Dentists will always strive to keep your natural teeth. Unfortunately, there are times when teeth are lost, and this can impact your day-to-day wellbeing and confidence.
Teeth can be lost due to trauma, previous failed dental work or dental disease. Dental implants are a fantastic way to help restore your smile.
Here at The Edge Dental, we understand that dental implants can be a daunting and new concept. This is why, from your first consultation right through to your aftercare appointments, we have a dedicated team that will guide you through each stage swiftly with care and around the clock support.
We offer free, no obligation initial consultations for patients interested in dental implants and various finance options to help you achieve the smile you have dreamed of!
Below, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact one of our friendly staff members by phone or email.
Straumann is a leading dental implant company that has earned worldwide trust for over 60 years by remaining true to itself. We are convinced that few companies have as much to offer, so there are many reasons why opting for a Straumann implant is an excellent choice for your oral health.
A dental implant is a titanium screw placed in the jawbone. It acts as a replacement for the root portion of the lost natural tooth.
Once the implant is placed, a false tooth is attached to the implant in the form of a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants offer the closest replacement to a lost natural tooth by offering a stable base anchored into the jawbone. Therefore, dental implants are a great alternative to unstable dentures. Dental implants can be placed independent to the rest of your teeth and so you can preserve the health of the surrounding teeth. If you look after your implants, they can last for several years.
Just like your own teeth, dental implants need to be cared for and cleaned regularly. Therefore, we will teach you how to look after your dental implant and encourage regular dental and hygiene appointments after your dental implants have been placed.
Dental implants work best in a healthy mouth. Therefore, at your initial consultation we will assess whether you need any treatment to stabalise your oral health before a dental implant is placed.
Most people will be suitable for implants but we will initially consider your general health to ensure that dental implants are the safest treatment option for you.
The simple answer is no! You cannot be too old for dental implants. In fact, dental implants are a great way to solve the common problem of unstable dentures.
If a dental implant is looked after well, they can last for several years. We therefore encourage our patients to clean their dental implant by brushing and flossing it daily and having dental check-ups regularly.
The most important stage of a dental implant is the planning stage. This involves assessing your general health, a full dental exam, x-rays and pictures and then assessing your suitability for treatment. Any alternative treatment options will also be given to you at this stage.
Once we have decided to continue with the dental implant, the implant is placed in your jawbone in a single appointment in the dental surgery. In order for the implant to fuse to your jawbone, we need to allow time for the area to heal. This can take weeks to months.
Once the dentist feels the area is healed, an impression will be taken of the area and your new crown, bridge or denture will be made and fitted to the implant.
As with many dental procedures, this is the most common question asked. Most dental implants are placed in the dental surgery under local anaesthetic. After the local anaesthetic, which can sting for a few seconds, you are numb and will not feel any pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, most people have little discomfort which is easily controlled with painkillers. Some people, may also experience some swelling and bruising which subsides within a few days.
In order for a dental implant to work successfully it requires good healthy bone to attach to. Some people can lose healthy bone in the area due to dental disease, previous infection or simply not having a tooth there for several years. Bone grafting is a procedure, undertaken before the implant placement, to replace any lost healthy bone in the area and to strengthen the bone.
Every case is different and so the cost may vary depending on the extent of the treatment, number of implants and whether you have a crown, bridge or denture. Some people may also need a bone graft before the dental implant is placed. The costs of the treatment will be fully explained to you at the beginning and we will also send this to you in writing. There are no hidden costs.
Yes. We offer 0% interest finance options for our patients to help spread the cost of your treatment. Other finance options are available on request, head over to the finance page to use our online finance calculator.
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This patient lost his two of his lower molar teeth. Implants were placed on either side to replace the lost teeth as they were a long term option and did not damage any of his other teeth.