Frequently Asked Questions

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have Implants?

 Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with Implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

Are Implants safe and how long will they last?

Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that Implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your Implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t look after your Implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your Implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical Implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.

Can Implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place Implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do Implants hurt?

Placing an Implant if often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
Sometimes your dentist might give you a sedation if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. General anaesthetics are rarely used for Implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.

Are the Implant teeth difficult to clean?

No. But aftercare is important if you are going to have a long-standing, successful Implant. Your dentist should give you detailed advice on how to look after your Implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the Implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you’ll be shown methods to help you. You may need to visit your Hygienist more often but your Dentist will be able to talk to you about this.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the Implants?

Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean and attend routine appointments with both your Dentist and Hygienist you should not have any problems. Smoking also affects the health of natural teeth and Implants, so if you smoke you may need to look after your Implants more carefully.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to Implants?

Most teeth attached to Implants can only be fitted and removed by the Dentist. However if you have removable dentures attached to the Implants, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.

Do the Implants show?

Most Implants look exactly like natural teeth.

Do I have an Implant for each missing tooth?

If you have a single tooth missing, you will need an Implant to support it. If you have a number of teeth missing, and these are next to each other, you could still have one Implant for each tooth. Or you may find that two or more Implants may be able to support mare than one tooth each. Your dentist will talk to you about the best option for you.

What if I have an accident?

Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. So it is important that you wear a professionally made mouthguard if you play sports that involve contact or moving objects. IF just the teeth are damaged, they can usually be removed from the Implant and replaced. However, if the titanium Implant itself is damaged beyond repair, it can be safely left in the jaw if it is too difficult to remove. Anther Implant may be fitted alongside it to replace the damaged one.

What happens if the Implant does not fuse with the bone?

This happens very rarely. If the Implant becomes loose during the healing period, or just after, it is easily removed and your jaw will heal in the normal way. Once your jaw has healed, another Implant can be placed there. Or the dentist can made a Bridge, fitting it to the Implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.

How much do Dental Implants cost?

The cost of a Single Implant at Cirencester Dental Practice is usually about £2370. This amount is split between the surgical placement of the Implant @ £1375 and the fitting of the final Crown on top @ £995. Following a Full Clinical Consultation, you will have a fully-costed treatment plan individual to your needs.
You may find it possible to get a cheaper quote elsewhere, but to help ensure that your Implants will last for many years to come and to ensure the highest possible success rates, we only use established, clinically-proven dental Implant brands such as Straumann and Ankylos.
In addition, we have cultivated the relationship with the dental laboratories we use to produce the best quality Denture, Crown and Bridgework to complement your Implants and ensure the end result is as aesthetically natural as possible.