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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Please find below brief explanations to some of the questions we are often asked about dental implants:
What are Dental Implants?
The term "dental implant" refers to the titanium rod which is used to replace the root of a missing tooth and to provide a firm "anchor" for the placement of a dental crown. Implants are widely recognised as the best way to replace missing teeth.
How are Implants Done?
Following a consultation to assess your suitability, we will take x-rays and CT scans so that our implant dentist can see precisely where to place the implant. Using this information, the implant will be placed into the jawbone and then allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone in a natural process known as 'osseointegration' - this typically takes 3 - 4 months but sometimes up to 6 months.
As soon as the implant is firm, an 'abutment' or collar is fitted which forms a firm base for the placement of a dental crown. We will carefully check the final position and security of the implant after which you can start using the implant as you would a natural tooth.
Who is Suitable for Dental Implants?
The large majority of our patients are suitable for dental implants but with a few exceptions:
In all cases, our implant dentist will advise at your personalised consultation.
How Long do Implants Last?
Following a successful procedure, implants can be expected to last for anywhere between 15 years and 35 years. Individual lifestyles and the physiological make-up of the patient are the determining factors.
How Much Does it Cost?
Our implants at Tooting Bec typically start at £650 but each case is unique and you will be advised accordingly by our implant dentist following your consultation and assessment.
When Can I have my Implants Done?
As you might expect, the implant process requires a high degree of skill and the experience of our implant dentist and consequently cannot be rushed. You will be called for an initial consultation and if suitable, provided with a treatment plan and cost. After this you may be called for further x-rays and/or a CT scan and soon afterwards, to have the implant placed. Thereafter, you will need to wait for the implant to fuse with the bone (3 - 6 months typically) before the final crown can be placed.
The main difference to this sequence would be where a patient requires a bone graft or needs periodontal treatment to resolve any gum disease before the implant can be placed.
What are Dental Implant Crowns?
A crown is a custom made restoration to replace one missing tooth. An implant abutment is specifically designed to fit into the implant. The crown is then custom made to fit onto the dental implant abutment. This then allows the tooth to be replaced.
What are Dental Implant Bridges?
Whilst an implant-supported crown is used to replace a single tooth, an implant-supported bridge is used to replace multiple missing teeth. In other words, two or more missing teeth are replaced by two or more crowns fused together to form a bridge which are supported by one or more dental implants.
What is the “Teeth in a Day” or “All on Four” Concept?
These concepts are designed for patients who wish to have dental implants placed and have the bridges fixed in place on the same day as implant placement. They are quite tricky to place as the dental implants have to be placed in exact positions, which are very much dependent on the amount of available bone to place the dental implants. The bridges may be made from acrylic or porcelain. These techniques are not always possible, but your dentist will consider all options for you.
What are Dental Implant Supported Dentures?
Dental implants can also be used in a similar manner as with bridges, to stabilise dentures. This is for patients who have financial limitations and want an interim solution to make their dentures more retentive. A minimum of 2 dental implants can sometimes be used to gain more retention of a denture. This is an excellent and affordable way to prevent dentures from becoming loose and causing discomfort and possible embarrassment. It is obvious to state that the denture would be better retained with the placement of a greater number of dental implants. Your dentist will clinically discuss the best option for you to consider.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Table of Comparison of Overseas Implants
TOOTING BEC DENTAL
Flights (inc taxes)
£384 (£192 x 2)
£280 (£140 x2)
£0 at Home
£0 at Home
£0 at Home
Cost of Treatment
From £950 to £1950
From £950-£1950 over split monthly payments
This is assuming a 1 week stay at the end of June 2009
Excludes bone Augmentation and Sinus elevations cost abroad or in the UK.
CT Scan Treatment Table
CT scan referral
Our referral to obtain a CT scan
£100 per arch
This is for the CT scan on a hard copy CD for you to bring back to us
CT scan discussion
Free of charge in most cases
We will discuss our finding on the CT scan once you bring the disc back to us. We want to determine the 3D view of the bone
CT scan report
We will write to you regarding our CT scan discussion and a proposed treatment plan along with the cost
The actual placement of the implant into the ideal position
We will build up the bone wherever there is a lack of volume
The laboratory will supply us with a connector to allow the crown to be fitted to the implant
The laboratory will custom make a crown to fit onto the abutment to be fixed onto the implant
Interest free Practice payment plan
Monthly payments to the practice
We will allow you to make monthly payments as long as the fees are paid before each stage is commenced
£27.75 per month £333
£18.06 per month per £650
Interest free credit options may be available. Otherwise low interest rate is subject to dental finance approval for monthly payments.