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Not every patient is suitable to receive dental implants immediately.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

If your goal is to replace a missing tooth, achieve an attractive, gleaming smile and eliminate oral imperfections – then dental implants are an unbeatable solution.

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What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone to support an artificial tooth.

When the post has been securely placed, your dentist will attach a replacement tooth (crown) onto the post – this is known as an implant.

Typically, if positioned by an expert, dental implants have an extremely high success rate -this is just one of the many benefits.

Implant failure

However, this doesn’t mean implant failure is not a possibility. Around 5-10% of dental implants can fail and this can happen right after the procedure, or months or years later. Premium implants operate just like normal teeth and therefore depend on quality aftercare.

If an implant does not succeed it can be down to a number of factors such as underlying conditions such as peri-implantitis, bad oral habits, infection or bone loss.

Signs of implant failure:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Severe pain or sores

It is essential that patients are aware of their own responsibility in ensuring the implant is booming – it is vital that you care for your implant appropriately in order to ensure its strength and longevity.

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What can contribute to dental implant failure?

Although the risk rate is low, some points which can increase the likelihood that the implant will not work are:

Before carrying out the procedure, your dentist will evaluate the overall health of your teeth and gums to ensure your mouth is healthy enough to allow the implant to heal effectively and last as long as possible. For example, if you have gum disease we will not carry out the treatment.

It is necessary you have enough bone to support the implant. If there is a lack of healthy bone to attach the implant then the dentist will not be able to insert the implant and so another solution will have to be discovered.

Like all aspects of your health, smoking has a detrimental effect. Smoking restricts the amount of blood flowing to your gums, so can slow down/negatively impact the healing process if you do get an implant.

This is where you play your part. Conscious care for your teeth is vital if you want the procedure to work. Your dentist will provide you with all of the advice you need to best care for your new implant.

If the doctor does not carry out the procedure properly you will be left at risk. Make sure to choose an accredited dentist when you are deciding where to have your treatment. Some indicators of a dentist’s reliability are the before and after pictures of previous patients and whether or not the dentist is accredited with the BACS for example. Meet our team.

Who are dental implants suitable for?

Generally, our dental staff will carry out a thorough checkup before deciding whether you are a suitable candidate to have the procedure.

In most cases, dental implants are suitable for all adults with healthy teeth and gums. The treatment is not suitable for children under the age of 18 because the jaw bone is not fully developed.

Additional requirements include patients having enough bone available so that the surgery will work, committing to regular dental checkups to ensure everything is working effectively, and committing to an exceptional oral hygiene routine.

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What are the risks?

Like any procedure, there are some risks involved. If the procedure is successful, some complications may occur later down the line. This can include:

Nerve/tissue damage

This would be down to a dental surgeon’s mistake, so it is important to ensure your treatment is carried out by an experienced and reliable dentist.

Nerve or tissue damage occurs when a dentist inserts the implant too close to the nerve.

Although it is rare, sometimes the mouth can reject the implant meaning it will not heal properly. If you experience fever, swelling around the area, or chills, then you should contact your dentist immediately.

If you fall or endure an injury that affects your mouth, the implant may become loosened.

What are the advantages?

Despite these risk factors, if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment, your treatment is carried out by an experienced, reliable dentist, and you care for your implant well post-operation, you can enjoy some of the following benefits of the implant:

