Q U E S T I O N S A N D A
N S W E R S
Are some patients unsuitable for implants?
Yes. Problems can exist with available bone for implant placement.
Many techniques are available for augmentation, but some patients
can be unsuitable for this.
Implant failure rates are higher in heavy smokers and patients
in this category need to be made aware of this.
Some patients may also be excluded on medical grounds.
Are implants inserted under Local or General
In most cases, implants are placed under LA with or without
Some patients may opt for a GA and day stay facilities can be
How are patients followed up?
Patients are seen as required during the duration of their treatment.
They also have emergency on-call access. Following the completion
of their treatment, patients are reviewed for up to 5 years
on an annual basis by myself. All patients remain under the
care of their General Dental Practitioner for routine treatment
for the duration of the implant treatment and after.
What role am I expected to play in their
It is important that patients maintain a high standard of oral
health if their implants are to perform successfully. The care
provided by their practitioner is essential for this. All patients
are asked to see their own dentist or hygienist for routine
reviews and prophylaxis as required. Specific training can be
given in this. I or my hygienist will be happy to see any patient
for their implant maintenance if requested to do so.
What are the success rates?
Implant treatments have been carried out for over thirty years
and the success rates are high. The predictability of dental
implants can reach 98%.
Failure rates in single tooth restorations after five years
is less than 5% (Lindhe et al. 1998).
In contrast, 50% of conventional bridges will still be successful
at 8 years (Walton et al. 1986).
How will patients benefit from dental implants?
Patients experience increased chewing function and enhanced
confidence by having secure teeth.
Placing implants in edentulous areas rather than a conventional
bridge avoids the risks associated with the preparation of adjacent
Fixed restorations can be made possible with dental implants
where there are no other means.
Why is treatment so costly?
Successful and predictable implant dentistry requires time and
the use of safe and bio-compatible components. Attention to
detail is paramount in avoiding failures and this has a bearing
For the safeguard of the patient this clinic only uses international,
evidence-based implant systems which have an established domestic
and worldwide network of clinicians should support be required
away from home.
Can patients insure their implants?
All treatments carried out by Max Suleiman are eligible for
Dental Implant Plus insurance cover from CIGNA HealthCare. This
can cover against failure and accidental damage and trauma.
Details are available to patients on request.