Who are they suitable for?

Most adults can be fitted with dental implants for one or more teeth, according to the Association of Dental Implantology. More advanced treatments, sometimes referred to as same-day implants or Teeth in a Day mean that implants can now be an option for people with extreme bone loss or gum disease.

What does the procedure involve and how long does it take?
Traditional implant treatments often take several months or more as they require multiple procedures, such as the extraction of any diseased teeth, bone grafting and then the placement of the dental implants, with healing time required after each stage. Removable dentures usually have to be worn after surgery while the implant fuses with the jawbone, after which the new teeth can be attached.

How long do they last?
Dental implants are designed last a lifetime if they are correctly placed, high-quality materials are used and you care for them properly. Long-term success rates depend upon maintaining a good oral hygiene programme at home and going for regular dental check-ups – just as with natural teeth.
It is also advisable to quit smoking.

Will having dental implants placed hurt?
Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience. Depending on the extent of the treatment, most people have a local anaesthetic and some may also opt for sedation, which doesn’t have the risks and side-effects associated with a general anaesthetic. Sedation aids relaxation and makes the procedure feel as if it’s over in minutes. Post-surgery, over-the-counter painkillers are often all that’s required to remain comfortable.
As with any dental surgical procedure, a degree of swelling and bruising is normal after surgery. Some patients take a bit of time to get used to the feeling of having new teeth in their mouth and may occasionally bite their cheeks, lips or tongue when chewing for a period after treatment. It is important to avoid drinking alcohol and using tobacco products as they can delay healing, cause post-operative pain and have a negative effect on the success of the overall treatment.