  • Durable – can last for over 25 years if cared for correctly
  • Natural appearance – designed and manufactured to fit seamlessly into your smile
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Easy maintenance, high success/effectiveness rate
  • Can improve teeth functionality, short procedure time
  • Convenient as you don’t have to remove them
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Dawn SwansonDawn Swanson
10:27 24 Nov 22
I have been with the Gentle Dental Practice for 8 years, the care and service I have received has always been 5 star. I have recently used their new hygienist Nicky who is great. Looking for a new dentist just contact their very friendly and proffessional team.
George HorseyGeorge Horsey
18:54 15 Nov 22
Dental Impant Surgery:I had my dental implants fitted recently and I am extremely happy with the outcome. Ali and the team have done an amazing job since I lost my 2 front teeth over 6 years ago. I had to wait for the surgery for a long time due to my age and the issues surrounding having implants at a young age.I finally had the surgery 12 weeks ago and had my two new crowns fitted last week. They look absolutely amazing and the whole procedure was way less painful than I ever thought it would be.I would highly recommend getting your implants done at the Gentle Dental Practice, you won't regret it!A massive thank you to everyone at the practice!
Deeban SkandalingamDeeban Skandalingam
12:06 03 Nov 22
Fantastic work on my teeth and I would highly recommend! My teeth turned out better than I had even hoped for. If you are in need of any dental work, you would be doing a great disservice if you didn't speak to this practice first. The staff were extremely friendly, there were text updates and all in all an excellent service from start to finish. If you haven't guessed already, I am thoroughly pleased with The Gentle Dentle. Thank you!
Pippa HarveyPippa Harvey
14:54 26 Oct 22
Like many people, I have an immense fear of dentistry, and dentists, due to previous experiences.I had two broken teeth and one that had been treated incorrectly by an NHS dentist. I had been in daily pain for about 18 months, and had been put on a 6 month waiting list by my NHS dentist.I called gentle dental to explain my problem and they offered me a same day appointment. They were kind, compassionate, understanding, patient and validating. I’m not sure anybody ever feels completely comfortable in the chair, but It’s the closest I’ve ever come!The work needed was carried out, all of the staff were kind and welcoming, and it showed me that the dentist doesn’t have to be a dreaded place!Thank you so, so much gentle dental! I will definitely be returning.
Tilesh PTilesh P
15:45 14 Sep 22
Dental Implants - 3 New Teeth - June 2022I had the most professional and pain free experience when getting my new tooth implants at Gentle Dental. Honestly I put it off for some many years because I just didn't want to go through the pain. But my experience was totally the opposite. Ali and the wonderful girls were there every step of the way. All my questions got answered and I was reassured everything would work out well. And it did. I was worried for no reason.I did think about going abroad to have it done but when you consider the risk factor, time and professional standards - it made no sense to me. I have known Ali for a long time and knew I would be in the best hands and if there were any issues these would could be resolved easily.If you are thinking of having dental implants at Gentle - don't waste any more time. Just book and get it done.Was it painful ? No, uncomfortable for a few days, yes for sure.I just wish I had it done sooner. Thanks guys, love my new teeth 🙂
Edward CrameEdward Crame
13:43 04 Dec 21
Very happy with all aspects of the work they have done. Very clean, professional and well run business.
Lynn HuddartLynn Huddart
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!)
Eva AugustEva August
07:11 06 Nov 21
I’m so happy to find this practice. I suffer from anxiety and high sensitivity to pain. It was very stressful for me going to dentist after years of fear. The team not only make me calm and welcome but I FELL ASLEEP during treatment with Dr Marshall ! So understanding and caring. Thank you!
Marc NevittMarc Nevitt
11:35 11 Oct 21
I have been using this dentist for well over a decade and can honestly say my teeth would be in a far worse situation if wasn’t for the Gentle Dental practice.My most recent visit was for a filling .. barely felt the injection!I would highly recommend this dentist to anyone, but especially if you’re teeth require a high level of care like mine.
Emma BrauerEmma Brauer
08:44 04 Aug 21
This place was recommended to me by family and for a nervous patient the best experience. The reception welcome is cheerful and friendly, beautifully modern area with hot drinks and water on offer.I needed implants, crowns and bridges followed by whitening, so lots of appointments. My dentist Mr Ali Rafai was superb from start to finish, so professional and personable. Throughout the whole process I was cared for wonderfully plus lots of laughs along the way. The constant care during appointments was very comforting, no rushing, and I knew I my needs were Mr Rafai's priority. Plus check up call the next day without fail to make sure everything was going well.Absolutely deserves five stars!
Alan SamuelAlan Samuel
13:30 14 Jul 21
Fantastic experience with Ali. It took 18 months including bone grafting, removing and replacing failed dental implants, invisaline for my bottom teeth which were all over the place and some veneers but now I'm delighted with the outcome.Ali was always very clear about how this wasn't an overnight solution in an honest and forthright manner which gave me confidence that he would deliver results.I was offered several overnight solutions from other dentists locally at a fraction of the cost but when I see how much effort and detail that went into my plan, I know i made the right choice.
Kurt JohnsonKurt Johnson
17:48 14 May 21
I have got no complaints about this Dental Practice. They were all very friendly and accommodating and always professional.My dental treatment was also really good, everything went according to plan and the results are great!I am VERY happy with the outcome and would recommend them anytime!

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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.


Perfect for full mouth reconstructions, where patients have experienced tooth loss on the upper and lower jaws. More.


When securing implants to the jawbone is impossible, zygomatic implants are used to attach to the bone in the cheekbone. More.

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