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Frequently Asked Questions

It's normal to have doubts where your health is concerned. Added to that you will want to find out all you can about what may happen at the surgery, where you will be staying, what places there are to visit, what kind of food there is, and so the questions go on. We have put as many questions down as we can think of and from those asked by clients before you, but if your question is not there, or you want more explanation, just contact us by email and we'll get right back to you.

What factors contribute to long-term success of Dental Implants?

There are a number of factors that will affect the long term success of dental implants. The quality and quantity of the jaw bones, the better your bone and the amount, the greater the success. The skills and experience of your dental surgeon. Here at COO we have highly talented, qualified and experienced dentists in all areas of dental care who have specialised in dental implants and cosmetic surgery. Another extremely important area is the quality of the crown or denture that will sit on the implants. Their design and composition is critical which is why we have invested in the latest computerised technology, our own milling centre and the best quality materials such as Zirconia, to ensure only a first class tooth or set of teeth will survive the test of time.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are usually completed in two phases.

  • This is the actual implant placement. It is a process performed in our clinic with local anesthesia so you will feel no pain during the surgery. Using precise, gentle surgical techniques, the implants are placed into the jawbone for 2 months while osseointegration (bonding to bone) takes place. This makes a strong, solid foundation for replacement teeth. During this time, temporary bridges or dentures will be provided to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience.
  • This involves creating and screwing the new Zirconia tooth or teeth to the implant(s) in your jaw. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or complete dentures. Our dentist can recommend the best choice for you.

Who can place a dental implant in my mouth?

A periodontist, an oral surgeon, or an implantologist place dental implants. If you use a periodontist or oral surgeon you will also need a restorative dentist. An implantologist can carry out the whole procedure. In Spain it is normal that all dentists are trained in every area of dentistry and can perform all dental procedures. They undertake constant training to ensure they are competent and have experience in the most up to date dental care and technology. The dentists in our clinic have specialised training and are qualified implantologists so you will not need to have a second restorative dentist.

Who can restore the teeth on the top of dental implants?

Any of our dentists can restore the crowns that sit on the implants. However, general dentists are also skilled to undertake this work but you will need to make sure they are using the most up to date materials.

Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

No. Anyone at any age may have dental implants as long as there is sufficient bone available in which to place the implants.

What might be some of the factors that would prevent me from being an implant candidate?

There are some medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implants. Some of these may be uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, blood disorders, rare bone disorders or bone marrow cancer. Some physical factors may include insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses or nerve bundles. Before you make an appointment you will be given a questionnaire to complete to determine if you are suitable for the care you want.

How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?

The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you look after them. They will need to be cleaned professionally by a dental hygienist every six months. This hygienist should be trained in precise procedures for maintaining dental implants. Normally your general dentist will inspect your implant during your annual check up. Also, brushing and flossing daily is an absolutely must for long-term success.

Will having an implant hurt?

No. An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. You may have mild discomfort after the anesthetic wears off but we have found that standard painkillers such as Ibruprofen or Paracetamol will control any pain. We shall stay in touch with you after your surgery to make sure you are comfortable.

When can I return to work after implant surgery?

You may go to work the next day, unless some particular surgical circumstance arises. Our dentists give you written information/instructions about what you should or should not do over the next few days after the implant/s has been placed.

How long will the treatment take?

The complete treatment may take from 2-3 months. It should be understood that this procedure is advanced and can be a longer process than usual to ensure its success. We do, however, provide patients with temporary teeth during this time. AT NO TIME are you without teeth unless you elect to do so.

What advantages are there to having implants?

Dental implants are an effective, safe and predictable solution to the problems resulting from missing teeth. Countless patients report amazing benefits from dental implants, such as:

  • You will smile again
  • Your teeth will look and feel like natural teeth
  • Improved facial appearance
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Improved taste and appetite
  • Convenience
  • Improved self-esteem and quality of life

Dental implants are also a great value for your investment. You will be getting a product that you will be using 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, probably for many, many years of your life.

What are Dental Holidays?

Dental Holidays or Dental Tourism, as it is sometimes called, is the combining of less expensive dental treatment with a vacation to take advantage of the cheaper dental care available abroad. In Spain the cost of dental treatment is up to 50% cheaper than in the UK and the state of the art technology used, together with the high standard of professionalism, means that you receive a quality service and a vacation for considerably less thanthe treatment alone in the UK.

Why should I come to your clinic for my dental holiday?

There are many good reasons to visit our clinic:

  • All under one roof. At our clinic we have our own milling centre using the best equipment to design and construct your implants, crowns, bridges or dentures
  • We have qualified, skilled dentists with vast experience and are confident we can resolve any dental problems
  • We use only the finest biocompatiblematerials to ensure the success of any treatment
  • Our prices are up to 50% cheaper than those in the UK
  • We are located in the beautiful Sierra de Aracena where you can enjoy a relaxing time, eat amazing food, join in the local cultural events and glimpse real rural Spanish life
  • We offer a superb friendly service to all our clients before, during and after treatment
  • Access from the UK is so simple with flights into Seville from London, Bristol, Liverpool, East Midlands and Edinburgh and it is only 2 ½ hours away

Why are dental care costs less in Spain?

There are a number of factors that explain why dentistry is so much cheaper in Spain. However, the primary factor has to do with dentist earnings and lack of higher qualified dentists. In the UK the minimum qualification for a dentist is Graduate and a preventative dentist often has to refer patients to specialists if there are extensive dental problems to be solved. Therefore there are fewer specialists and they are able to charge higher prices for their services. Here in Spain, the minimum qualification for a dentist is a Doctor and they are proficient in all aspects of dentistry. With more qualified dentists, there is more competition and this results in lower prices

How can I be sure the dental care provided is excellent?

We have many satisfied clients who have been delighted with the results, services and cost of their dental care. Our aim is to continually improve our centre of excellence and to deliver a first class service For your Sunshine Smile

Are there any guarantees for the dental work?

5 years warranty specified on your bill

I don't' speak Spanish, how will we communicate?

Not only do we have an English website, we are able to communicate with you in your own language both in writing and in speaking. There will always be an English speaker with you at our clinic and we will provide you with a telephone number of an English speaker to help with any problems during your stay

How can I pay for my treatment?

Payment is requested in Euros and we can accept cash, credit cards or paypal methods. We do not accept Sterling, sterling cheques or travelers cheques. When you discuss your treatment plan with your dentist, he/she will advise you on when the payments will be requested

Can I bring my partner or even travel with my family?

Of course they can and we recommend that you share your dental vacation with family members or friends. There is plenty for your companions to do and see and like all other holidays we hope you will take home many good memories

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