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Implant Dentist Answers Most Common Questions Are you considering dental implants but have a few questions, concerns or worries?

Researching the big wide web can often result in various answers to very simple questions, so as your local implant experts, we thought we would list the most common questions our patients ask us before they receive implants.

Dr Neera Maini, Practice Owner and Restorative Dentist has medically reviewed the below implant questions and answers to ensure you receive the most up to date information.

Don’t see your question on the list? Just call the practice and ask – we’ll be here. Call 0208 819 1548.

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Researching the big wide web can often result in various answers to very simple questions, so as your local implant experts, we thought we would list the most common questions our patients ask us before they receive implants.

Dr Neera Maini, Practice Owner and Restorative Dentist has medically reviewed the below implant questions and answers to ensure you receive the most up to date information.

Don’t see your question on the list? Just call the practice and ask – we’ll be here. Call 0208 819 1548.

How much does an implant cost for one tooth? The average cost of a single tooth implant can vary – patients should expect the price to be from £2,000 with many of our patients paying on average £52 a month. A price will be given to you following a consultation to determine whether any other pre-implant procedures might be necessary.
How long do tooth implants last? The implant screw itself will last a lifetime. The crown, however, may last anywhere from 15-25 years before it might need a replacement due to wear and tear. Porcelain crowns, which are more expensive tend to be more resilient and longer lasting.
How long does a dental implant procedure take? The surgery itself typically takes around 1-2 hours for each implant to be placed.
Who is not a good candidate for dental implants? Not everyone is a viable candidate for implants – the most common reason being to do with the bone. Patients with missing teeth tend to experience a lack of jawbone density, which keeps deteriorating over time – and it’s this bone loss that can prevent you from having implants. Smokers are also usually advised to give up smoking if they want implants.
Do teeth implants hurt? Patients can expect to feel sore after placement when the anaesthesia wears off. However, as this begins to heal patients will not experience any pain or discomfort regarding their implant, which will act as a natural tooth root.
How soon after extraction can I have an implant? If there is healthy jawbone present, it is possible to place an implant the same day the tooth had been extracted. However, there are situations where the dentist might recommend waiting 3-6 months after a tooth extraction to allow the site to heal.
How long does pain last after tooth implant? Pain from an implant usually subsides in most cases within 3-5 days. By the end of the first week post-surgery, you will feel little, if any discomfort or pain.
Are tooth implants worth it? It’s in our professional opinion that dental implants are not only worth the time, but the expense if you have a gap in your mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for permanent as well as removable teeth.
Does insurance cover tooth implants? Basic insurance policies do not typically cover the cost of dental implants, however, it’s worth looking into cosmetic dental procedure coverage, which will cover the cost of a portion of the procedure. Insurance coverage in these cases is often 50% of the cost.
What is the cheapest way to replace a missing tooth? Dentures are undoubtedly the cheapest aesthetic tooth replacement, however, that does not mean they are the best or recommended solution in modern dentistry today. They are the cheapest because they take the least amount of time to create – there are no experts involved, no dental crowns to place and no surgery.
Do dental implants get cavities? No, dental implants do not get cavities, that is because they are not actually real teeth – they are made from titanium.
Can front teeth be implanted? Absolutely. Dental implants are widely considered to be the number one solution to replace missing front teeth.
How do you clean teeth after implants? Implants require no special maintenance, you need to care for them just like you would with normal teeth; by brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental check-ups.
What can you not do after an implant? Our implant surgeons advise that you avoid any strenuous activities the first few days following surgery. Plus, we highly advise to quit smoking, or to eliminate for a minimum of two weeks.
How long does it take for implants to heal? It is completely normal for patients to return to work the day after the implant procedure, and even in other cases, the same day. Over-the-counter medications are perfectly adequate to alleviate any discomfort.

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To book a consultation with us to see if implants are a possibility for you, call 0208 819 1548.

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