Some frequently asked questions about dental implants in Maidstone & Chatham
Why Is Kent Smile Studio A Leading Practice For Dental Implants?
We have a highly experienced and dedicated dental implant team who have successfully performed a large number of dental implant procedures over the years. Our clinic prides itself on using the latest dental technology, which means we can provide the most efficient dental implant treatment available currently. We also continually keep up to date with the latest developments in dental care. We are confident patients choosing our clinic for dental implants will be delighted at the supreme level of customer service, dedicated staff, experienced professionals and relaxed, safe environment they experience when they visit us. Please take a look at our testimonials page to read just some examples of the happy customers who have visited us recently.
How Much Are Dental Implants?
We provide various discounts and payment plans relating to dental implants but cannot offer an accurate estimate for the cost without meeting you in person. We need to perform a detailed assessment to enable us to provide you with an accurate quote. This isn't a sales tactic, it is necessary because each and every patient is different in their dental implant requirements - it is not a case of one size fits all. We pride ourselves on providing personalised treatments which means providing personalised quotes for treatment as well. If you do want to come in for an initial consultation, please do give us a call as it is no obligation and we will be transparent about both the treatment and the costs involved during your appointment.
Is The Dental Implant Procedure Going To Hurt?
Having dental implants placed is an invasive procedure, so we cannot promise you won't experience some mild level of discomfort. However it is no more uncomfortable than other standard dental procedures, in fact it can be less uncomfortable because the jawbone does not contain many nerves. A local anaesthetic is used to completely numb the area. For particularly nervous patients IV sedation is available as an option.
How Strong Are Dental Implants?
Once the implants have successfully fused with the jawbone, they will be as strong or stronger than your natural teeth. So you will be able to enjoy the full use of your mouth with no issues, eating anything you normally would. After the treatment we do advise you eat a soft diet for a while, this is discussed with you in clinic and a full personalised aftercare plan is provided.
Will I Need To Specially Care For My Implants?
No, but although the implant won’t deteriorate, the gum and bone in the area can cause problems if not cared for. To this end, regular effective brushing and flossing will help to keep your dental implant healthy, as will having them checked on a regular basis at Kent Smile Studio.
Will I Require A Bone Graft?
This is completely individual to each patient, however, most patients do not require this procedure. We will need to perform X rays and scans during your initial consultation in order to determine whether or not you will need this procedure. If you do have an insufficient amount of bone in the implant area, you will need a bone graft. It is important to note that a bone graft procedure is extremely straightforward and is nothing to worry about, in fact it's a really good thing because it enables us to provide you with the opportunity to have dental implants where you wouldn't usually be able to have them.
Is It Possible For Dental Implants To Fail?
It is possible for dental implants to fail, however this is a rare occurrence and isn't likely if a patient is healthy. As long as you follow all advice provided to you by the dentist relating to exercise, smoking and drinking, your implants should be completely successful. Because of our advanced and modern approach to dentistry, we use x-rays, scans and expertise to ensure any potential complications can be anticipated and avoided. Any potential risk for complications will be discussed with you before the procedure.
I Lost My Teeth A Long Time Ago, Are Dental Implants Still An Option For Me?
Generally, dental implants should be viable even if you have had missing teeth for a long time. However, because of the length of time you have had teeth missing, it may be the case some of the jawbone has been reabsorbed which means you will need a bone graft before implants can be placed successfully. During your initial consultation we will take scans and x-rays to take a detailed look at your jawbone and the surrounding area. This will indicate whether or not you have a need for a bone graft and we will discuss this with you during the consultation. In very rare cases, it may be the case a dental implant is not a viable option. If this is the case we will discuss a wide variety of suitable alternatives for you to enable you to get your smile back.
I Am Missing A Full Arch Of Teeth, Would Replacing Them Take A Long Time?
When a full arch of teeth is missing we would generally avoid offering individual implants because they would be inefficient and uneconomical. For patients with a full arch of teeth missing we offer 'All on 4' which is where we place 4 implants which are used to hold a fixed bridge in place. This procedure is much less expensive and stressful than having single implants placed, and it can be done in just one day.
I Have A Badly Damaged Tooth - How Quickly Can I Replace It With An Implant?
Generally, most implants take up to three months to completely fuse with the jawbone, however, for patients in urgent need of a single dental implant we offer a service called 'tooth now'. This is an efficient tooth replacement service enabling you to come and get your tooth replaced on the same day it has fallen out or been damaged. However, as with all our implant procedures your suitability for tooth now can only be assessed with an initial assessment and consultation.
How Long Should An Implant Last?
There is no set time an implant will last for as it is very individual to the person and can be affected by a lot of different factors. Generally we expect dental implants to last at least 20 years as long as the patient has taken care of their implants with excellent oral hygiene habits and regular check-ups at our local practices.