Frequently Asked Questions
The bone around a tooth begins to diminish as soon as that tooth is lost. The sooner an implant can be placed, the more chance there is to save the bone and achieve the optimum outcome for a patient.
Dental implants have an excellent success rate. However, just like natural teeth, they need to be cared for; it is important to always maintain a good standard of oral hygiene.
In most cases, implants are placed under a local anaesthetic. After this small operation, a patient is likely to experience minor discomfort which can generally be treated using over-the-counter painkillers. If you are a nervous patient, we can place you under sedation (also known as twilight sleep) during the treatment.
Each patient’s case is different with a unique set of considerations, therefore we are not able to set a standard fee and instead can only offer a guide price. Once you have come in for a consultation, we will tailor a plan specifically for your proposed treatment including a comprehensive quotation.
The cost of an implant is often not that dissimilar to the cost of crown and bridge restorations. The improved quality of life that an implant can provide should be factored in when examining costs; implants are a long-term investment in your health and happiness.
We only use the exceptional quality Nobel Biocare, Strauman and Southern Implants system. Price is per tooth and includes full implant and crown and depends on type of implant – cemented crown or screw retained crown.
- Read the relevant paperwork beforehand and do not hesitate to ask questions about any aspects of treatment that have not been made clear
- Sign and return the appropriate paperwork
- Attend for CT or other special investigations as requested
- Ensure pre-medication and sedatives are taken as prescribed, if you are unsure,contact your implant dentist to double check
- Eat a good meal before the procedure as you will be numb for several hours after
- Do not plan any major social events on the day after surgery
- Make sure you have Ibuprofen & Paracetamol tablets in stock for after the procedure
- Do not plan any activity that requires physical exertion for several days after surgery
- Refrain from smoking at least 10 days before surgery (and 2 weeks after)
- Alcohol consumption must be limited for a week after surgery
What to do after your operation
- Placement of dental implants usually does not create a great deal of pain
- General post-operative instructions apply, with the exception of rinsing
- Remember, only rinse after 24 hours with the warm salt water
- Use the mouthwash chlorhexidine (Corsodyl) after second day to assist in the healing and to keep the site healthy
- At the first sign of pain or discomfort, once the numbness has worn off, take 2 ibuprofen tablets (or paracetamol/co-codamol if ibuprofen cannot be taken) It is very important that you have some food in your stomach before you take them
- Moderate to severe pain usually does not last longer than 48 hours. And mild discomfort usually diminishes after the third day. Please contact us if you experience prolonged severe pain so that we can help make you more comfortable
- Take your regular medications unless advised to do otherwise
- Allow the tissue to rest undisturbed. Avoid vigorous chewing, spitting or rinsing for the first 24 hours post-surgery
- Expect minor bleeding or oozing. If bleeding persists, continue pressure on a fresh sponge for an additional 30 minutes to an hour. Please contact the surgery on the emergency number
- Avoid popcorn and small seeds such as poppy or sesame. These can get stuck and cause an infection