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Every case is different, but at Neoss we have plenty of experience in the field of dental implants. If you require any further information, contact your dentist or Implantologist.
I have a medical condition. Does it mean I can’t have dental implants?
It’s vital that you discuss your full medical history and any medical conditions with your dentist and Implantologist. A definitive decision on treatment can only be made based on these.
However, there are very few cases where a dental implant can’t be used. With appropriate planning, a solution can be found, even if you’re taking anticoagulants.
My child has lost a tooth through an accident. Can children have dental implants?
Children have deciduous (milk or baby) teeth. These are lost and replaced by permanent teeth between the ages of 6 and 14.
A temporary replacement may be recommended for a missing deciduous tooth to maintain the space for the permanent tooth to grow, but not an implant.
An implant can only be considered for the loss of a permanent tooth, and only once the child has stopped growing – typically after the age of 18.
Where can I get advice on dental treatment?
Your own general dentist may already have a referring Implantologist, who will advise you and answer any questions.
When should I have dental implants done?
This differs for every patient.
Implants can be placed at the time a tooth is taken out, maintaining the bone that surrounds it. Alternatively, your clinician may prefer to wait for a few months after the extraction.
If teeth have been missing for several years, the jawbone can shrink. In extreme cases this makes implant placement very difficult. A bone graft may be necessary.
Will dental implant treatment hurt?
Dental implant treatment is typically carried out under local anesthetic. The treatment is very similar to a minor surgical operation. There may be a small amount of discomfort or pressure, but the procedure should not be painful.
What happens if I switch dentists during dental treatment?
Ask the Surgeon/Implantologist that has carried out the treatment to provide notes and a list of components used before leaving their care. This ensures that your new clinician can continue to care for you properly.
Are there any cases where dental implants can’t be used?
There are relatively few cases where dental implants cannot be used. It’s generally a safe and successful procedure.
Patients with certain medical conditions may have a higher risk of unsuccessful treatment with dental implants.
Inadequate bone quality or quantity makes treatment more difficult, but not impossible. In such cases, bone grafting enables an implant to be used later.
It is vital that you discuss your medical history with your dentist and Implantologist before undergoing any procedure.
Where can I find a dental clinician who can treat me?
It is important to find a well-qualified clinician with experience in this field. When it comes to finding an accessible and appropriate provider, specialist associations and local groups offer the best advice. You can always ask your own general dentist for advice.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are considerable aesthetic benefits. But strength is another major plus with dental implants. The direct, rigid connection created between jawbone, implant and crown, makes this solution as strong as a natural tooth. It enables patients to eat apples, steak and other foods.
Dental implants are also proven to be long lasting – there are now cases of the current type of implant having been in place more than 40 years.
How long will dental implant surgery take?
For a single tooth implant, the entire implant procedure may take as little as 20 minutes. However, if several teeth need replacing or bone grafting is needed, this will lengthen the surgery.
How long will dental implant treatment take?
Implant treatment can take several months, as you need to allow the bone around the implant to heal. Shorter healing periods are possible, but there is a risk of the implant failing.