Frequently Asked Questions
This is, by far, the most frequently asked question. And naturally, we want everyone who chooses our practice to know exactly what they’re getting. You’ll be pleased to learn that the implant fixture isn’t half as complicated as it may initially seem. A dental implant is simply a small, silver component that is carefully placed where the missing tooth/teeth should be. It acts to support and secure the structure that lies on top of it, be that a denture, bridge, or crown. Each implant is carefully structured to the exact specifications of the patient’s jaw.
It’s important that every patient of Smile Dental Implants makes the right choice about whether the implant route is right for them. Each patient is different, and so are his or her reasons for visiting us. Often, recurring dental health problems, such as tooth pain or the inability to chew, can lead people to consider dental implants. After all, they’ll save time and money on future dental visits and painful procedures. Others have insecurities about their teeth, and seek a straighter smile, or gapless tooth structure – both things that dental implants provide. We also see a lot of patients who have been advised to consider a dental implant as a root canal alternative. Whatever brings you to our practice, our specialists will ensure that all options are comprehensively explored and explained to you before letting you make an ultimate decision about dental implants.
You may be required to attend our practice a number of times during the course of your treatment. We will always begin with a non-obligatory consultation, so that you may decide how you wish to proceed. If you choose to go along the dental implant route, the stages of treatment are usually as follows:
Stage 1 – Free, non-obligation discussion with a treatment coordinator.
Stage 2 – Thorough consultation, including an examination, with a dental specialist.
Stage 3 – Main dental implant procedure.
Stage 4 – Between twelve and fourteen weeks after the implant placement, we’ll invite you back to take impressions for fabrication of a porcelain crown. You’ll also be presented with a number of options for colour, shape, and size at this stage.
Stage 5 – Porcelain crown fitted to implant.
After that, it’s just a very simple maintenance stage, and voila! A hassle-free, attractive set of teeth that will keep their perfect structure for up to five years.
You’ll be pleased to know that the procedure is carried out using local anaesthetic, and isn’t very painful at all. As with most dental procedures, some mild post-treatment pain can occur for up to 72 hours. However, your standard over-the-counter painkiller should suppress any discomfort.
We are pleased to offer some of the lowest dental implant fees in the country, making it no longer an unaffordable form of dental treatment. Our specialist surgeon, Dr. Arrif Lalani, is proud to offer his widely renowned expert skills at a reasonable cost. He believes that value for money shouldn’t equal compromise on any other aspect of your service. You can read more about our fees, here.
A very long time! Twenty-five to thirty years, in fact, if cared for properly. We’re so confident in our ability to provide you with the best dental implants available, that we offer a guarantee to all our patients of five years – that’s up to four years longer than most practices!
Rarely. Some patients experience problems with their implants, such as:
- Inflammation after the healing period.
- Implant failure – where the implant simply hasn’t taken, and is wobbly or falls out. A loose, or unthreaded crown.
Less than five percent of implant patients nationwide experience post-treatment trouble. However, if you think there’s a problem, you should visit your dentist for a check up.
If your question hasn’t been answered here, give us a call, or drop us a line, and ask us what you’d like to know.