We Answer Your FAQs About Dental Implants in Bristol
As the leading implant specialist in Bristol, we’re no strangers to helping people achieve their dream smile with dental implants. We also understand that implants can seem daunting, so we’re always on hand to answer any questions you may have. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we get asked during consultations so you can have all the information you need before booking an appointment. Keep reading for our top FAQs about dental implants at our practice in Bristol!
1. “What Options Are Available to Me?”
Whether you’re interested in All-on-4, full arch implants, multiple implants or implant-secured dentures, we have a solution that fits your unique needs, lifestyle and budget. The best way to discover which option is perfect for you is by booking a consultation with our expert team so they can examine your smile. After an examination, they’ll guide you through your options and help you make the right decision. And if the cost of treatment is a concern, we also offer financing options to spread fees into manageable monthly instalments.
2. “How Long Does It Take To Get a Dental Implant?”
They say good things come to those who wait, which is certainly true when it comes to dental implants. While the process can take some time – usually between 4-6 months – the final results are well worth the wait. This is because of Osseointegration, a process where the implant fuses to your jawbone, creating a strong and stable foundation for your new smile. Once the healing process is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy the full benefits of your beautiful, healthy smile for years to come. And with proper care and maintenance, some implants can even last a lifetime!
3. “Is It Painful?”
Hearing “surgery” can be intimidating, but don’t let it scare you away from dental implant treatment. The process involves attaching a biocompatible post to your jawbone while you’re under a strong local anaesthetic. This means you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. And while you may experience some mild discomfort afterwards, you can usually manage this with over-the-counter pain medication. So, we’re happy to say dental implant treatment isn’t painful.
4. “Can Dental Implants Be Done Under Sedation or General Anaesthesia?”
We understand that some patients may feel anxious or nervous about dental implant surgery. That’s why we offer conscious sedation as an option for those who need it. Our Principal Dentist, Jonathan Cochrane, has received extra training at UCL (Eastman Dental Institute) to safely provide IV sedation for our nervous patients. With conscious sedation, you can rest easy, knowing you’ll be comfortable throughout the procedure.
5. “Can Dental Implants Be Placed the Same Day as Tooth Extraction?”
The answer is, it depends. For patients with healthy jawbone density who are considering All-on-4 implants, it may be possible to have the implants placed the same day as extraction. However, it’s often necessary to wait up to 10 weeks for the socket to fully heal before getting implants. The best way to determine your eligibility for immediate placement is to book a consultation with one of our experienced dentists in Bristol. We’ll evaluate your needs and recommend the best action for your unique situation.
6. “Are Dental Implants Safe?”
Absolutely! In fact, more than 10,000 implant placements are carried out each year in the UK alone. At TBDP, we’ve successfully placed over 5,000 implants, and no case is too complex for our skilled team. So you can feel confident booking in for treatment knowing you’re in experienced and capable hands.
7. “What Happens If a Dental Implant Fails?”
While dental implant failure is rare, it can happen. However, take comfort in knowing that dental implant treatment has a 95% success rate. If your implant fails, we can remove it under local anaesthesia. We’ll assess your smile, and if your jawbone is still intact, we can replace the implant with a new one. However, you may require a bone graft if there is significant bone loss. The best way to ensure your dental implant treatment is successful is to follow a healthy diet, maintain a solid dental hygiene routine and avoid smoking. By taking these steps, you’ll help ensure your smile remains healthy and beautiful for years to come.
8. “How Do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?”
Generally, suitable candidates will have healthy gums with no history of gum recession or disease. Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine and being a non-smoker are also important factors. Of course, the best way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We’ll thoroughly examine your mouth and discuss your options, helping you make an informed decision about your dental health.
9. “Are Dental Implants Noticeable?”
We take pride in using only the finest materials to craft our implants, ensuring they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. Our exquisite porcelain crowns and premium acrylic resin dentures are durable and expertly colour-matched to your existing teeth. With us, your new smile will look and feel like the real deal.
10. “How Do I Find a Qualified and Experienced Dental Implant Specialist in Bristol?”
Rather than simply taking a shot in the dark, we recommend browsing the Meet the Team section of a dental practices’ website to learn more about the qualifications and experience of their dentists. It’s important to find a specialist in Implantology who is also skilled in sedation to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
We pride ourselves on having a rising star in Implantology: Jonathan Cochrane, our Principal Dentist. Jonathan completed an MSc in Dental Implantology from the University of Bristol in 2017 at a record-breaking young age. And in 2018, he was the first British dentist to receive a certificate in Implant Dentistry from the prestigious German Board of Oral Implantology (DGZI). So, when you choose The Bristol Dental Practice for your implant treatment, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll receive world-class, pain-free treatment.
Book a consultation with Jonathan Cochrane and our skilled team at The Bristol Dental Practice today. We’ll take the time to assess your individual needs and craft a personalised treatment plan to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or require a full-mouth restoration, we have the expertise and technology to deliver exceptional results.
So what are you waiting for? Call our friendly reception team at 0117 911 6735 or book a consultation online. It’s that simple!