A dental implant is a titanium post which is fitted into a socket in the jaw bone. It functions as a substitute for the root section of an absent tooth and can support a crown, denture or bridge. Implants can be used to replace an individual missing tooth or a number of missing teeth. This is a treatment that is expected to last at least 15 years.

Are implants safe?

Thousands of implants have been fitted in countries all over the world and the success rate is very high. Implants have been studied and tested rigorously and they are a safe, effective treatment.

What if I still have some natural teeth?

Implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, from a single tooth to an entire arch.

Are implants suitable for everyone?

They are a versatile treatment that they can be used to treat most patients with missing teeth. In some cases, when bone tissue is lacking for supporting an implant, an alternative treatment may be recommended.

Are implants painful?

The procedure is done using local anaesthetic or sedation to prevent any discomfort. However, you may experience mild ache for a few days as the site heals. Your dentist will advise you about taking painkillers.

Will I have new teeth immediately?

The implants need time to integrate with the bone. This takes around 3 months for lower jaw implants and 6 months for upper jaw implants. You will wear temporary restorations during the healing time. If you have complete (full) dentures you can wear these during the integration period.

How long does treatment take?

It usually takes up to 12 months from the initial consultation to the finished result. However, treatment time may be much shorter if you are only having implants in the lower jaw. Your dentist will be able to advise you how long treatment will take.

Is it complicated to clean the teeth with implants?

It is no more difficult to clean implants than normal teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to give you advice about cleaning your new teeth.

Will I be able to remove the teeth?

In most cases, teeth that are connected to implants are only taken out by a dental practitioner. If you have a full denture you will be able to remove it for cleaning.

Will my implants be visible?

Your dentist will ensure that your implants are not visible when you smile, talk or open your mouth. However, you will be able to see your implants if you look closely. This is important as it enables you to clean around them properly.

Does each missing tooth require an implant?

If you are having an individual tooth replaced a single implant will be used. However, if you are having more than one tooth replaced it is not necessary to have an implant for each one. Usually, between 6 and 10 implants are used to support an entire arch of teeth.

What if the implant does not integrate with the bone?

This is uncommon but still possible. The implant can be taken out and re-fitted once the jaw has healed. If this fails your dentist may recommend making a dental bridge with the teeth that have successfully taken.

Are implants expensive?

Implants are expensive but this is a long-term investment. The cost may work out similar to less expensive treatments in the long run. This type of restorative treatments reduces bone loss, enhances function and provides excellent smile aesthetics.

Implant treatment at Ice Dental Spa

We offer the finest possible implants, so feel free to ask our team any questions about the treatment process, the pros and cons of implants and the cost of treatment. Before you have dental implants, your dentist will carry out X-rays and examine your mouth to check that you are a suitable candidate for treatment.


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