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Implant FAQ - Implantology Explained

What are implants? Implants are precision manufactured threaded posts that are placed into the jawbone and which integrate into the tissue to for an incredibly secure base for crowns, bridges and fixed dentures. Implants are produced from titanium or titanium alloy, the material least likely to be rejected by the body's natural immune response system. They are a replacement for the root of a tooth that has been lost

Can anyone have implants & do they hurt? With modern techniques even patients with reduced bone density and low sinus cavities can now have implants. We offer bone reconstruction and sinus lifts to patients with these issues, and our Guided Surgery techniques and CT scans can even eliminate the need for this complex surgery, by giving us the opportunity to place implants in the optimum position, avoiding sinus cavities and nerve canals. Most patients have commented that even the day after insertion they didn't even notice that the implant was there. There should be no more discomfort that having an extraction, and we supply patients with medication in case they do feel any discomfort afterwards. Aesthetic appearance is taken care of with temporary prostheses.

Are they safe, and how long will they last? They are perfectly safe. Implants usually last for up to 15 years with proper maintenance. By comparison bridges on original teeth will usually only last for 8 years. With good oral hygiene, as with your natural teeth, implants will last even longer. Regular hygienist appointments are recommended for implant longevity.

Are the implanted teeth difficult to clean? Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. You need to care for implanted teeth as you would for natural teeth. You should keep them clean, and as with natural teeth smoking doesn't help.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants? Artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by a dentist. However, fixed dentures can be removed by a patient for cleaning.

Dental Implant Problems. A small percentage of implants are rejected by the body`s immune system. The average implant rejection rate worldwide is 4%. The implant rejection percentage at our clinic is less than 0.3%. In the case that a patient`s body rejects an implant there are clinical remedies that can be used to overcome an implant rejection, and the technology continues to improve.

How long does the treatment take to complete? Implant procedures usually require 2 or 3 visits and up to a maximum of 4 visits. The first appointment would be the consultation, which would take around 45 minutes and include a CT scan to determine your suitability for Implants. Often implant placement can be done on the consultation visit, thus reducing the number of visits required. If some preparatory work is needed on the consultation visit; providing no other procedures are required; the second appointment would be to place the implant(s), this would take around 1 to 2 hours, there would then be a period of 3 to 6 months to allow the implant(s) to heal and fully integrate into the bone tissue. The next appointment would be to have the abutment(s) fitted and the impressions taken for permanent crowns or bridges to be made in a laboratory. The overall treatment time should not exceed 8 months.

Can I have a tooth extracted and have an implant at the same time? Yes, if the bone depth and density is sufficient an implant can be placed immediately following an extraction, but it should not be loaded (used as a normal tooth) until bone integration has taken place. A CT scan will allow the implantologist to assess this in advance, and a special prosthesis can be made or an existing denture can be modified.

Are there occasions when this is not possible? Yes, implants sometimes can't be placed immediately after an extraction and a time is required for the gums and bone to grow back and fill the space left after the extraction. This takes at least 3 to 4 months in the lower jaw and 6 to 8 months in the upper jaw, which is less dense. A temporary prosthesis will be made for use in the meantime. If you already wear dentures, these can be modified or adjusted so that you can wear them throughout the bone integration period. A CT scan will reveal which method is best.

Will I need an implant for each missing tooth? No, unless you're only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth.

Why do I need a consultation, and what does it involve? The initial consultation determines whether you are a suitable candidate for implants. Some patients are not suitable due to reduced bone depth, width and density, or that the sinus cavity is too low. The implantologist will then discuss with you all the available treatment options and this will be followed by a written treatment plan, with all the charges explained. You can then make a decision as to which option suits you best and falls within your budget. Consultation fees are refundable if the patient proceeds with the treatment.

Can I choose whether or not to go ahead with the treatment? Yes, all our consultations are to give patients complete information and a professional opinion of the treatment required. The treatment you receive is entirely your choice and once the consultation is completed you will be sent a treatment plan with all the costs included, you can then make the decision of whether to proceed or not.

