Dental implant FAQs

Implants are fitted under local anaesthetic which numbs the mouth, so you won’t feel your implant being placed.

As with any surgical procedure, there’s always going to be mild discomfort once the anaesthetic has worn off. You’ll likely have some pain, bruising and swelling which could last around a week. This is normal and you’ll be able to go to work the day after the procedure. Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen should be enough to manage the discomfort. If you experience severe pain, get in touch with your practice for further advice.

If you’re very anxious about the procedure, let your dentist know and they may be able to offer dental sedation to help ease your anxiety.

The average price of an implant in the UK is £2,415*. The price of your implant will vary depending on your individual needs, including whether you want single or multiple implants, whether you need any supporting treatments  or if you want a more complex restoration such as smile in a day treatment.

We take pride in being transparent about our pricing. Your dentist will take you through a full breakdown of treatment costs before you sign your treatment plan.

To get an exact cost for treatment, find a practice near you offering implants and book a consultation. The first step is to have an initial consultation with your practice so they can talk you through your options.

Dental implants can be suitable for adults of all ages but aren’t recommended for those under 18 as the jaw is still growing.

Most people are suitable for dental implants. In some cases, a medical condition may lessen your chances, for example, if you have previously had radiotherapy in your jaw or if you have diabetes that isn’t under control.

Some lifestyle habits can affect how successful your implant might be. For example, if you smoke, use e-cigarettes or take recreational drugs. If you smoke, your dentist will advise you to give up before having your implant fitted as it can slow healing and affect gum health.

Some people may need some supporting treatment before having implants, such as a bone graft or a sinus lift. This is needed when there isn’t enough bone in your jaw to support the implant.

The NHS only offers dental implant treatment in rare cases when there is a medical need for you to have an implant. For example, if you’ve suffered from mouth cancer, or have lost teeth following a serious accident.

If you think you may be eligible, your dentist will need to assess that you meet certain criteria. If you aren’t eligible, you can opt to have implant treatment privately, or your dentist can talk you through other options available on the NHS that might be suitable for you.

There are two main alternatives to implants: bridges and dentures. Your dentist will help you choose the right solution for you during your consultation.

A dental bridge is designed to bridge a gap in your mouth. It involves replacing a missing tooth with a crown (a false tooth) which is fitted to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. They’re a fixed solution like implants but aren’t integrated into your jawbone.

Dentures carry one or many replacement teeth. They’re usually removable, so you can take them out to eat and sleep. Dentures can also be clipped onto implants, which are known as implant- supported dentures.

Read more about implants vs bridges  and implants vs dentures.

Having a dental implant placed is extremely safe. As with any surgical procedure, there are always going to be risks associated. Rare complications of implant surgery include potential damage to nerves, gums or surrounding teeth.

At Bupa Dental Care, all our dentists who fit implants have undergone further postgraduate training and are fully qualified to offer implant treatment. Your dentist is there for you from your first visit right through to looking after your final implants. If you have any questions about the risks of surgery, speak to your dentist.

Implants can last as long as your natural teeth as long as they’re cared for properly. We’ll give you detailed aftercare instructions, giving you the best chance of having a successful, long-lasting implant.

Implant treatment usually takes between three and nine months, but every case is different. It may take longer if you need to have extractions or bone grafts beforehand. Your dentist will be able to give you a clearer estimate of how long your treatment will take after your clinical assessment.

Bupa Dental Care also offers smile in a day treatment, where a full arch of teeth is replaced in one day. Four to six implants are placed in the jaw, a temporary bridge is fitted, and you leave with a full set of teeth. The temporary bridge is replaced with your permanent bridge once the implants have integrated with the bone. This eliminates the need for multiple surgeries with long-healing periods.

Your implant will be placed directly into your jawbone, so your dentist needs to make sure you have enough bone to support the implant.

If this isn’t the case, your implant dentist might recommend a bone graft. Although this may sound daunting, it’s not an uncommon procedure and your dentist will be there for you every step of the way. Find out more about bone grafts.

Dental implants can fail if your bone doesn’t integrate with the implant. One of the biggest factors in implant failure is how well you look after your implant. If it’s not kept clean, you risk the implant failing or other oral health problems.

Certain lifestyle habits such as smoking can affect the integration of your implant, as well as oral health problems like gum disease.

The first sign of an implant failing is very slight movement that worsens over time. Other warning signs may be severe pain or swelling (although it’s normal to experience some discomfort and inflammation during the healing period). If you experience any of these signs, speak to your dentist who will be able to give you further advice.

Your dentist will give you more information on how to reduce risk factors that lead to implant failure when you have it placed.

If you’re interested in having a dental implant, search for your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice offering implants. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions during your initial consultation.

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