Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How will I know if Dental implants can be done in my case?

The radiographs taken during your consultation with Dr Kumar will evaluate your mouth in order to determine your potential for implants. During the consultation Dr Kumar will discuss with you what type of implant is most suitable for you. He will also determine how much bone is present in the locations where you will need implants placed and therefore Dr Kumar will be able to assess whether Dental Implants can be used to replace missing teeth.

Q: How long can implants last?

If implants are inserted correctly into strong enough bone then they should last as long as your own natural teeth. In this way, the accuracy of the Simplant System helps to ensure that implants are inserted correctly into the bone.

Implants may fail if the quality of the bone in the jaw is not of good quality, or if your oral hygiene deteriorates.

Q: Why is there a 3-6 month waiting period before the permanent crown can be inserted?

After the implant has been inserted into the bone, the bone itself must integrate with the implant before a crown can be fitted over the top. This process will vary in time depending on the quality of bone that is present where the implants are placed.

Q: Is there any pain when the implants are surgically placed?

Before the procedure, a local anesthetic such as lignocaine is administered to the area in which the implant will be inserted. This will ensure that there is no pain when the implants are placed into the bone. There might be some discomfort or mild swelling after, much like when having a tooth removed.

Q: If I wore a full or partial denture before the implant surgery, can I wear it afterwards?

Post-surgical swelling may interfere with wearing a full or partial denture immediately after the surgery. Therefore in some cases dentures cannot be worn until the swelling has reduced. However, each case varies and therefore this should be discussed with Dr Kumar during the consultation.

Q: Once I have implants placed and built upon, do I have to clean around them?

Yes! Just as with natural teeth if you do not clean around them, gum disease can develop. This can lead to the failure of implants if any bone has been destroyed, and therefore it is essential to clean the implants and the gum around them by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. Other cleaning aids may be recommended by Dr Kumar if your case requires them such as a prescription mouthwash.

Q: Do I need to have a professional cleaning by the dentist or hygienist?

It is important to have professional cleaning around the implants and also to have regular check-ups with Dr Kumar to assess the health of the implants and your natural teeth.

Q: How do you know how many implants you need?

Each case varies depending on how many implants are required to replace missing teeth. Sometimes the density of the bone can limit the length of the implants that can be inserted and in this case more implants will be needed. It is possible to place two or more implants to support a porcelain bridge with a greater number of teeth.

Q: Can I eat and drink as normal?

Yes, as the implants function just like natural teeth.

Q: Will the Implant colour match other teeth?

The porcelain used in the crown is colour matched to your existing teeth and therefore the implant will match.

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