Does Dental Implant Treatment Hurt?

The chances are that like most people, if you hear the word dentist you immediately think pain and discomfort. You may have had a bad experience in the past with toothache or had a tooth extracted. You may have simply heard one too many horror stories about everybody else’s. Although a dental emergency may be painful and require a visit to the dentist, the truth is that with the modern techniques and advanced training of dentists today, it is rarely the procedure itself that is painful.

Regardless, we tend to avoid going to the dentist because of our nature as humans. Even when it is in our best interests. This is especially true of dental implants. If you are suffering from missing teeth and have been considering dental implants, but have found yourself worrying about whether or not the treatment hurts, do not fear – you are not alone. Let’s take a closer look at the process and help to put your mind at rest.

Why get dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Unlike other options, they do not have an impact on your remaining, healthy teeth. They provide you with the most stable and natural looking replacement. They also help to strengthen the jaw by replacing not just the missing tooth but also the root.

Apart from the obvious visual implications of missing teeth, which can severely undermine our confidence and sense of self-esteem, there are also hidden dangers of missing teeth. Over time, these can cause more problems. This can include weakening of the bone which can lead to damage or failure of other teeth and a receding jaw – which often has the effect of causing us to look older than we are. This happens because when we chew, our teeth help stimulate the bone below and keep it in a healthy condition. If a tooth is missing, this does not happen and the jawbone gradually begins to deteriorate.

As well as helping you to look and feel great again, dental implants are a great way to protect yourself from the chances of such problems arising.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are actually comprised of three elements, known as the implant, the abutment and the crown.

It is the implant that plays the most important role, as this helps to restore strength to the jaw as well as forming a strong base upon which the new tooth  – the crown – can be mounted.

A dental implant is made of high-quality titanium, which is biocompatible. This means that it has the special property of being able to bond and fuse with the natural bone around it. This means that it becomes an integral part of your jaw.

Once the implant is fully bonded, the abutment can be fitted, and finally the crown – and your smile is restored.

What does the fitting process look like?

After your initial consultation and any preliminary treatment, the actual process of fitting your dental implants typically has four main stages.

The first step is to numb the gum with anaesthetic. A surface anaesthetic is used first to freeze the gum. This allows the local anaesthetic to be injected without you feeling anything. Once this anaesthetic has started to work, you will not feel anything at all.

Once this first stage is ready, the next step is to prepare the site for the implants. The dentist will need to make a small opening in the gum in order to gain access to the bone.

The dentist will then drill what is known as a pilot hole. This allows the dentist to check that the position and angle are correct. The hole will then be gradually widened to the correct width for the implant to be inserted.

Finally, the implant can be screwed into place and sealed off, and the gum around the area stitched.

It is important to remember that the entire process is a planned, precision procedure. Don’t think of it as something like a tooth extraction or other emergency treatment.

What about recovery?

As with any dental treatment, everybody’s experience is different. However, the vast majority of patients state that they feel nothing more than mild discomfort afterwards, most often during the healing stage. They are often pleasantly surprised by the lack of any pain during the procedure itself.

In order to keep you feeling comfortable, your dentist will prescribe painkillers and a special mouthwash for use after your implant procedure and go through what you need to do to ensure quick and successful recovery. Of course, we’ll never be more than a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns.

It will also be necessary to return about a week after treatment to have the stitches removed, although this will also be done painlessly.

Why wait for your perfect smile – call us today

If you are interested in dental implant surgery and would like to find out more or book your initial consultation, don’t hesitate to call the expert team at Perfect Profiles today on Luton 01582 518 100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500 823. Alternatively, click here to see more ways to get in touch online.

 

 

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Cost of dental implants? Dental implants have become increasingly popular in recent years, and more and more dental practices are advertising low-cost implants.

At Perfect Profiles Clinic, we believe in offering honest and transparent pricing.

We want our patients to be confident that the price they see is the price they pay. 

