Dental Implants FAQs

Your Questions Answered

Whether considering dental implants for the first time or looking for additional information, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions to assist you. At Dental Implants Scotland, we aim to provide clear, informative answers to help you decide on your dental care.

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums to act as a foundation for artificial teeth.

How do dental implants work?

They integrate with your jawbone, providing stable support for artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are a safe and well-established treatment. They are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement and have been used successfully for over 30 years.

How long does the dental implant procedure take?

The process can vary depending on the individual case. It typically involves an initial consultation, implant surgery, a healing period, and the placement of the crown or prosthesis.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Patients are usually given a local anaesthetic during the procedure, so minimal discomfort exists. Post-procedure pain is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and good oral hygiene, implants can last a lifetime. The crown attached to the implant typically lasts 10-15 years before it may require a replacement due to wear and tear.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Dental implants should be cared for like natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

Can I eat normally with dental implants?

Yes, you can eat normally once the dental implants have healed and the artificial teeth have been fitted.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary. Normally the cost is between £1,800 and £3,000, however, it’s best to consult your dental professional for a detailed quote based on your needs.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

This depends on your insurance policy. In rare circumstances, some insurance providers will cover dental implant treatment. Check with your insurance provider for detailed information.

Can you get dental implants on the NHS?

No, dental implants are viewed as a private/cosmetic treatment and are therefore not covered under NHS dentistry, except in unique cases. This is because while dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth they are not the only treatment, and given the cost of dental implants they won’t be covered by the NHS when cheaper treatments are available.

How do I choose the right dentist for my dental implants?

Look for a dentist or oral surgeon with experience in implant dentistry. Dental Implants Scotland can connect you with qualified professionals in your area.