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Top Ten Dental Implant Questions

The average cost for a single tooth implant with a standard crown is £2400. This is  £56.10 per month on 0% APR (1st year)  dental finance arrangement spread over 3 years. (7.9% APR remaining years)

The average cost for a three tooth fixed bridgework retained on two implants is £6600. This is  £183.33 per month 0% APR (1st year)  dental finance arrangement spread over 3 years. (7.9% APR remaining years)

There are no hidden extras in our pricing, the cost includes all 2D X-rays, appointments and the premier implant system. The quality dental implant system comprises of a titanium implant, abutment and crown.

Exceptional cases only for NHS Implants

First you would have to get your dentist to refer you. Following an NHS consultation if you meet the criteria the consultant will request approval for NHS funding. If the approval is successful, the NHS will only fund the current course of treatment. The cost for maintenance and any future replacement cannot be guaranteed. In the event of a problem, a new referral and application for approval would need to be made.

Dental implants are only available under the NHS in the following categories:

(1) Congenital and acquired defects e.g. severe hypodontia (more than six missing teeth), cleft lip and palate

(2) Tooth and tissue loss following trauma, e.g. road traffic accidents.

(3) Surgery for head and neck cancer

(4) Continuing problems with well-made and fitting complete dentures (as deemed by a consultant in Restorative Dentistry)

(Note: patients in whom tooth loss occurred due to trauma more than two years ago will not necessarily qualify for NHS implants)

Source:
https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/services/referrals/specialist-surgery/restorative-dentistry.aspx

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed where the missing tooth used to be. They are made of solid, sterile titanium which is inserted into the jaw to replace the roots of natural teeth. On the top of these implants can be placed various crown or bridgework dependent on the case. Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate).

Anyone who has lost a tooth and multiple teeth can benefit from dental implants. The best candidates for dental implants are free from periodontal diseases and have an adequate amount of bone in the jaw to support the implant.

Overall health and a desire to improve your quality of life are much more important considerations than age. Back in the 1950’s implant supported replacement teeth were originally designed as a solution for older patients. Many patients well into their 90’s have had dental implant treatment without a single problem.

In fact the oldest patient in whom we have placed implants is 93 and the youngest is 17!

Titanium dental implants are considered to be safe and have a long and proven track record. The first dental implant was place in 1965; so with well over 50 years of clinical use, patients have been benefiting from this dental technology for many years.

Titanium is used due to its low toxicity and allergenic potential, it also has an incredible osseointegrative ability, which means that your bone can grow and become part of the implant. Dr Boota Ubhi has placed well over 3000 implants during his 15 years operating as a GDC registered specialist in periodontics. Furthermore he is a very well qualified  and experienced dental implantologist, his success rate is 98%.

Dental implants are the most advanced treatment for replacement teeth.  If you have lost a tooth or several teeth through tooth decay,  gum disease or trauma you are proably worried about your appearance. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Most people will not even notice you have had implant treatment done.

The tooth implants are placed in the bone using a gentle surgical technique. You will not feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure at all. Local anaesthesia will be used during the procedure and most patients report that implants involve less pain than tooth extraction. Any discomfort following the procedure can be managed with pain medication. Most people say their mouth is sore and they have to be careful what they eat so it’s best to stick to soft foods. If you have any additional questions, please contact the practice on 0121 4273210 and speak to one of the experienced nurses.

The first implants were put in place 30 years ago and are still functioning. To date, there is no time limit on the life expectancy of successful implant. Some implant manufactures only give a two year warranty on their implant systems. While other systems may have a warranty of five or even ten years. To be certain your implants will last a lifetime you may join our exclusive “Implants 4 Life Club”. The dental implant costs for one tooth that you have invested your money into can be guaranteed for a lifetime while you are a member of the club.

Dental implants are necessary when a patient has lost a tooth or has several teeth missing and does not want to live with bridgework or dentures. There are many advantages of implants which makes them a necessity for many people. For example the implant will prevent your other teeth moving into the gap where you have missing teeth. Over time this can change your smile and facial appearance. Implants also stimulate soft tissues (gums) and prevent bone loss in your jaw, which can affect your oral health in the long term.

Safety & Risks

A dental implant front tooth is a common procedure. Titanium dental implants are considered to be safe and have a long and proven track record. The first dental implant was place in 1965; so with well over 50 years of clinical use, patients have been benefiting from this dental technology for many years.

Titanium is used due to its low toxicity and allergenic potential, it also has an incredible osseointegrative ability, which means that your bone can grow and become part of the implant. Dr Boota Ubhi has placed well over 3000 implants during his 15 years operating as a GDC registered specialist in periodontics. Furthermore he is a very well qualified  and experienced dental implantologist, his success rate is 98%.

Dental implant surgery is one of the safest types of surgery when completed by an experienced and qualified professional. As with everything in life however the procedure and outcome does carry some associated risks and possible complications. The risks mentioned below are greatly increased if the implant surgery is carried out by an inexperienced dentist using cheaper implant systems and older dental technologies or procedures.

