Dental Implants And Patient Concerns – Things You Should Know
If you’re keen to undergo treatment for dental implants in Richmond, or indeed anywhere else in the country, then it probably isn’t a decision you’ve taken lightly. For instance, while it’s true that undergoing the implantation process is an expensive and time consuming one, it can also change lives. For this reason many people have a lot of questions and concerns that they would like addressed before they make an informed decision. With this in mind let’s take a look at some of them.
The cost factor
This is one of main concerns that many people struggle with and depending on the degree of the treatment needed it can cost anywhere between £800 and £2500 per tooth. Clearly this isn’t cheap. However what you might not know is that when a dental implant is successfully fitted and cared for properly it can last 3-5 times longer than any other form of tooth replacement. Even though dentures are initially cheaper, you’re likely to have to pay out for new ones every 5-10 years. As a result costs can soon mount up. Add to the mix the constant supply of fixatives and dental cleaners that you have to buy and suddenly dentures might not seem such a cheap option.
What about the success rates?
With any surgical procedure you can never guarantee a 100% success rate as there are many factors which lie beyond the control of the dentist that could cause the implant to fail. That said most implant problems are caused by a failure to keep them free from bacteria, so the importance of practising good oral hygiene cannot be underestimated. Even with this taken into account most reputable clinics still have a 95% success rate.
What about the procedure itself? Are the surgery and recovery processes painful?
If you undergo treatment for dental implants in Richmond, then here at Sheen Dental we do everything we can to ensure pain-free dentistry. In fact the vast majority of our patients are surprised at just how quickly the surgery is completed. In as little as 1-2 hours a patient can have the first stages of the implant completed. Surgery is carried out either under local anaesthetic or using conscious sedation. With both methods the patient will remain awake so that they can respond to the needs of the dentist, but at the same time will feel no pain. If standard dental implants are used the patient will have to return to surgery to have the abutment and the final crown fitted. So the whole procedure is carried out in 2 or 3 stages over a number of months.
Post surgery, there may be a small degree of swelling and bruising but not in every patient, and this generally eases after a few days. Standard pain killers such as paracetamol and aspirin are generally all that’s needed to control what little pain there may be. Full recovery can take as little as 2-3 days and up to 7-10 days for multiple implants. Certainly within 2-3 weeks patients should be back to normal and eating whatever they choose.
If you want to find out more about just how a dental implant in Richmond can enhance your life, then talk to Sheen Dental. Contact us on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk to book your free, no-obligation consultation today and take the first steps towards changing your life for the better.