Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It's probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. How well you look after your implants - and whether you attend for your regular maintenance appointments - will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
Placing an implant is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. We can offer sedation for implant treatment; this will be discussed with you at your assessment appointment.
After your implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to grow onto them and fuse to them. This usually takes a few months. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are placed for the false teeth to be fitted sooner than this. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime.
In our clinic, a consultation for implants costs £60, and the full course of treatment for one implants starts at £1850, however at your consultation appointment a full estimate of costs will be provided.