During the consultation with Lucy Stock she will describe the steps involved in your individual dental implant treatment plan. Some frequently asked questions that may be addressed include the following:
Q. How long will the treatment last from start to finish?
A. If the treatment is straightforward, it can be a little as eight to ten weeks from placement of the implant to fit of the final crown. However, sometimes treatment can take longer depending on the level of complexity of your case, with some patients not finishing for up to a year. The exact time frame will be ascertained from your initial consultation with Dr. Lucy Stock.
Q. How successful are dental implants?
Recent statistics confirm the success rate of dental implants is 95% for single teeth and close to 100% for implant bridges.
Q. Are implants suitable for everybody?
Almost everyone that has lost a tooth, several teeth or even all of their teeth is a candidate for dental implants. There are very few situations in which implants are not suitable. We will assess your suitability before undergoing any treatment.
Q. Can I replace my dentures with implants?
Yes, you can and it will change your life. With dental implants you avoid the pain and embarrassment of dentures.
- Your teeth will not slip or fall out
- You won’t need to avoid any activities
- You won’t need to worry about what you eat
- There are no clasps, clips or plastic covering the top of your mouth
Q. How painful is the dental implant procedure?
The majority of implants are placed under a normal dental local anaesthetic. Though the local anaesthetic injections can sting a little, and most of us have experienced dental injections in our mouth at some time, once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful at all throughout your treatment.
You will feel some pressing and pushing during the procedure as well as some vibration during the drilling stage, but this will not be sharp or painful in any way and your dentist will check to make sure you are completely numb before starting the surgery.