Dental Implant Patient

Before looking at the cost of dental implants, let’s see what a dental implant is.

Three key components are combined to form an artificial replacement for the all-important root that holds the tooth in place, along with a natural-looking crown.

The three parts of a dental implant are:

  • The implant: a replacement for the root of the missing tooth which provides an incredibly strong base upon which the replacement tooth can be mounted. 
  • The abutment: a connector and links the implant and the crown together.
  • The crown: a permanent, replacement tooth that is mounted on the implant (and the only visible part).

If you are looking at prices for dental implants, be sure to check that the price you are seeing includes all three components and not just the implant itself.

The price for these components is usually given per single tooth.

What does dental implant treatment involve?

There is a lot involved in the process of fitting dental implants.

It is a good idea to be familiar with the process before making a decision.

This means you will know what you are paying for from the outset and not have to worry about any unexpected extras.

Step 1. Implant Consultation

The Dental Implant process begins with a consultation.

This will allow the dentist to discuss:

  • What is involved with you;
  • Talk about your expectations and answer any questions you may have;
  • And prepare a fully formed treatment plan for you.

At the end of the consultation you will have the agreed costs of the entire treatment.
X-Ray of teeth

Step 2. X-Rays & bone density

For successful, long-lasting dental implant treatment, it is important that the bone density is satisfactory and that there is a sufficient amount of bone in the location.

X-rays, if required, will be taken at your initial consultation.

In some cases, it will be necessary for bone grafting and/or a sinus lift to be carried out before it is possible to proceed with implants.

Step 3. Prophylactic hygiene treatment

It’s also important that the teeth and gums are as healthy as possible for the treatment to be a success.

Before beginning the implant process, we conduct a Prophylactic Clean which serves to clear the gums and mouth of any harmful bacteria.

Step 4. Implant fitting

Once everything is in order, it will then be possible for your dentist to begin fitting your implants.

First the implant itself – the replacement root – will be fitted into place and protected with a temporary abutment.

Once the implant has bonded properly, the final abutment and crown can be fitted.

Step 5. Aftercare medication and cleaning

Although the process itself is generally straightforward and painless, because of the nature of the treatment aftercare medication is required to prevent infection and discomfort.

Finally, you will be advised of the best techniques to look after your fantastic new smile.

The cost of dental implants

Here at Perfect Profiles, we pride ourselves in our transparent pricing policy.

The prices for one to three replacement teeth are as follows:

Single Tooth 2 Separate Teeth 3 Separate Teeth
£680 Implant £1,360 2 x Implants £2,040 3 x  Implants
£365 Porcelain Bonded to Metal crown (PBM) £730 2 x  PBM Crowns £1,095 3 x  PBM Crowns
£195 Abutment £390 2 x  Abutments £585 3 x Abutments
£30 Xray package
£150  Xray package £150 Xray package
£110 Hygiene package £110 Hygiene package £110 Hygiene package
£85 Perfect Planning package £200 Perfect Planning package £200 Perfect Planning package
£20 Aftercare medication £20 Aftercare medication £20 Aftercare medication
Total Price: £1,485* Total Price £2,960* Total £4,200*

Yes! I’m interested

Any additional costs will always be highlighted at the initial consultation so that you are fully aware of all treatments/costs.

Nothing is hidden or brought up mid-treatment.

The price outlined on the Treatment Plan is the price you pay.

Interest Free Finance

Spread the cost with finance options

High quality, expert fitted dental implants are a real investment in your future health and happiness. 

For treatment plans of between £2,500 to £3,499 in cost we’re happy to offer a low-interest finance arrangement at just 9.9% APR with terms of up to 5 years, whilst for treatments costing £3,500 or more, interest free finance over 1 to 3 years is available.

