One of the main reasons that patients do not take up dental implant treatment in London, is the fear that it is a surgical procedure, and the risk that there will be a lot of pain after the treatment.
When your dentist recommends dental implant treatment, the first thing most people do is to research it on the internet, and see lots of surgical photos, with lots of blood, and this does a great gob of putting anyone off the treatment!
We can only comment on the experience of our clients at The Kensington Clinic, and we can honestly say that it is very rare that there is any significant discomfort after the treatment. We call every patient who has had the treatment after the day of surgery, and most of the time what we hear is, “There was a little discomfort when I left the surgery, but everything feels perfect now!”
We have heard horror stories of peoples experiences at other clinics, and the pain they felt after the treatment, and I feel most of this is down to poor surgical technique.
Pain can be caused because of a few reasons:
Once we know these risk factors, we can do everything possible to minimise pain after dental implant placement.
The first three points really relate to the skill and understanding of the dental implant surgeon, and some people either have this, or they don’t, make sure you choose a dentist who is well educated in the field, expect to pay a little more, but its well worth it!
The minimising of infection is critical, and we go to great lengths to minimise this.
The Aseptic Setup
During routine dentistry, where we are working in a “dirty” area (the mouth), with its millions of bacteria, there is little chance of acquiring an infection from us, especially when all instruments are sterilised and pouched until use!
During implant treatment, we are putting a foreign implant into a sterile body, so for this reason it is policy to set the surgery up, as if you were having a medical operation, with 100% sterile drapes everywhere, and this dramatically reduces the chance of getting infections around your implant. Surprising as it sounds, many dentists do not do this, as they are trying to save time and money.
In the end, if you see a good dentist, experienced in this kind of treatment, educated to a good level (UK education is very good), you should be fine. Expect to pay a little bit more for the treatment, and try and find someone by word of mouth, ask your friends and family, if someone is happy with the work they have done, then they will be happy to recommend their dentist.
If you dont know anyone who has had this kind of treatment, do a search on the internet in your area, go for some free consultations, and see who you have a good feeling with. Dentistry is very personal, you should find someone you trust.