Dental Implant FAQs

Am I suitable for dental implants?

Dental Implants are suitable for people of all ages providing you have good oral hygiene and minimal bone in your jaw. If you are able to undergo a routine dental procedure such as a bridge, fillings and extractions then you will be able to have dental implant treatment.

Am I too old to have dental implants?

There is no upper age limit on dental implant treatment providing you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental procedures and you have sufficient bone in your jaw, though this is not always a problem as there is there is no reason why you couldn’t have dental implants.

Are dental implants considered cosmetic?

Cosmetic dentistry is a term used for any dental work that will improve the appearance of teeth and gums. Dental Implants are considered both conventional and cosmetic depending on the circumstances of the work. Dental Implants are available on the NHS providing there is a valid medical reason, otherwise, the procedure would be classified as cosmetic.

Are dental implants medically necessary?

There are a number of medical conditions that would deem dental implants medically necessary including disuse atrophy and alveolar, however, in some cases, dental implants are purely for aesthetic and cosmetic results.
Are dental implants permanent? Made from titanium, dental implants are surgically positioned to the jawbone and providing you take care of them they are a permanent solution to missing teeth replacing both the crowns and roots of the teeth.

Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants are suitable for almost anyone, if you are missing one or more teeth then dental implants are the perfect solution for you. Dental Implants are perfect for people who no longer want to wear dentures or use a temporary solution.

Are dental implants safe for diabetics?

Diabetics are not automatically ruled out of dental implant treatment, however, there is an increased risk of implant failure. It is possible to undergo surgery if you have controlled diabetes, however, those with uncontrolled diabetes may not be suitable for implants. Contact your dentist to discuss your individual needs.

Are dental implants safe for an MRI?

It is always best to check before having your MRI, however, dental implants are made from a non-magnetic alloy, usually titanium, which means they are safe for an MRI machine.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental Implants are proven to be a safe way to replace missing teeth by providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth using titanium, which is a biocompatible material which the body will readily accept. Dental Implant surgery is also one of the safest and most predictable procedures done in the dentistry practice. For peace of mind, always make sure you visit an accredited dental practice.

Can a dental implant be inserted beside my natural teeth?

Providing there is enough space between the natural teeth to allow for the implant and crown or bridge, dental implants can be placed beside natural teeth.

Can any dentist provide dental implant treatment?

A dental practitioner who has qualified in the UK is not permitted to carry out dental implant procedures without further training. A dentist qualified in implant dentistry will usually hold a Dip in Dent RCSEd of FGDP(UK).

Can I have a tooth extracted and have a dental implant at the same time?

This depends on whether there has been an infection around the tooth which is to be extracted, but generally best results are seen when there has been a healing period or around 6 to 8 weeks. Once your dentist is satisfied that the bone and soft tissues around the extraction site has healed sufficiently, then they will start the dental implant process.

Can I have dental implants if I smoke?

Smoking is bad for oral health in general and will always be discouraged by your dentist, however, it can cause further problems with dental implants. Smokers are more likely to heal at a much slower rate and are at a greater risk of infection. There is also research into the failure rate of dental implants in smokers which shows this to be much higher than with implant of non-smokers. Some implant dentists may not guarantee your dental work if you are a smoker.