How long have dental implants been available in the UK?
Although modern implantology began in Sweden in the late 60’s popularity really grew throughout the UK in the 1980’s. The team at Moira Dental Care have been placing implants since 2006.
Am I too old for implants?
No. Any person over 18 years old can have implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the dental implants. If there is not enough bone, extra bone can often be grafted.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Your new dental implant will look and feel like natural.
With dental implants you will have more confidence to smile and even be able to bite an apple!
Dental implants can replace a removable denture with fixed teeth.
Dental implants stop your gums and bone from shrinking which reduces the aging effect caused by losing teeth.
Will I be left without teeth during treatment?
We understand it can be embarrassing for patients to be without their teeth. During the treatment we will do all we can to help you smile confidently and that nobody will know you have a gap. If you do need to be without teeth to allow initial healing, this will be clearly explained to you before treatment commences.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
We work closely with our patients to ensure that they feel no discomfort during the placement of the dental implant. This through using an effective local anaesthetic. Post-operatively we supply painkillers to ensure that our patients remain comfortable. We also offer IV sedation if you want to know nothing about your treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
For routine cases treatment time is usually approximately ten weeks. More complex cases can take longer. For instance when there is sufficient bone, treatment time is shortened and when there is insufficient bone, treatment time can be increase. Your specific treatment schedule will be explained to you during your consultation.
Can dental implants preserve bone?
Yes, they can, and once dental implants have been placed the bone can even become stronger.
Would I need to do anything prior to treatment?
No, no fasting or anything is needed pre treatment. If you are having sedation we need you to attend 1 hour before your appointment and you will be unable to drive for 24 hours post treatment.
What if I am nervous about treatment?
Some of our patients prefer to have dental implants placed under sedation. A sedative can be careful administered to relax you during the treatment. Here at Moira Dental Care we offer RA (“laughing gas”), oral sedation and IV sedation.
How often will I need to have my Implants checked?
It is essential that you continue to see your own dentist and your hygienist for regular check-ups. Clinical studies have shown that a yearly review with your implantologist is best for the longevity of your implants. Some patients need more detailed maintenance; this will be explained prior the commencement of your treatment.
What problems that can arise?
Sometimes poor healing or inadequate cleaning and infection will mean an implant will fail.
Sometimes the implant won’t integrate with the bone and the body of the jaw bone doesn’t accept it.
We are happy to say that at Moira Implant Centre we experience a very low failure rate.