Am I suitable for implants?
Usually, if you are over 18 and in reasonably good health, you will be suitable for dental implant treatment at Hook Dental in Hampshire. Smoking reduces the success rate for dental implants but doesn’t preclude treatment.
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant comes in two parts. The first is an artificial root made from titanium that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and, in time (3-6 months), will bond or integrate with your own jaw bone. The implant is placed via a small surgical procedure that is carried out painlessly under a local anaesthetic (the area made numb).
The second part is what is visibly attached to the dental implant root. For those missing one tooth, a natural-looking crown will be created to perfectly match your existing teeth. If you have a full set of dentures, a full arch of teeth can be permanently attached to four or six dental implant roots - you don’t need one implant root for every missing tooth you have.
Free initial consultation
You are invited to visit us at Hook Dental for an initial free consultation to assess your suitability for dental implant treatment. At this consultation we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each dental implant option so that you can make an informed decision about your care. We may take some simple x-rays at this appointment.
For simple cases this 30-minute consultation may be enough to determine your suitability and you can proceed to treatment. For more complex cases this visit will be followed up with a full case assessment. This thorough appointment will determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. At your implant assessment consultation, your mouth will be examined and then appropriate x-rays, models and photographs taken. If implants are appropriate, a full treatment plan will be developed together with an estimate of the costs of providing the treatment. This process may take a few visits and there is a charge for this more involved treatment planning exercise, which we will explain before we proceed.
If you wish to proceed, we will arrange for you to be seen by our resident implantologist, Amir Savage, who will place the titanium implant. You will return to your own dentist for the dental implant supported crown, bridge or denture to be crafted and fitted.
For complex cases requiring more extensive planning and perhaps bone grafting or sinus lifting, we use our implant partners at Elmsleigh House Implant Clinic in Farnham. Here you will have the implant root placed and any associated more advanced procedures and then return to us for the dental implant supported crown, bridge or denture to be crafted and fitted.
What if I’m not suitable?
Everyone is different and if you aren’t suitable for implants at Hook Dental, we promise to do all we can to find an alternative treatment to restore your smile.
What does it cost?
Dental implants are one of the most expensive dental procedures carried out by any dentist but the effect they can have on rebuilding your smile and your confidence can be priceless. At Hook Dental we regularly provide implants to replace single teeth as well as more complex multiple teeth cases.
We have replaced full upper and lower arches and the cost of these cases varies hugely. We won’t proceed with treatment without agreeing a fee before we start. As a guide a straightforward single implant crown will be in the region of £2,500 complete. More complex cases are harder to estimate and need to be quoted individually, but as an example, patients at this practice who have had a full upper or lower set of fixed implant crowns have paid in the region of £24,000 and a removable lower denture stabilised with two implants in the region of £8-9,000.