FAQ’s – Ask Catherine

Find the answers to your questions about implant dentistry

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Why do you charge for a consultation?

Because experience has shown that if we do not then people book appointments and may not turn up thus wasting our time. As demand is so high we cannot afford to do this.

Is it safe?

We have 7 very successful years of patients being treated this way. See some of their comments on the What our patients say page.

Please see the sections on rese­arch and training for more information. We are a UK based company and subject to all UK regulation. Our tutors are all highly experienced and the teaching ratio is a maximum of  one to four allowing for close supervision. All the dentists being trained are registered to work in the UK.

What is the guarantee?

Nobody can guarantee that any given implant will work. It is misleading to do so. The success rates for implants are very high but as each one is reliant upon the natural healing processes of the bone then occasionally they do fail. This can be more of a risk in certain individuals and we can advise you on this. In the unlikely event that an implant does fail then it is usually possible to provide a replacemen

How long does it take?

Implant treatment can be protracted and rushing treatment increases the risk of problems and failure.­

What if I want implants but do not want to be treated within the Dentale training programme?

You could be treated by the trainers instead by visiting www.oracledental.co.uk

How much does it cost?

Difficult to be specific but a single tooth replacement requires an implant and abutment and a crown added together these give the cost of the replacement tooth. If comparing costs ensure that you are comparing the same thing, an implant is only half the story. See our price list for more information.

Does it hurt?

It is very uncommon for patients to experience any discomfort during implant placement. Most patients experience a small amount of discomfort following placement which is easily controlled with over the counter drugs

Will my face swell after treatment?

Most patients experience mild swelling over the implant area for one to three days. If a graft is placed or multiple implants are placed the swelling may be more pronounced however it will reduce after three days.

Will my face swell after treatment?

Most patients experience mild swelling over the implant area for one to three days. If a graft is placed or multiple implants are placed the swelling may be more pronounced however it will reduce after three days.

When can I return to work?

In most cases patients can return to work the following day. In the case where grafts have been placed or where heavy physical work is carried out 3 days should be allowed.

How long will implants last?

In our experience this will depend upon the quality and quantity of bone available at the time of implant placement, the healing response following treatment and the level of maintenance carried out by the patient. Once integrated an implant should last very many years and potentially, a lifetime.

Will my implants require maintenance?

Yes from both the patient and our team. Dental implants can require maintenance and repair of their above gum components similar to crown and bridgework.

Can I have sedation during implant placement?

We generally do not recommend sedation for all cases unless the patient requests otherwise. Sedation is not a general anaesthetic and is a safe, predictable method of ensuring a patients comfort during placement.

What medical conditions exclude patients from implant care within our clinic?

* Chemotherapy within the past 6 months
* Radiotherapy to the oral-facial area – Hospital referral required
* Alcoholism
* Mental illness – uncontrolled
* Serious illness within the past 3 months
* General health of a level where minor surgery is not conducive to the patient’s well being.
* Uncontrolled diabetes
* Steroid therapy – Heavy doses
* Smoking – Only and Sinus lift grafts only

Dentale Patient Information Leaflet

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Dentale Implant Care Leaflet

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What implant system do you use? What are they made of??

We use an implant system called Implantium. They are made of the highest quality surgical titanium. Please visit www.implantium.co.uk for further details