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Dental Implant Guide: FAQs

Our team of dental experts at Calm and Gentle Dental are committed to the satisfaction, safety and comfort of each and every patient from the start to the end of their treatment.

We know how important it is for patients to be fully informed and comfortable before they undergo any restorative oral treatment.

That is why we offer free consultations, where our dental consultants will discuss your preferences, surgery and needs, so we can move forward together throughout your treatment.

Call us today to book a free consultation.

We have collected the most common frequently asked questions about implants so that you can feel more informed when approaching your treatment.

Can a bridge be attached to an implant?

Implant-supported bridges, as the name suggests, uses an implant to remain in place.

Where it is not possible to place one implant per missing tooth, an implant-supported bridge is an effective option.

One implant is fixed and supports a bridge or dentures.

Read more about All-on-Four.

Can I eat normally after dental implants?

You will be able to eat around an hour after surgery, but, for the first 24 hours after your implant procedure, you will need to stick to soft and warm food.

Avoid food and drinks that are too hot.

Maintain a soft food diet for the first week following your implant surgery.

Foods such as pasta, spinach, fish, soft fruits will nurture good recovery as well as not too chewy for your newly placed implants.

For 6 months, you will need to avoid any really hard, chewy or crunchy foods such as sweets, nuts, crackling or raw vegetables.

This is advised in order to let the implant osseointegrate with the bone in your jaw.

After 6 months, you can eat normally again.

Do dental implants get plaque?

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Even though implants are not real teeth and will not decay, they can still develop plaque.

A build-up of plaque, if not cleaned and removed, can cause irritation and swelling to the surrounding gum tissue.

Regular oral hygiene is vital to keeping your implants, gums and mouth healthy.

Tips for cleaning your implants:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss regularly

Does health insurance cover dental implants?

Whether or not your treatment will be covered in your medical insurance policy will depend on your individual insurance provider.

Cosmetic dentistry, however, is not usually covered by medical or dental insurance.

We offer many payment options and packages. See our fees here.

Does the body reject dental implants?

Dental implants are a very effective way of restoring your smile, and the latest technology is used to craft them and make them as suitable for long-term placement as possible.

However, there is a possibility that your body might not accept the implant if you are allergic to titanium, or any other material used in the implant.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call our emergency helpline today:

  • Urticaria (red marks and bumps on the skin, or gums)
  • Eczema on the gum tissue
  • Redness around the implant
  • Swelling or pain in the implant
  • Bone loss

How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

Most patients have their stitches taken out around 2 weeks after surgery.

The healing process takes a little longer, however – osseointegration takes anywhere between 2 and 6 months.

After this, you will be able to chew and eat on the implant without any problems or dietary restrictions.

See our implants page for more information.

How painful is it to get dental implants?

The procedure itself is not painful, as you will be placed under a local anaesthetic which numbs the mouth.

It is important to notify the dentist if you feel any pain at all during the procedure.

You may feel pressure during the surgery, but this should not hurt. I

f you are concerned, we will discuss your best options to move forward.

Are you a nervous patient?

After the surgery, you may feel dull pain or discomfort at the implant site, which you can ease with regular over-the-counter medication.

Any pain will completely subside in 14 days.

Is a bridge better than an implant?

Whether or not a bridge is better than an implant will depend on your individual oral condition.

Implants are a fantastic long-term solution for those with healthy mouths.

Bridges may be a better option for those:

  • Suffering from diabetes
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Taking specific medication

Call us today in order to discuss your options, or book a free consultation.

Is it possible to remove dental implants?

The only case an implant will be removed is if it has failed.

An implant can fail due to infection, or too much movement happening during the healing process.

Removing an implant will depend on whether the implant has failed early or late.

Early failure removal procedure: Similar to the placement procedure, whereby your dentist will remove the crown and rod.

Late failure removal procedure: For an implant that has already osseointegrated, the procedure is more invasive, and you may have to be sedated.

The implant, along with a small amount of bone, will have to be cut out.

What are the negative effects of dental implants?

Here are some disadvantages to dental implants:

  • The procedure requires a healing process of up to 6 months
  • Cosmetic dentistry is not covered on dental insurance
  • They require surgery
  • Risk of the body rejecting the implant

However, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Learn more about the benefits of implants.

What is the alternative to implants?

Here are some alternatives to traditional implants:

  • Conventional dental bridge
  • Partial Denture

Book a free consultation with us today to discuss the best options for you.

What is the downside of dental implants?

Dental implants are known for their success rates.

They are an effective and reliable long-term solution to missing teeth, with average success rates of 96%.

The failure rate is therefore very small. Learn more about our philosophy and values.

However, there is a minor chance that implants can fail.

Implants can fail due to smoking, bad oral hygiene, lack of bone, or poor bone quality.

Your smile is safe with us

We use the latest technology, materials and methods, so that whatever your oral condition and preferences, you can rest assured that your smile is safe with us.

See our smile gallery here.

If you want to restore your smile and boost your self-confidence, call us today on 01732 678 414 to discuss your restorative treatment options.

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