Dental implants are an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. They are attached directly into your jawbone and hold crowns or false teeth in place, very much like the natural roots that support your teeth.
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anaesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.
Terms and conditions
if an implant to integrate we will replace it at no cost, one time only. If an implant requires a repair procedure, it will be billed accordingly to the warranty fee schedule, one time only. An annual implant examination including x-rays or regular dental cleanings in our practice( when recommended) is an absolute requirement for this warranty to apply. This warranty does not apply to smokers or to persons who have, or who develop, an uncontrolled systematic health problem, such as, but not limited to Diabetes, auto immune disorders, severe osteoporosis, or any condition requiring long term steroid use. If smoking or a medical condition is suspected as the cause of implant failure or any other complication that requires treatment, a medical examination and appropriate blood test will be required for this warranty to apply