Discover safe and effective dental implant treatment for missing teeth. Learn about candidacy, cost factors, and how they work at Synergy Dental in London.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants involve placing a small metal peg, roughly the size of 1/4 of a peanut, into the jawbone where a tooth used to be. This is a quick and minimally invasive surgery that can be done with local anesthesia. After the implant is placed, it needs time to integrate with the jawbone, typically around 3-4 months. Then, a new tooth can be fabricated and attached to the implant. The result is a brand new artificial tooth that becomes a part of your body.
Safety of dental implants
Dental implants have been used for over 40 years and are now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. Billions of dental implants have been placed worldwide, and they have been proven to be a safe and effective treatment with very few reported cases of adverse reactions.
Dental insurance coverage for implants in London
As dental implants become more common, more dental insurance plans are beginning to cover them. However, it is recommended to check with your dental plan to confirm coverage, and our dental team at Synergy Dental in London is happy to assist with this.
Here are some common factors that can affect the cost of dental implant treatment at Synergy Dental in London:
- The number of implants needed
- The type of implant used
- The experience and training of the dentist
- Whether additional procedures such as bone grafting or sinus lifts are needed
- The cost of the abutment and crown that will be attached to the implant
- Any necessary diagnostic imaging or lab work
It's important to keep in mind that while dental implant treatment may seem expensive upfront, it can ultimately be a cost-effective solution in the long term as it can last for many years or even a lifetime.
Pain during dental implant surgery
If it is a straightforward dental implant placement, the procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, and patients do not experience any discomfort during the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off, patients may experience some discomfort and may need to take pain medication like Advil for a couple of days. Usually, patients can return to work the day after surgery. However, in cases where the patient has been missing teeth for many years, additional procedures like bone or gum grafting may be necessary, which can result in more pronounced discomfort and swelling for up to a week after surgery. In these cases, stronger pain medication may be necessary, and 2-3 days off work following the surgery is recommended.
Sedation options for dental implant surgery
Most patients do not need any form of sedation for dental implant placement, but different sedation options like nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV conscious sedation are available for patients who feel anxious or nervous.
Lifespan of dental implants
While natural teeth may not last forever, dental implants can last a lifetime if they are done correctly and the patient takes proper care of them. This highlights the importance of selecting an experienced and knowledgeable dentist for the procedure.
Candidacy for dental implant treatment
Most people are suitable candidates for dental implants, but certain medical conditions may make the treatment unsuitable. A thorough review of your dental and medical history by the dentist at Synergy Dental in London is necessary before receiving treatment. We offer free implant consultations and even free 3-D X-rays to those considering this treatment option.
Duration of dental implant treatment
The length of the appointment depends on the number of dental implants being placed and whether any additional procedures like bone or gum grafting are involved. Typically, the appointment lasts around an hour or two.