Is a CT scan required before I can have implants? A CT scan is the perfect diagnostic system to determine a patient's suitability for implants, and gives a 3D computed tomography (CT) image of the lower part of the skull. From this image we can detect the exact bone depth, width, density and condition, and the exact position of the sinus cavity and nerve canal. The risk to the patient is virtually eliminated. Sinus Lifts costing as much as 20000INR each and Bone Restoration, can often be avoided with the information obtained from a CT scan. . Precise pre-planning means reduced risk, less cost and fewer visits.

What is the most accurate and safest method? The best method is to have a CT scan, which gives a 3D image for more precise forward planning and for making an accurate surgical guide. The risk of drilling too deep or not at the precise angle is eliminated. The depth, thickness and density of the jaw bone can be measured accurately with a CT scanner, and can show whether bone grafting is needed.

What are the advantages of having a CT scan? The accuracy of a CT scan is the main advantage and allows an implant surgeon to pre-plan and have a surgical guide made in advance for precise depth and angle of drilling to be achieved. Time can be saved and the number of visits can be reduced.

Can implants be placed without a CT scan? A panoramic x-ray can't measure bone depth with the same degree of accuracy as a CT scanner, nor can it measure bone thickness or density. A CT scan eliminates any guesswork, thereby reducing the risk to the patient.

As I am travelling from quite far, so is there anyway I can avoid travelling for an initial consultation?
In some cases yes - if you can send us a panoramic x-ray that you have had taken, we can often determine how to proceed without the initial consultation. We may be able to assess if the patient is suitable for implants, and whether or not a CT scan is required; to assess if bone restoration is needed, and/or is sinus lifts or a surgical drilling guide is required.

How experienced our Implantology Team? Our team currently places over a twenty implants every month with the number increasing steadily, due to the fact that our reputation is spreading far and wide. Patients can be assured that they will receive the optimum standard of dental treatment that is available at all times, and with over 1000 successful implant placement to date, the team is very experienced. Only a few clinics in the india and punjab have the same standard of technologically advanced equipment at their disposal. Our aim is to provide the very best in patient care, and we strive to achieve clinical excellence during each and every procedure. You can be assured that you will be in safe hands.

Why are our charges so much lower than most other dental clinics? Perhaps the question should be, "Why are most of the other clinics so expensive?" Many dentists, even those who claim to have a lot of experience in implants, may only place a few implants per month, and so the cost of buying their materials will be more. We currently place over 20 implants every month, so we are able to bulk buy our materials at substantially lower prices, and we can source these from the most competitive suppliers.

What are the usual prices? The average cost of an implant, abutment and crown in the UK is £2,500 - Some charge up to £3,000 or even more. but in india you can get for just 25000 INR and that works out just 333 pounds only.


What is guided surgery? This is a process whereby following a Diagnostic CT Scan to assess a Patient's Oral Condition a Radiological Template is produced, and another scan is then taken with the Radiological Template in place. The digital data obtained is then sent to a specialist laboratory and a Surgical Drilling Guide is produced. This allows for pinpoint accuracy when placing Implants, especially multiple implants and implants for multiple bridgework or retained dentures. Patients can be reassured that any possible risk is virtually eliminated.

Why would I need guided surgery? If single implants are required you probably won't require guided surgery. If you require multiple implants or implants for multiple bridges or implant retained dentures it is generally preferred. CT scans can reveal bone loss, proximity to nerve canals and low sinus cavities, in far more detail that a panoramic x-ray. Surgical Drilling Guides ensure that implants are placed to avoid any problem areas. Without a CT scan an accurate assessment cannot be made, and at times by using the results of a Panoramic X-Ray alone, expensive bone restoration and sinus lifts are often performed unnecessarily. With a CT scan, patients who might not have been able to have implants, due to inaccurate diagnosis, will be able to.

Is guided surgery expensive? Not when compared to the potential cost of bone restoration or sinus lifts. It could mean the difference between an implant being rejected by a bad insertion, or it lasting over 15 years. Spread over several implants, it is very cost and time effective, and as mentioned before is a much a safer method. CT scanning can in many cases eliminate the need to use a surgical guide.