Dental Implants Glasgow
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Dental Implants Glasgow
If you’re looking at options for dental implants in Glasgow, you probably have a lot of questions. Our skilled Glasgow dentists have extensive dental implant experience. We’re answering the most asked questions about dental implants, from the procedure itself, to aftercare and price.
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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements that both look and function like natural teeth. Implants are small titanium rods that are inserted where roots would usually be, with crowns or bridges attached.
Who are dental implants for?
Dental implants are for anyone who wants to replace missing teeth, or whose teeth roots are too damaged to be restored.
If you’d like to replace a missing tooth, you’re not alone. 65% of adults in Scotland have at least one missing tooth, according to a recent report. Roughly 130,000 dental implant procedures take place in the UK every year.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are a number of reasons why dental implants surgery is such a popular procedure:
- Are easy to clean and care for
- Look and function like natural teeth
- Allow you to eat and drink as normal
- Last for twenty-five years or longer
- Can prevent jawbone weakening
How do I get a dental implant?
If you’re interested in receiving dental implant surgery, speak with a member of the Millersneuk Dental Practice team. Our dentists are highly experienced at administering dental implants for Glasgow patients. They will discuss your treatment options and assess whether dental implants are right for you.
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The dental implant procedure
Look and feel
Care and maintenance
Fees, cover and payment methods
The dental implant procedure
What can I expect from a dental implant surgery?
Dental implant surgery is usually complete within two hours. Additional follow-up appointments take place to make sure your implant is healing as it should and to install your permanent crown.
During the dental implant surgery:
- Any remaining teeth roots are extracted
- A cavity is created in the jawbone
- A titanium implant is placed into the cavity and a temporary crown is attached
- You will be given information about how to care for your implant at home as it heals
After your implant has fully healed:
- A permanent crown is colour-matched to your teeth and affixed to the implant
Are dental implants right for me?
Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. They are a good option for people who have missing or very decayed teeth.
Many people prefer permanent teeth replacement solutions like dental implants to temporary teeth replacement options like dentures.
The best way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to speak with one of our experienced dentists who will discuss the procedure with you and assess your suitability.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implant surgery is a safe, highly specialised dental procedure that can only be carried out by an experienced dentist.
At Millersneuk Dental Practice, our team of dentists in Glasgow is led by principal dentist, Philip Church, who specialises in dental implants and is a member of the Association of Dental Implantology.
Are dental implants painful?
Many people are concerned about experiencing pain during dental implant surgery. However, in reality, the surgery is not nearly as painful as patients might expect.
Local anaesthetic is used throughout the procedure, resulting in numbness in the jaw, gums and mouth. You may feel a slightly strange sensation as the surgery is underway, but it will not be a painful experience.
After the procedure is finished and the anaesthetic has worn off, you should expect to feel an ache in the jaw, which can be managed by over-the-counter painkillers.
As the implant heals, you will experience sensitivity in the area of the mouth that underwent surgery, and you should avoid using that side for chewing. The sensitivity will improve overtime and will cease once the implant is completely healed.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
The dental implant surgery itself can usually take place within a couple of hours, but you will need to attend the practice more than once to complete the procedure.
A typical treatment schedule looks like this:
- Initial assessment
- Dental implant surgery and temporary crown installation
- Routine check-up to assess healing
- Permanent dental crown installation after the implant has completely healed
Do dental implants need a crown?
Yes, a dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces the root of a tooth. It’s necessary to fit a crown or bridge to the dental implant.
We usually recommend opting for porcelain crowns as these are strong, durable, realistic and not prone to staining.
Are dental implants done under anaesthesia?
Dental implant surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. That means you will be awake during your surgery but will not experience pain.
In some cases, we will combine anaesthesia with conscious dental sedation; you will be very drowsy and relaxed but will not fall asleep. Dental sedation is usually recommended for patients who experience anxiety about medical procedures or have a fear of the dentist.
Look and feel
Do dental implants look real?
Yes, dental implants are designed to be discreet and to look realistic. They are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Your dental implant is usually fitted with a porcelain crown, colour matched to your existing teeth’s natural shade. Dental implants are without a doubt the most natural-looking teeth replacement option, permanent or otherwise.
Do dental implants feel natural?
Dental implants function like a natural tooth. You can eat and drink as normal without worry.
Do dental implants get stained?
We recommend opting for a porcelain crown as they are resistant to staining, given proper maintenance.
Over time, you may notice slight staining near the gumline. To avoid this, visit us for a scale and polish appointment every six months.
Are dental implants strong?
Because dental implants are designed to last, they are as strong as natural teeth, and in many cases are actually stronger.
Do dental implants affect taste?
Taste loss is not a symptom associated with dental implants.
Do dental implants set off metal detectors?
Dental implants are non-magnetic and very small. They do not set off metal detectors at airport security.
