected. However, we do audit and ask our patients this question frequently: according to a survey of our own patients conducted over the last 4 years, whenever we asked if they felt any pain during the procedure or for any significant period of time afterwards, 99.4% of our patients agreed that the procedure was ‘totally painless’ and that there were no problems experienced within the 2 weeks after their procedure. In fact over the past 4 years of our study sample, only 2 patients have ever said that they felt ‘very slight discomfort’, but they were otherwise comfortable.
So... no it doesn’t hurt! It may be difficult opening your mouth & eating in the treated area for up to 2 weeks after any procedure. We will recommend a soft sensible diet and following our detailed post-treatment instructions.
6. Do I need general anaesthetic for the procedure?
No! General Anaesthetic isn’t necessary. We always source the best ‘extra-strength’ local anaesthetic available to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. Our thorough and detailed process also ensures that, before treatment, there are lots of opportunities to educate you on how best to minimise the slightest chance of any discomfort.
7. How long have you been placing dental implants for?
Kenilworth Dental Practice is Creating a Centre of Excellence for Dental Implant Treatment. Overall, we’ve been placing dental implants since 2004.
8. Who places dental implants at Kenilworth Dental Practice and how many does he place each year?
Implant Dentistry is more complex and therefore beyond general ‘every day’ dentistry, so to meet your needs we firmly believe in a team approach.
You’ll see two experienced clinicians along your journey, as well as senior support staff.
He has over 20 years of experience in diagnosing and providing solutions to patients with multiple simultaneous and complex dental needs (e.g. involving various combinations of severe gum disease, worn teeth, missing teeth, regular cracked fillings and / or regular tooth infections etc.).
Once a proper diagnosis has been established and a treatment plan has been agreed jointly with Dr. Arjun Kachhala, you’ll then be referred to our gentle implant dentist Dr. Srinivas Arun for the implant placement procedure itself.
Our learned & experienced implant dentist, Dr. Arun is an exceptionally talented, skilled and gifted individual. In fact he’s a bit of an implant geek so you’ll be in excellent hands!
He’s been placing dental implants since 2015 and now places around 50 implants each year.
He’s very highly regarded by the rest of our team and was head hunted to finally become a valued member of our team in 2021!
Our patient feedback is always very positive and consistently shows that Dr. Arun is popular because of his reassuring, gentle, pain-free and refreshingly honest approach.
People often call and ask us for him by name due to personal recommendations!
Click here to read more about our Implant Dentist, Dr. Srinivas Arun.
9. Do implants ever fail? What is your success rate?
According to published research, and much like any other medical procedure (e.g. hip replacement) published research shows that dental implants can sometimes fail. It is not ever realistic to assume that all medical or dental treatments will always last ‘forever’.
Success rates in medicine are generally measured over a 5 year period.
Accordingly, we carefully audit all our success rates ongoing and for dental implants we measure ourselves against a general UK national average of approximately 85-90% success.
Although we’ve been placing implants for a long time, our success rate for dental implants over the past 5 complete years is greater than 99%!
In other words, less than 1% of our dental implants have failed over the last 5 years. We have good, steady, long term success with the overwhelming majority of our dental implants and we continue to moniter this ongoing.
10. Why do implants fail?
According to research, whenever failures occur, there may be more than one reason. It may also be many years before a failure becomes apparent.
This is why we take our time to thoroughly assess and diagnose everyone properly at the beginning-we want to maximise your chance of your implant lasting for a long time. Additionally, as we are very proud of our 99% success rates we want to ensure it remains that way! There are many possible reasons for failure:
- Smoking (including ex-smokers) is one of the main reasons for failure. According to research, the general success rate drops significantly in smokers to 70-75% or less.
- Poor oral hygiene and gum disease is probably ‘the’ main reason for failure of a dental implant. Poor daily plaque control causes gum disease (i.e. not brushing teeth thoroughly, or often enough or for long enough). Inadequate or irregular interdental tooth-brushing (not cleaning between teeth properly) also causes gum disease and weakens the gums. This can cause implants and teeth to become loose and ultimately to fail. Research also shows that implants eventually fail more often in people who have previously had gum disease, even if gum disease is currently ‘stable’.