Risks and Complications
  1. Periodontal (Gum) disease – The dental implant may fail if placed before treating a person who has gum disease. Gum disease increases the chance of getting perio-implantitis.
  2.  Infection – Following the surgery there is a possibility of getting an infection around the implant site. As a precaution patients are often given a course of antibiotics.
  3. Implant Failure – There is a possibility that the implant fails to osseointegrate (join together with your jaw bone) This means the implant would not become stable and may have to be replaced.
  4. Surgery mistakes – During the procedure to place the implant into the jaw bone, the dentist could damage or cause injury to nearby structures such as the sinus, nerves, jaw bone or soft tissues in or around the mouth.
Short Term Failure

Dental implants can fail either in the short term (weeks / months after surgery) or in the long term (months / years after surgery) In the first case there is a small possibility that the implant and bone will not attach correctly “osseointegrate” or that an implant will fail after a short period of time. Although extremely rare, should this happen to you, these short term failures can be treated quickly by removing the failed implant. It can then be replaced by another implant once the cause of the failure has been established.

Long Term Failure

In the long term it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene to avoid perio-implantitis. This is the most common long term failure of implants. It occurs when there is a chronic infection in the gum and soft tissues around the implant. Leading to discomfort or pain with pus or bleeding around the site. Eventually if left untreated bone will re-absorb (bone loss) thus compromising the supporting structures of the implant. The implant will become loose and will have to be removed before the infection advances further.   To avoid these long term implant problems you will be shown how to take care of your implants by a dental professional.

Other Failures

Finally other long term failures can be related to the prosthodontic components of the restoration. These are the screws, abutments, crowns, bridges or dentures attached to the implant. Sometimes these can become loose, broken or fractured due to a persons bite forces. These problems are however avoided by correct and proper treatment planning.

Guarantee your implants. Learn more about BPI Dental  – Implants 4 Life Club

A Titanium dental implant is not normally dangerous to human health. Titanium is considered to be an excellent biomaterial, it is non-toxic and readily accepted by the human body. In some very rare cases patients may develop symptoms of  titanium hypersensitivity, and removal of the implant may be considered. Pure titanium is also corrosion resistant and a well placed implant can last you a lifetime.
Cheap Implant Systems – Impurities
Finally cheap poor quality dental implant systems may have an increased chance of impurities. Inorganic and organic impurities on the sterile packaged implants can lead to a foreign body reaction in some patients.  Implant manufactures should deliver their implants without impurities that may be dangerous to human health. Rest assured that BPI Dental only use quality implant systems that are certified “Clean Implant” . An International Trusted Quality Mark https://www.cleanimplant.com/

Success & Benefits

The first implants were put in place 30 years ago and are still functioning. To date, there is no time limit on the life expectancy of successful implant. Some implant manufactures only give a two year warranty on their implant systems. While other systems may have a warranty of five or even ten years. To be certain your implants will last a lifetime you may join our exclusive “Implants 4 Life Club”. The dental implant costs for one tooth that you have invested your money into can be guaranteed for a lifetime while you are a member of the club.

Many patients seek implant treatment years after a tooth extraction and get fed-up having to live with missing teeth for some time.  Yes, it is possible to get implants providing you have enough bone remaining in the part of your mouth where the implants need to be placed.  Following an X-ray or CT-Scan the oral surgeon will be able to establish if you have sufficient bone remaining and advise you if a bone grafting procedure is required.

Historically dental implants have the highest success rate of all dental procedures. Over a fifteen year period Dr BS Ubhi has successfuly placed over 3000 implants with achieving success rates of up to 98%. This is far higher than conventional crown and bridge work where valuable tooth substance has to ground down . Nowadays the treatment of choice for patients who have full dentures is a implant retained denture.

Your new tooth or teeth will look, feel and function like your own natural teeth. Dental implants currently provide some of the finest restorative cosmetic results in dentistry.

You will be able to once again eat the foods you enjoy. Studies have shown that chewing efficiency improves significantly after treatment with implants.

Yes, dental implants are considered a permanent solution for tooth loss. The first tooth implants were placed over thirty years ago and there is no time limit on the life expectancy of a successful implant.  Some Implant manufactures offer a warranty on their implant systems.  The warranty safeguards the components from fracture or failure. This warranty can range from just two years to a lifetime warranty.  Also different dentists will guarantee their work for various periods, depending on certain criteria.

Expensive or Affordable

The average cost for a single tooth implant with a standard crown is £2400. This is  £56.10 per month on 0% APR (1st year)  dental finance arrangement spread over 3 years. (7.9% APR remaining years)

The average cost for a three tooth fixed bridgework retained on two implants is £6600. This is  £183.33 per month 0% APR (1st year)  dental finance arrangement spread over 3 years. (7.9% APR remaining years)

There are no hidden extras in our pricing, the cost includes all 2D X-rays, appointments and the premier implant system. The quality dental implant system comprises of a titanium implant, abutment and crown.