Are dental implants better than veneers?
As the two treatments are for very different cases, they are not comparable.
Dental veneers cover existing teeth which still have most of the tooth and root in-tact.
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements, replacing the whole tooth including the root.
Are dental implants better than dentures?
Many people prefer the option of dental implants to dentures as they are not removable, meaning you won’t have to take them out to clean, and they cannot be lost.
Dental implants are also better for your jaw strength. As dentures are not attached to the jawbone, the jaw weakens over time, whereas dental implants strengthen the jaw.
Are dental implants better than root canal?
Root canal is a means of saving decaying or damaged teeth roots and preventing further deterioration.
Dental implants are usually recommended when there is no chance of saving the tooth through a root canal procedure.
Care and maintenance
How long do dental implants take to heal?
Most people return to work within a day or two and manage any pain with over-the-counter pain killers.
It can take between two to four months for your dental implant to completely heal.
Your temporary crown or bridge will be replaced with a permanent alternative once healing has taken place, after which time you will be able to use the tooth as normal.
Are dental implants permanent?
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacement solutions. They are designed to permanently replace missing or severely damaged teeth.
Do dental implants last a lifetime?
Dental implants have a lifetime of around twenty-five years or longer, compared with an average of ten years for dentures and other non-permanent teeth replacement options.
Do dental implants need to be removed for cleaning?
No, unlike dentures or other non-permanent teeth replacement options, dental implants cannot be removed.
Dental implants are easy to keep clean. Like natural teeth, they should be brushed twice a day. Your brushing should be complimented by flossing and any other oral hygiene routines recommend for you during your appointment.
Do dental implants break or need tightening?
It’s highly unlikely that your dental implants will break or become lose. The vast majority of patients never experience a problem with their dental implants, with surgeries of this kind enjoying a success rate of over 95%.
In the rare event of an implant problem occurring, this would be addressed with immediate treatment.
Are dental implants prone to infection?
Dental implants are no more prone to infection than other dental surgeries. Like all surgeries, it’s essential to follow proper hygiene practices to reduce the risk of infection.
Our dental team follows very strict sterilisation and hygiene practises. Following the surgery, we provide after-care guidance for at-home oral hygiene, which it is important to follow.
To minimise the risk of infection, patients should adhere to the following:
- Routinely follow oral hygiene practices as advised by your dentist
- Do not smoke at any time
- Avoid sugary drinks and foods
- Regularly visit the dentist for routine check-ups
As with every surgery, there is a low risk of infection following the procedure. Should you notice swelling or significant pain, we would recommend that you visit our practice for a check-up.
Do dental implants weaken the jaw?
No, in fact, dental implants actually strengthen the jaw.
When you lose a tooth, your jawbone deteriorates and begins to recede, causing it to weaken. Having a dental implant can halt and even reverse jawbone weakening, providing it with much-needed reinforcement.
When you use a dental bridge or denture, less pressure is exerted on the jawbone, causing it to deteriorate over time.
Fees, cover and payment methods
How much are dental implants in Glasgow?
Dental implants at our Glasgow practice start from £2245.
To help patients spread the cost of treatment, we offer interest-free finance options. 6 to 18-month payment terms are available. Learn more about our finance options.
Are dental implants available on the NHS?
In most instances, dental implants are only available privately.
The NHS will occasionally cover dental implants in cases where traditional dentures cannot be worn, such as:
- Severe damage to the face or teeth following an accident
- Significant illnesses such as mouth cancer
Your GP will help you to understand your options for NHS dental care.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Some insurance providers cover dental implants. Generally, dental implants would require additional cover, beyond basic dental insurance.
Are dental implants worth the money?
The short answer is yes.
Receiving dental implants is transformative for most patients. Many of our patients tell us that having missing teeth has taken its toll on their self-esteem and that they even avoid smiling and laughing in public.
Although dental implants can be more expensive than other non-permanent teeth replacement options, their strength, durability and realistic look sets them apart. Being able to smile with newfound confidence can have a hugely positive impact for dental implant patients.
Here’s what some of our patients thought about their treatment at Millersneuk Dental Practice.
“I’ve had several implants fitted by Philip Church. Smooth process throughout. Very happy with the service and results. Would definitely recommend.”
“Best dentist ever – I’ve been with them for years. I have just had an implant fitted and what a fabulous job Philip has done! As a very nervous patient they all made me feel calm and relaxed and I have now overcome my fear. I would highly recommend this dental practice to anyone – a great team of friendly professional people.”
“Brilliant dental practice. Jonathan has done fantastic work on my teeth with no issues or any pain. Great team. Highly recommended.”
If you’re considering getting dental implants in Glasgow, get in touch with a member of our Glasgow dentist practice. We’ll book you in for a consultation appointment to discuss your treatment options.