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19 April 2017

The role patients play in successful dental implant placement.

Placing a dental implant requires a high degree of skill and it is for this reason that any dentist wishing to provide them is required to undergo a number of additional years of training before being qualified to do so.

This degree of skill, along with experience and use of high quality dental implants, means that the success rate of this procedure at our Surbiton practice is extremely high.

This does not mean that things can’t go wrong though, and the patient also has a role to play in the success of their implant placement. Today’s blog takes a look at what you can do to help us to help you with a successful procedure.


Once a dental implant has been placed by one of our skilled Surbiton dentists, using top quality implants and the latest technology to ensure the necessary precision, the next stage is largely down to nature. Because the bone in the jaw accepts titanium as a suitable material, it will start to bond and fuse with the new artificial tooth root. This procedure will take approximately three months to complete, and, whilst failure is rare, the risks can be increased by not taking care of the new implant, especially in the early stages.

Patient responsibility

Although we will monitor your implant health during the osseointegration period, the day-to-day responsibility for its health largely lies with the patient. We will advise you of the care that is needed once the implant has been placed. This will include:

Alcohol and smoking – These are both serious threats to your gum health. Both increase the risks of gum disease and peri-implantitis. Smoking should be avoided altogether for the duration (and preferably forever). Some alcohol consumption may be acceptable if limited, but patients need to aware of the risks.

Cleaning the implants – You will not be able to brush your new implant for a while but this does not mean that you do not need to clean it. Failure to do so will lead to a bacterial build up which could weaken the bone structure and cause the implant to fail. You will be provided with detailed advice about how to clean the implant.

Eating – It is important that your new implant is treated gently during the osseointegration stage. We recommend that you follow a liquid diet for a short while after the placement to avoid putting any pressure at all on the implant. Softer foods such as well cooked pasta or mashed potatoes can be gradually introduced. If you are unsure when to introduce these, always err on the side of caution. A few weeks eating softer foods will help to give you many years of use from your new implant.

Finally, we will need to see you more regularly during the period after placement, here at our Surbiton dental practice. Please do not skip these appointments as they are important to monitor the progress of your surgery.

If you would like to know more about dental implants, or have recently had one placed and have a question, please contact the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291.

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