Dental implants: Frequently asked questions

Written by: Dr David Bloom
Edited by: Aoife Maguire

Many people are conscious about how their teeth look, with several deciding to undergo dental treatment in order to achieve their perfect smile. A popular treatment option for missing teeth is dental implants.


Leading restorative and cosmetic dentist Dr David Bloom reveals what they are, why they may be required, and how they can be implanted.



What are dental implants?


Dental implants are replacement roots that are placed into the bone and the bone fuses onto the titanium surface, known as osseointegration.


An implant can be considered as a hollow titanium screw that a replacement tooth (or in some cases, teeth) can then be screwed into.


When might they be required?


Implants are used instead of using a patient's natural teeth to replace missing teeth (bridges) or when no natural teeth are available to use.


How are they implanted?


After tooth removal, the bone will be remodelled or reabsorbed. This means that if the tooth is still present, sometimes the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth is removed (immediate placement to help maintain the bone) and in some cases, can be used immediately to support a replacement tooth or teeth (immediate load).


It is best to perform this placement as a sterile surgical operation, when a hole is drilled into the bone and the implant is placed into this bone.


They can be immediately loaded if primary stability can be achieved. However, if extensive grafting is required or if an infection is present, neither immediate placement nor immediate loading will be considered appropriate.


Who are dental implants best suited to?


Dental implants are suitable for almost all patients. However, there is an increased risk of failure in people who smoke, and certain medical conditions can cause complications within the placement.


They can also be used in patients who are missing some teeth or in patients who have no teeth to support implant-supported dentures, or fixed bridges.


How long do dental implants typically last?


Unfortunately, nothing in dentistry lasts forever and most dentistry can be expected to last for around 10-15 years. It is now considered best to save a tooth as long as it has a reasonable chance of success in the medium to long term.


However, if this is not the case then implants are a great alternative. However, we know that patients can get gum disease around implants (peri mucositis and peri-implantitis), therefore meticulous placement and design of the final restoration are essential, as well as meticulous cleaning around the implant. In these conditions, implants can be expected to last a similar 10-15 years or longer.  




If you are considering dental implants and would like to book a consultation with Dr Bloom, simply visit his Top Doctors profile today.

By Dr David Bloom

Dr David Bloom is one of the UK’s leading restorative and cosmetic dentists based in London and Hertfordshire.  He has a passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of dentistry including smile makeovers, veneers, orthodontics, and implant
Dr Bloom graduated from the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Dental School and has gained over 35 years of experience, earning him recognition as one of the leading figures in the field of dentistry. Having previously been the lead dentist at the same dental studio from 1990 to 2013, Dr Bloom understands what works over time. He instructs and lectures both nationally and internationally, and is a sought-after expert in other dental practices. He is trusted by both celebrities and other dentists seeking treatment for themselves. 
Preventative dentistry first and foremost is Dr Bloom’s preferred approach, ensuring that a healthy smile is the foundation of his work. He completes a thorough, comprehensive diagnosis and presents all options to his patients. Dr Bloom takes into account his patient's needs and desires, applying his extensive knowledge and skills to provide exceptional results. 
Outside of his clinic work, Dr Bloom holds numerous prestigious positions and is on the editorial board for both The International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and The International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr Bloom’s opinions and knowledge are regularly used in magazines, radio, and television. He was the chosen dentist for the hit TV show Extreme Makeover UK. He has transformed the smile of a number of celebrities including Tulisa Conlostavlos, Ben Foden, Sophie Anderton, and Kyran Bracken. Fellow dental professionals have also entrusted him when seeking treatments themselves. 

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