Some research suggests that the following factors may also limit the long term success of dental implants, potentially ultimately causing them to fail:
- Poorly controlled or undiagnosed diabetes
- Excessive or frequent daily alcohol intake
- Excessive or frequent daily processed sugar or poor quality diet in general
Whilst we never give any certainties, to maximise the chances of long-term implant success, we recommend leading a healthy lifestyle, free of smoking, excessive alcohol or sugar, with a well-balanced nutritious diet and with excellent daily oral hygiene and excellent daily plaque control.
11. How do I look after my implant once the treatment is finished?
To maintain the health of the implant, you must avoid smoking and excessive alcohol. You must also practice excellent daily oral hygiene and plaque removal.
This means meticulous tooth brushing and also cleaning thoroughly every day between all your teeth. To support your gum health, you must also report for regular uninterrupted 4 monthly hygiene examinations (on average).
Poor daily plaque control causes Gum Disease; this weakens the gums. This ultimately will cause dental implants to become loose and to fail. This is all preventable!
12. Do you offer any guarantee period?
Yes! We’re Proud and Confident in what we do and we now offer a THREE year guarantee on all our dental implants from the day they’re placed!
We cannot offer any guarantees beyond 3 years because the biological reasons for failure could be due to any one of many multiple factors beyond our careful planning and thus totally out of our control.
In order to maintain this 3 year guarantee, it is essential to attend the practice for regular Hygiene appointments as recommended. Without following our strict advice on regular Hygiene attendance & without committing to proper thorough daily brushing and plaque removal at home, our 3 year guarantee becomes invalid.
13. I feel like I may be too old for this, is there an age limit?
It’s never too late.
Most of our patients are in their 60’s and 70s.
The general overall age range of patients that we’ve seen range from those in their 20’s who may have lost a tooth at the front of the mouth through trauma, all the way up to patients that are well into their mid-80s. Our oldest ever patient was 93 and our youngest ever was 18.
There isn’t any age restriction.
Your decision just depends on how much of a difference you personally feel that it would make to you to have a secure set of teeth which will enable you to properly chew or bite into food once again or to smile confidently.
How much of a difference would it make to you to get rid of loose dentures or to be able to eat the range of foods that you’ve perhaps been craving for a long time?
14. How long does it all take?
On average, a dental implant takes 4-5 months to fully integrate into the bone before the tooth/teeth on top (implant retained crown/s or bridge/s) can be manufactured and fitted.
From your first enquiry through our patient coordinator to having teeth finally fitted, it takes on average 5-6 months (if you include time for assessment, diagnosis, scans and laboratory manufacturing time).
If you need to have a tooth removed first, you should also know that around 8-12 weeks healing time is ideal before a dental implant can be placed (it is rare to be able to place a dental implant immediately after a tooth is removed).
If a dental implant is placed too soon into a site where a natural tooth was recently removed, there is a greater chance of failure. Similarly, scientific data also shows that not waiting for a dental implant to fully integrate (4-5 months) and rushing to manufacture an implant retained crown or bridge will also lead to implant failure/s.
So, whilst the timescales may seem unappealing, instead of rushing we stick closely to published scientific research to govern our processes and this also helps us maintain a high success rate.
15. Before people actually go for dental implants, what do they tell you?
Below is a short summary of all the main reasons that people have ever told us they wanted to go for dental implants:
The main reason seems to be for ‘chewability’!
Our feedback shows quite clearly that having to restrict daily food and not being able to enjoy a full menu choice (as compared to the ‘’past’’) is the main factor for many of our patients.
Many also often tell us they’ve worn removable partial or full dentures for many years.
Our new patients often grumble of gradually becoming very fed up of their dentures becoming loose and of having to think about where they place their food in their mouth in case their denture comes out!
Those that don’t have dentures complain of having to restrict what they can eat altogether, often avoiding hard or chewy foods such as meat, nuts, fruit and vegetables.
Not being able to chew or bite properly, having to restrict food choices or suffering with poor fitting loose dentures can affect general nutrition, quality of life, self-confidence and in the past had apparently even prevented some of our patients from wanting to eat out during social occasions!