Yes there are cheaper alternatives to replace missing teeth. Although dental implants are more expensive they are significantly better in the long term. Read more about the success and benefits of dental implants.

If you have decided you cannot afford implants and don’t wish to get finance for your treatment we can offer you the following alternatives:

ONE TOOTH MISSING
Single unit crown cost –  £695*
Providing that there is some of your natural tooth still remaining you may be able to get a crown. A crown is like a cap that is placed over the remains of your tooth.  If you have completly lost your tooth then you will need bridgework or a partial denture.

FEW TEETH MISSING
Three tooth fixed bridgework cost –  £1950*
Removable partial acrylic denture cost –  £550*
Chrome partial denture (Removable) –  £1095*

All TEETH MISSING
Complete dentures (Removable) –  £900*​

Finance makes implants affordable

Although dental implants may seem to be expensive, this type of dental treatment is the best for your long term oral health. We understand that many implant patients cannot afford the one off payment.

That’s why we have teamed up with a leading dental finance company to offer you some great deals. You can spread the cost over different periods. Read more about Smile Now Pay Later

It is highly unlikely that you will be able to get implants for free. Most dental practices in the UK offer implant treatment privately. It some rare cases you might qualify for dental implants in the UK on the NHS. There are a number of criteria you must meet before you can get the free implants fitted.

Exceptional cases only for NHS Implants

First you would have to get your dentist to refer you. Following an NHS consultation if you meet the criteria the consultant will request approval for NHS funding. If the approval is successful, the NHS will only fund the current course of treatment. The cost for maintenance and any future replacement cannot be guaranteed. In the event of a problem, a new referral and application for approval would need to be made. Dental implants are only available under the NHS in the following categories: (1) Congenital and acquired defects e.g. severe hypodontia (more than six missing teeth), cleft lip and palate (2) Tooth and tissue loss following trauma, e.g. road traffic accidents. (3) Surgery for head and neck cancer (4) Continuing problems with well-made and fitting complete dentures (as deemed by a consultant in Restorative Dentistry) (Note: patients in whom tooth loss occurred due to trauma more than two years ago will not necessarily qualify for NHS implants) Source: https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/services/referrals/specialist-surgery/restorative-dentistry.aspx

Dental Implant Pain

The implants are placed in the bone using a gentle surgical technique. You will not feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure at all. Local anaesthesia will be used during the procedure and most patients report that implants involve less pain than tooth extraction. Any discomfort following the procedure can be managed with pain medication. Most people say their mouth is sore and they have to be careful what they eat so it’s best to stick to soft foods. If you have any additional questions, please contact the practice on 0121 4273210 and speak to one of the experienced nurses.

You will receive local anaesthesia during the procedure and should feel no discomfort at all. The procedure itself normally takes as little as thirty minutes and patients have reported that implants involve less pain than a tooth removal.
This is a major dental procedure so immediately after the surgery and for a few days you will likely experience some discomfort. However, any pain should be manageable. You may also experience bruising of the skin and gums, pain at the implant site and minor bleeding. A moderate amount of swelling should be expected after the implant surgery. This will last 5 to 7 days but applying ice packs to the face over the area of surgery for 24 to 48 hours immediately following surgery may prevent swelling
Dental implant surgery is extremely safe, and most people do not have any complications from implants. While there is no cut-and-dried answer, since every person perceives pain differently and procedures are very individualised, most patients report feeling less discomfort during implant surgery than in tooth extraction procedure. Majority of patients have reported that they found the procedure less painful than a tooth extraction.

Implants & Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Definitely. If you have lost your teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease implants are the best solution. However you must be free from periodontal disease before implant treatment can begin. The risk of implant failure increase significantly if treatment is attempted while you still have gum disease. Dr Boot S. Ubhi is a registered specialist in periodontics and will make certain your gums are healthy before he places the implants.

Dental implants themselves don’t really cause gum disease, although some patients may think it is the cause. Unfortunately some dentists might place implants in a patient that has a pre-exisiting periodontal condition.  A patient should be free from gum disease prior to implant treatment. Otherwise, one of the the consequences may be peri-implantitis.

Peri-implantitis is an ever increasing threat for implant patients due to poor clinical decisions made at the start of treatment. As the number of dental implants placed each year has increased steadily, the problems with them have also increased. Peri-implantitis is a dental term used to describe the destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants. 

Bone Grafting

Most patients present with adequate amounts of bone for dental implants, in some instances, however, more bone is needed before implants can be placed. There are procedures to graft and regenerate the amount of bone needed for dental implants. Once sufficient amounts of new bone have been regenerated, the dental implants can be placed to support a new dental prosthesis. (see Bone Augmentation and Sinus Grafting)

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