Please note side effects and complications are uncommon to rare and we at Smile Cliniq would hope our rate is even less than the norm, due to the techniques, equipment and materials we use. Also bear in mind the complications are no different to any implants, oral surgery you may have had previously, it’s just you are now aware of them.
- I consent to the use of local anaesthesia/intravenous sedation for the surgical procedure*(Delete as appropriate). I agree not to operate a motor vehicle or similar machinery for the remainder of the day of surgery.
- I understand although every care will be undertaken in the provision of all aspects of this treatment, as with any surgical procedure, the successful outcome of the treatment cannot be guaranteed. Failure of a dental implant is an infrequent event (1-7%, around 1% over 5 years at Smile Cliniq). In the event of failure of the implant, further implant surgery will be offered if appropriate. Further fees may be payable, £250 in the first year, if for any reason we cannot replace the implant (within the first year) 50% of the cost of treatment will be refunded back to you.
- It has been explained to me that, as with all surgical procedures, there are a number of possible complications that may, occasionally to rarely, occur following treatment. These complications include, but are not limited to, post-surgical infection, bleeding, swelling and pain, facial discoloration. Transient, but on occasion permanent numbness of the lip, tongue, teeth, chin or gum (1% chance on lower implants), jaw joint injuries, or associated muscle spasm. Transient, but on occasion permanent increased tooth mobility, tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods. Shrinkage of the gum tissue upon healing, resulting in elongation of some teeth and greater spaces between some teeth (black triangle appearance inbetween implant and implant or implant and tooth) and occasional visibility of the implant. Cracking or bruising of the corners of the mouth, restricted ability to open the mouth for several days or weeks, impact on speech, allergic reaction, damage to adjacent teeth, bone fractures, nasal sinus penetrations, delayed healing, and accidental swallowing of foreign matter. The exact duration of any complications cannot be determined, and may be irreversible (i.e. damage to adjacent teeth). Sinus involvement and nose bleeding can occur following surgery to the upper posterior jaw. Complications occur occasionally to rarely, but if they occur, further surgery and fees maybe needed/applied.
- I understand where the bone is found to be inadequate to receive an implant, it may be necessary to place a bone graft or a bone substitute to improve the chance of success. Although this can be predicted most of the time using CT scan, it is not always possible to visualise it until the gum is reflected on the day of surgery. Further fees may be payable.
- I further understand that if clinical conditions turn out to be unfavorable for the use of this implant system, or prevent the placement of implants, my dentist will make a professional judgment of the management of the situation which, on occasion, may mean we may not be able to place implant.
- I understand before and after surgery it may be necessary for me to take antibiotics, to counter or reduce the risk of infection. I also agree to refrain from smoking and alcohol consumption and follow any post-operative instructions given by the dentist. It is essential to note that research has shown that smoking more than doubles the rate of implant failure in the short and long term. This is due to a reduced healing capacity of the soft tissues as well as the bone. Therefore, we recommend smoking is stopped completely, otherwise you risk losing your investment. I agree that I have taken this into consideration when I decided on the best treatment option.
- The likely benefits include the relief of denture problems such as looseness and discomfort and the replacement of missing teeth with fixed crowns and bridges.
- I understand mechanical failure such as fracture or loosening of the implant retained dentures, crowns or bridges may occur. In this event, further clinical attention will be required (such as reattaching or tightening the implant prosthesis) and further fees may be payable. While implants have a very good long term success rates, we have found the crown or bridge or denture attached to the implant can loosen over time due to occlusal (biting) forces and may need re-attaching or tightening.
- Alternative methods to dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth have been explained to me (including, dentures, dental bridges and doing nothing).
Alternatives to dental implant treatment
Implant supported crowns / bridges /dentures
- No treatment, no cost
- Further loss of bone
- Difficulty eating
- Un-aesthetic appearance
- Increased occlusal (biting) force on remaining teeth, which can decrease their survival
- I understand that individuals with a history of gum disease have an increased risk of implant failure and complications such as gum infections around implants.
- I have provided an accurate report of my medical record including any physical and psychiatric disorders, current medication and allergies.
- I understand the success of treatment depends, in part, on the maintenance by me of good oral hygiene around the implants and my remaining teeth. Although implants are made of titanium metal and are therefore resistant to decay, they are still susceptible to gum disease around the implant, peri–implantitis, which can cause the implant to fail if left untreated. They therefore require good on-going hygiene care and regular check-ups. I undertake to arrange regular (once every six months) dental examinations and X-ray examinations of the implants, attend for dental cleaning as may be suggested, and undertake any other maintenance required. If I fail to do so, I release the dentist of any responsibility for future failure of the implant(s).
- Clinical photographs usually form an integral part of our records system. Occasionally we ask our patients if we may use their photographs in our practice publications (internet) and albums as well as in teaching lectures to post- or undergraduate students. If we would like to use yours for this purpose, we will always seek your permission first, whether you are recognisable from the photograph or not. If you specifically would not like us to use your photograph for any reason, please make that clear to us at the outset and we will abide by your wishes.
- The treatment outlined has been estimated to include all likely ancillary items. However, if on commencement of your procedure, it becomes clear that additional treatment is required then we reserve the right to make additional charges. Any additional treatment and associated costs will, of course be discussed with and agreed to by you, prior to commencement.