Are dental implants for me?
This is a question that we get asked an awful lot… and the answer is usually yes! Zoe has placed thousands of implants in her career and also helps to teach other dental professionals all about them.
Here are a few FAQs we get about implants……
Am I suitable for implant treatment?
After a full consultation with Zoe we can give you the best advice. Most patients we see are suitable but with some exceptions such as medical history, adequate bone support and good general oral health (which we can help you with prior to) things like smoking will affect the success of your implant but if you do smoke this is not an immediate no- we can discuss this further with you based on your tobacco use.
Why would I need an implant- I don’t mind the gap?
Implants can be used for many different reasons- filling a space is the most common but they can also be used to stabilise dentures amongst other things.
There is always an option to leave the space if this doesn’t concern you but other things to consider are;
Teeth adjacent to a space will have to work harder to compensate for the missing tooth which may cause them damage over time, they will also gradually drift into the space which can cause issues with brushing and decay. Likewise teeth above a space will gradually over erupt and protrude down into the space below which can also cause problems.
If you do want to close the gap an implant is the least invasive treatment to other teeth and usually the best long term and most cost effective solution!
Do they hurt?
In a word no! You will be fully numb throughout the whole procedure and may experience some slight tenderness afterwards but this is easily managed.
Are they expensive?
We will give you a full breakdown of costs prior to treatment and you can pay in instalments too. Implants, if looked after and maintained are considered a long term treatment and the cost should be viewed as such.
To find out more ask the team for a free consultation with our treatment coordinator Cindy!