Dental Implants: Keeping them Clean & Secure

A durable and strong solution; dental implants have one of the highest success rates for tooth replacement solutions – only around 5-10% of cases actually fail.

There are certain factors that could contribute to dental implant failure e.g. if the bone fails to fuse adequately to the titanium implant, or if the patient chooses to continue smoking post-treatment.

Other reasons include underlying conditions like peri-implantitis, bad oral habits and hygiene and infection.


Implant failure and risks

Premium implants function just like existing teeth and therefore depend on quality aftercare.

And, if positioned by an implantologist, the chances of your dental implant lasting more than twenty years increase.

After your treatment, you will be given thorough advice on how you can best care for your implant and ensure its success and effectiveness.

If the bone does not attach properly, it is not the end of the world and we can always try again.

We will remove the implant, the bone will be cleared up and the procedure can be reattempted a few months later.

This is rare and can occur in less than 5% of all implant placement cases.


Ensuring implant success

There are, however, some measures you can implement to help increase the likelihood that your implant will be successful and stable.

  • Keep up a strong cleaning routine: Optimum oral care is essential for successful implants. You should dedicate the same energy to cleaning the new artificial implant or implants like your natural teeth. It is possible to purchase special brushes to reach between the gaps that normal brushes cannot access.
  • Attend regular check-ups with your dentist: If you are meeting with your dentist regularly then they are more likely to spot any issues or potential risks with your implants. Spotting problems before they escalate is vital to maintaining your oral condition and preventing complications.
  • Consider trying to overcome bad habits: Seemingly harmless actions such as chewing the end of a pen or hard sweets can break and wreck your crowns and your natural teeth.

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What else should you avoid post-treatment?

If you have chosen to carry out the procedure under local anaesthetic, then you will likely feel the effects several hours after you leave the practice.

However, you should not eat until the local anaesthetic has fully worn off.

Additionally, you should avoid extremely hot food and drinks for the first day following the procedure, and you should try and chew on the opposite side of your mouth so as to not upset or irritate the site of the implant.

Where possible, try not to irritate the area with your tongue or fingers either.

You may experience some swelling and bruising about 2-3 days after the treatment. 

This is quite common, but feel free to get in contact if this is severe or you continue to experience discomfort.


Will I experience pain post-treatment?

Although you will experience some discomfort as your mouth heals, you should not feel any immense pain following the procedure.

Discomfort can be managed using over the counter medication, but if any extreme pain persists, please get in contact with your dentist ASAP.


Implant costs

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Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
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12:43 24 Nov 21
Dr Ali Rifai was professional and I am very pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign's. I have been with this practice for many years and would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and nothing is an issue.
Jonathan PlumbJonathan Plumb
11:52 24 Nov 21
Can't thank this practice enough for all their help. I don't post reviews very often, so when I do, it's because an impression has been left! Dr Ali saw me at short notice to help fix a broken tooth. The nurse (I think her name was Danni) was so helpful and kind, as were the rest of the team. Thank you for being there for me in my hour of need (the same day i asked for an appointment!)

Why choose us?

We are proud to be one of Surrey’s most trustworthy and reliable dental practices, providing optimum care and treatment to patients both new and loyal.

Our clinic is very well-known throughout the local community as we accept patients from Sunbury, Surbiton, Sutton, Teddington, Thames Ditton and many more towns in Surrey.

Our skilled dentists prioritise patient satisfaction above all – therefore it is vital that our patients feel comfortable discussing their needs and desires with us. We believe in open communication, which leads to our breadth of committed and longstanding patients.

We are not just here to provide dental procedures – but to support you for the entirety of the process – and that includes aftercare.

If you would like to find out more about our practices and the services we have on offer, or you are interested in booking a free consultation meeting with one of our experienced dentists, then get in contact today on 020 8224 7562 or click here to book an appointment online.

Single Implants

Often used in simple cases where one tooth has been lost by accident or trauma. More.

Multiple Implants

Used in cases of multiple tooth loss in different locations in the mouth, where teeth are not missing in a row. More.


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When securing implants to the jawbone is not possible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.
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