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Frequently asked questions

Steve Preddy, Head of Clinical Services at Bupa Dental Care, has answered your frequently asked questions about dental implants.

 

The average price of an implant in the UK (including the implant, abutment and crown) is £2,4151 but costs vary depending on individual needs. Your dentist will discuss the price of your treatment plan during your initial consultation.

Dental implants can be more expensive than other solutions for missing teeth, such as dentures and bridges, but offer much more in terms of comfort and discretion, and provide a longer-term solution.

At Bupa Dental Care we believe in transparent pricing, so your dentist will always explain costs in full before beginning treatment. To get a personalised quotation for treatment, find a Bupa dentist offering implants near you and book an appointment.

Dental implants can be suitable for adults of any age. Implants aren’t recommended for under 18s as the jaw is still growing and the bone tissue hasn’t fully developed yet.

In your initial consultation, you’ll be assessed for your suitability for treatment. Occasionally, dental implants might not be recommended for some patients for medical reasons. For example, if you have previously had radiotherapy in your jaw or if you have diabetes which isn’t under control.

If you smoke, you’ll be advised to give up before having an implant fitted. Research shows that the rate of implant failure is much higher for those who smoke than those who don’t2.


1 https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2016/05/31/dentistry-fees-survey-results-single-tooth-implants/

2 Kasat, V., & Ladda, R. (2012). Smoking and dental implants. Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry, 2(2), 38-41

Yes. Dentures are a popular solution to replace missing teeth, but people sometimes choose to replace their dentures with implants because they’re fixed into the jaw and eliminate the need for adhesives.

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

After your surgery, you’ll likely have some pain, bruising and swelling which will probably last around a week. This is normal, and you’ll be able to go to work the day after your procedure.

Your pain should ease with over-the-counter painkillers. If you’re concerned that your pain is abnormal, you should always consult your dentist.

If you look after them properly, implants can last as long as your natural teeth. It’s important to make sure you care for your implant properly to get the maximum lifespan out of it and reduce the risk of infection.

The time it takes for dental implants to be placed varies from person to person. The average length of time is between three and nine months, but this might be longer depending on your individual needs, and whether you need any preparation work such as extractions or bone grafts.

Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw, so your dentist needs to make sure there’s enough bone to support the implant. If you don’t have enough, it’s possible to graft bone from your other body parts, commonly your shin or hip, and insert it into the jaw.

A bone graft may be performed under local anaesthetic, or in hospital under general anaesthetic, depending on where the bone comes from. This may add some time to having your implant fitted, but can be necessary for the implant to be a success. Although this may sound intimidating, it’s a common surgery and is nothing to be worried about.

Dental implants are screwed into your jaw bone to hold a new, false tooth in place, whereas bridges use the surrounding teeth as support for a false tooth or teeth. Sometimes, some healthy parts of your natural teeth have to be cut away to support bridges, whereas dental implants do not harm the surrounding teeth.

Implants are usually only available through private dental care. In very rare circumstances, implants may be available on the NHS to replace teeth lost due to mouth cancer or severe accidents. If you think you may be eligible, you should discuss this with your dentist.

If you would like to know more, or have any further questions about dental implants, you can contact your local Bupa Dental Care practice. Our friendly dental experts will be happy to discuss your treatment options with you.

Find a Bupa Dental Care Practice near you offering dental implants.

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We have more detailed information about what dental implants are, how to look after your implant, and how much they cost.

For more information, speak to your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice offering dental implants

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