Dental implants

FAQs

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are precision manufactured titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. The closest you can get to a natural tooth, an implant makes a strong base for a crown, denture or bridge.

Can anyone have a dental implant?

Not everyone is suitable, but the majority are. Sometimes work is required to make sure that your jawbone will take an implant. Before the procedure begins, your Bupa Dental Care (formerly Oasis Dental Care) dentist will perform a thorough examination to ensure you are a suitable candidate.

Will having a dental implant hurt?

Patients’ experiences will vary, but the level of discomfort experienced while undergoing a dental implant procedure should be no more than having a tooth extraction. Many patients report that following the surgery they’re not able to feel the dental implant at all.

How long will a dental implant last?

If you care for your teeth with regular brushing and regular visits to your dentist, then your dental implants should last for a long, long time – especially if you compare them to traditional bridges or dentures.

How long does dental implant treatment take?

This is difficult to answer. The length of time can vary significantly, based on the person. Usually, treatment involves an initial consultation, followed by an appointment to place the implant. This would then be followed by a period of between three and six months to allow the implant to heal and fuse with the bone. A final appointment then takes place, where the replacement tooth is installed.