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Dental Implant FAQs

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We understand that getting dental implants is a big deal! So, this page is designed to guide you through the process and answer any question you might have concerning the procedure or treatment.

Your Implant Questions Answered

We’ve sat down with our top implant dentist and clinic founder, Dr Pedro Gutierres, to answer your burning questions accurately. If we have missed any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Because if there’s one thing we want, you feel comfortable, confident and 100% sure about the dental implant procedure.

The cost of implants can vary from dentist to dentist. A final price is often quoted after a final consultation, and any required pre-implant procedures are identified.

However, to give you a rough indication, here at Maida Smiles, we charge £2,500 per implant, which includes the crown, abutment (post), the implant and our time.

The screw of the implant will last forever and will not need to be replaced throughout your lifetime. The crown, however, can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, depending on how you care for it and any general wear and tear (as you would see with your existing tooth, but the crown will be much stronger).

When opting for porcelain crowns, you are opting for the longer-lasting crowns, which are more resilient. However, this does come at a cost.

Not everyone will be suitable for the implant treatment, the most common reason being inadequate bone in the jaw. However, this can be easily rectified with procedures like sinus lifts and bone grafts.

On top of bone loss, smoking can also prevent you from having implants, as it can increase the likelihood of your implant failing.

Not at all. Following a healthy healing period after surgery, you should forget that you even have an implant in your mouth at all.

Dental implants are designed to be inconspicuous and act exactly like natural teeth.

If healthy jawbone is present, we can place an implant on the same day as a tooth extraction.

However, please note that there may be some situations where our dentists will recommend that you wait three to six months to allow the tooth extraction site to heal properly before placing an implant.

Discomfort from a tooth implant feels somewhat similar to having a tooth pulled.

The pain usually subsides within 3-5 days, and by the end of your first week post-surgery, you will be on your way to no discomfort at all.

As dentists, we would certainly agree that dental implants are worth it.

In our professional opinion, they are the closest replacement to natural teeth you will receive in this lifetime.
While they may come at a cost, they are worth every expense when keeping your facial and oral infrastructure intact.

Implants provide a reliable foundation for permanent teeth and removable hybrid dentures.

Typically, some insurance policies do not cover the cost of dental implants, however, it might be worth looking into cosmetic dental procedure coverage, which can cover a portion of the cost.

While dentures are undoubtedly the cheapest option, they are not the most aesthetically pleasing or comfortable.

Often, they are the most affordable because they take the least time to create without needing to involve experts.

But if you’re looking to make your treatment more affordable, we can combine implants with dentures.

Never! Dental implants using crowns as a final restoration will be resilient from cavities, but may be susceptible to chips and breaks.

Tooth implants do not require any special maintenance – the only care they need is the same care you would give to your regular teeth; brushing, flossing and visiting the dental hygienist.  

Dental implants will allow you to eat what you want and speak freely once more. They do not require special care – they will act just like normal teeth but tougher.

But with that being said, you can chip your crowns, so don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do. 

The healing period (osseointegration) often takes up to three months – as this is the optimal amount of time for the bone to fuse to the implant. However, this can be longer for some patients.

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