Implant FAQ's

What is a dental implant, what are the benefits, how long do they last and other questions answered.


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in position where the missing tooth used to be. Some months after placement, the implant is used as an anchor to support the replacement tooth.


If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to restore your ability to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence, then dental implants can help you.

Maybe your dentures don't fit as securely or comfortably as they once did. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Or you have loose teeth because of advanced gum disease, and need a rescue service.

If any of these situations keep you from feeling good about yourself, dental implants might be a solution for you.


They provide an alternative to a denture that wobbles, clicks or causes pain. There are various methods of using implants to secure or replace dentures. You can enjoy your favorite foods again, and you can smile and speak with confidence.

If back teeth are missing the usual answer is to wear a small removable denture. These can be awkward and many people find them difficult to manage.

An implant can enable your dentist to provide you with fixed teeth. This will make you feel as if you have your natural teeth back again!

A single tooth may be lost as a result of injury or disease. A tooth can be replaced by an implant with the†great advantage that the neighbouring teeth need not be involved.

The presence of an implant helps to keep a natural appearance. Bone surrounds a tooth to give it support. When a tooth is lost that bone is gradually lost too. The earlier an implant is placed, the more bone is saved to maintain a youthful appearance.

ARE IMPLANTS SAFE AND HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST? Implants are made from materials accepted by the tissues of the body. Present day implants, based on scientific evidence, have shown a very high success rate. Like natural teeth they will last as long as they are well looked after.


Only a minor operation is needed to place an implant. This is usually carried out with local anaesthetic. After the operation most patients report minor discomfort similar to that associated with simple tooth extraction. This is easily controlled by analgesics.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE? This will depend on the nature of the bone into which the implant is placed and on the design of the replacement teeth. Sometimes temporary teeth are needed to apply gentle pressure to the jawbone before the final teeth are fitted. Treatment in most cases can be completed in 6-9 months.

DO I HAVE TO GO WITHOUT TEETH DURING THIS TIME? No. You can use your existing replacement teeth as soon as they can be worn comfortably. These can serve (with some modification if necessary) until your new teeth are ready.

HOW DO I KNOW IF IMPLANTS ARE RIGHT FOR ME? If you are in good health, whatever your age, and you have enough bone to support an implant, you are probably suitable. You will need to see your dentist who will check your medical history and examine your mouth and jaw. X-rays and models will be needed. Your dentist can then advise you more fully about the suitability of implants.


The cost reflects the skill and training required for successful implants. Building new teeth on to implants is comparable to conventional crowns and bridges.

The expense must, however, be evaluated against the extra quality of life that implants can produce.

Since treatment depends on many variable factors in each individual case it is not possible to offer a ďscale of feesĒ. Your dentist will be able to advise on the cost in your particular case.

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Teeth Straightening

We can now†align adult front teeth more quickly than with traditional braces using one of two techniques:

Cfast and Invisalign. Both techniques are fast and discreet.


Uses almost invisible wires and brackets that are attached to the front of the teeth to align them. You will need to return to your dentist every month to have small adjustments made.

Treatment usually takes 6-9 months.

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Uses clear discreet aligning trays that are worn for at least 22 hours a day. You wear a succession of trays over the course of treatment which would guide your teeth to the desired position. You would need to see your dentist every two weeks to have your progress checked and have a new aligner tray fitted.

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