Dental implants procedure

Durable, long-lasting and natural in their appearance, dental implants are the most modern way to replace missing teeth. Having a missing tooth or teeth can make eating and talking difficult, and make you feel self-conscious - but it doesn’t have to – there are options available to restore your smile and your confidence, and dental implants is one of them.

If you’re considering having a dental implant it’s important to read up about it first, and attend a consultation with your dentist to make sure it’s right for you.

Learn more about the procedure for dental implants below. Or find a Bupa Dental Care dentist offering dental implants near you and book a consultation.

Your initial consultation

Before your dental implant is fitted, you will need to book a consultation with the implant dentist of your choice. If your local Bupa Dental Care practice doesn’t offer implants, they can refer you to another practice nearby which does.

In your consultation, your dentist will answer any questions you might have about the procedure and will carry out any X-rays or scans needed to determine your suitability for treatment.

Your treatment plan

Your dentist will discuss your individual treatment plan with you, explaining what will happen before, during, and after the procedure. Think about any questions you want to ask – maybe write them down in advance so you don’t forget. If you decide to go ahead, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form.

It takes between three and nine months to complete the whole treatment process depending on the complexity of your case and whether any preparation work is needed. Your dentist will discuss this with you.

Your dentist will also give you a quote for the cost of your treatment. Dental implants are not usually available on the NHS and the cost varies depending on the complexity of treatment. However, it’s important to remember that unlike cheaper alternatives such as dentures and bridges, dental implants are a long-term investment, lasting as long as natural teeth if properly cared for.

Learn more about the cost of dental implants.

Preparing for your implant

You may need additional treatments to prepare for your implant fitting, such as tooth removal or a bone graft. If you have a problem with one of your teeth, the plan may be to remove it and replace it with an implant. If that’s the case, your dentist will explain how this may affect the timescale of your treatment.

If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support your new implant, then the bone volume can be increased by a procedure called grafting. This can be done artificially, or bone can be surgically grafted from another part of the body depending on the extent of the bone loss.

Ben White, a dentist with over a decade’s experience fitting implants at White Dental, part of Bupa, explained, “Surgical bone grafts are only used in those patients with severe bone loss. We only get one to two cases per year.”

For more information, find a Bupa Dental Care dentist offering implants near you and get in touch.

After your tooth has been fitted

After your implant and crown have been successfully fitted, your dentist will schedule regular follow up appointments with you to make sure that the bone and gum around the implant and crown have healed correctly and everything is comfortable for you.

You may have some initial swelling or discomfort around the implant area after the procedure. Taking an over-the-counter painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen will help with this.

Implants are a durable solution for missing teeth and can last as long as natural teeth if cared for properly. Learn more about how to take care of your implant.

Why choose Bupa Dental Care for your dental implant?

Bupa Dental Care is a leading provider of dental care in the UK - we treat over 2 million patients each year.

You can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. All our dentists who fit implants and restore them with crowns or dentures have undergone further postgraduate training, to the satisfaction of the General Dental Council (GDC).

As well as being skilled, qualified and experienced, our dentists are passionate about delivering a quality service to patients. Your Bupa Dental Care dentist will support you throughout the process of having an implant fitted.

To find out how we could help you, find your local Bupa Dental Care practice below.

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