Frequently Asked Questions at 7oaks Clinic

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a specialist fixture made from titanium that is rooted in the jaw bone. A crown, which resembles and functions as a tooth, is then attached to the dental implant. So, dental implants act as a supporting structure and essentially replace the roots of missing teeth.


Where is the clinic located?

The 7oaks Clinic is located in Sevenoaks. The full address is: 7oaks Clinic, 55 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JF.


What are the opening hours at the practice?

The opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm.

Am I suitable for dental implants?

If you are in good health and want to replace your missing teeth you are likely to be suitable. Bone is required to provide the anchorage for the implants. Some people are missing all of their teeth and most of those are excellent candidates for dental implants, but today, we also use implants to replace removable dentures, missing single or multiple teeth.


How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for a lifetime if well taken care of. In the same way as natural teeth, it is important to observe good dental practices to best ensure their longevity, whereas poor dental health can lead to a shorter duration for dental implants.


How long will the treatment take?

On average there are 3 to 4 visits. The time span for a typical treatment plan is around 4 months. More complex cases can take longer.


Does the dental implant procedure hurt?

No, it isn’t painful. Our staff use a local anaesthetic that numbs the gums where the dental implant will be placed and fixed to deliver a treatment experience that is altogether pleasant for the patient.


What happens if my implant fails?

We will remove the implant, wait for a few weeks for the socket to repair and then place another implant, sometimes with a slightly larger width implant. In the majority of cases this works perfectly. Implant failure rates are generally between 1-1.5% and certainly not common place.


What are the payment options at 7oaks clinic?

We now have a monthly payment option for patients who prefer not to pay the full cost of their dental implant treatment all at once. 

Patients can apply for finance and spread the cost of their treatment over a 12 to 60 month period at 9.9% APR. If interested, you can freely express your interest with any of our staff at our clinic in Sevenoaks. They will then take the steps to facilitate this option with our payment plan partner, Chrysalis Finance.

Will I have gaps in my teeth whilst waiting for the implant crowns?

In most situations, patients leave the practice wearing temporary teeth the day the implants are placed. Every patient and procedure is evaluated separately and there might occasionally be a recommendation that a patient go without temporary teeth for a short time.


What is the success rate of dental implants?

This depends very much on where in the mouth the implants are placed, and the loading they experience under function. The success rate at 7oaks Clinic is 98%.

Can dentists refer 7oaks for dental implants for their patients?

Yes, we offer dentists the opportunity to refer their patients for implant treatment at our clinic. Patients will receive expert advice, planning and treatment by a highly qualified team in a dedicated environment. 


What are the alternatives to dental implants?

Bridges and dentures are the other dental treatments commonly used to replace missing teeth. We outline these treatments and their impacts in an article found here, even though we do not offer these treatments at our Sevenoaks clinic.

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that screws on top of an implant, and is the visible part of the implant. It’s a permanent solution, and once it’s fixed in place, a crown should look, feel and function just like any other tooth.


What if I have lost multiple teeth?

In the event that a patient requires multiple dental implants, a bridge is utilised, allowing a full restoration of the smile and chewing whilst using a minimal number of implants. Our multiple dental implant treatments use the same implant fixtures as for a single tooth, but require fewer of them as not every tooth needs to be individually replaced for the bridge to function.