Yes! I’m interested

To enquire about low cost implants with the UK’s leader in the field, get in touch with the experts at Perfect Profiles Dental Implant Centres now on Luton 01582 518100, Wolverhampton 01902 500823 or alternatively click here and use our simple online form to request a dental implant brochure, book a consultation online or request a call back.


* Please note that prices are correct at time of publication 19/04/2018 and may vary. Please request the latest pricing when making an enquiry.

Smoking and the effects on your dental implants

Smoking is one of the highest causes of implant failure. This is due to the effects of nicotine and the smoke itself.

Nicotine – constriction of blood vessels, which slows healing

Chemicals – greater susceptibility to infections

A slower healing process

The longer it takes for the surrounding bone to heal around the implant, the higher the chances of infection or early implant loss.

Nicotine replacements also cause a slower healing process, but with a lower chance of infection from the tobacco chemicals.

What are my options?

  • Quit smoking – the best option everytime
  • Take a break – (Stop for 2 weeks before and 2-3 months after)
  • Nicotine Replacement – (Vaping, patches, chewing gum)
  • Cut down – The less the better.

We always recommend quitting smoking!

Dreaming of a Summer Smile? Start Today!

The Christmas break may well be over, but with the cold, dark mornings reminding us that it is still very much winter, you could be forgiven for beginning to think about your summer holidays. In fact, if you have ever dreamed of having perfect teeth for that holiday of a lifetime, now is actually the perfect time to think and act. With Perfect Profiles Dental Implant Clinics, you can be saying goodbye to gaps between your teeth in time for summer with our leading implant treatments.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial root which is placed into the jaw in order to support a replacement tooth, bridges or dentures. The root, which is not unlike a screw, is typically made of titanium which bonds with the bone in the jaw to provide the strongest possible support for artificial teeth. Because of their strength and versatility, implants can be used to help replace anything from a single tooth to a complete set.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants function as a replacement for the root of a tooth. Just like a natural tooth root, they sit in the jawbone and provide a firm anchor which allows a replacement tooth to be mounted independently of the teeth around it. Once the implant has been fitted, it typically takes around four months for the jaw to grow onto it and fuse the implant to the bone. Once this has successfully happened, permanent replacement teeth can then be mounted. The end result is replacement teeth that, if properly looked after, will look and feel just like natural teeth.

Can anybody have implants?

Generally speaking, the most important factor to consider is the amount and condition of the bone available in the jaw. Luckily, with today’s advanced dentistry, this is rarely a problem. If the area is not suitable, a bone graft can be used to provide a sufficient amount of bone for the implant. A bone graft can take up to six months to fuse with the existing bone. In many cases the implant can be fitted at the same time, improving the time taken to complete the treatment and also reducing the number of visits required. Whilst bone grafting may sound scary, don’t be put off. It is performed by dental experts under local anaesthetic. Most patients don’t feel anything more than the mild discomfort that you’d expect from any dental treatment.

Great, when can I start?

Because the suitability of dental implants depends on the individual patient, it is essential to begin with a consultation with a dental surgeon who has specialist knowledge of implants. You may also need to have X-rays or CT scans as part of the initial process. Once a complete assessment has been conducted and the dental surgeon has all the information required, you can start as soon as you wish.

Why choose Perfect Profiles?

Perfect Profiles is an award-winning UK-wide dental implant clinic offering the highest quality dental implant treatment at the most competitive prices available. On top of our unbeatable prices, we also offer our patients a free initial consultation and complimentary X-rays / CT-scans where required for our own use. Our two clinic locations in Luton and Wolverhampton couldn’t be better placed, offering easy access from every corner of the UK. No matter where you are, we are never more than a few hours away! As well as having access to the very latest technology in-house, we offer our patients access to a team who together have decades of experience in implant surgery, supported with a wealth of qualifications in the field.

To get your summer smile off to the best possible start, don’t delay – call Perfect Profiles today on Luton 01582 518100, Wolverhampton 01902 500823 or contact us online for a fast response.

 

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