What are dental implants?
A dental implant is used to support one or more artificial teeth. It’s a titanium screw that replaces the root of a tooth when it goes bad. The same as a temporary tooth root, it’s placed into the jawbone.
Are implants safe and how long will they survive?
Dental Implants are a safe & secure treatment. It is probably fair to say that implants, akin to natural teeth, will endure for as long as you care for maintain them.
If you do not care after your implants they will develop a coating like what you get on natural teeth. Left uncared for properly, this may result in gum disease, bleeding, bleeding and general distress. You could get all those issues with natural teeth.
If your implants have been well looked after, you can expect them to last for many years. However, as with other surgical implants there’s not any lifetime guarantee.
Can implants are often used to replace missing teeth?
It depends upon the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for any variety of special tests to discover the quantity of bone still there. If there’s insufficient, or if it is not healthy enough, it might be impossible to put implants without grafting bone to the region first.
Do implants hurt?
Putting an implant is often simpler than taking out a tooth and is usually done with a simple local anaesthetic. You won’t feel any pain at the time however, just like following an extraction; you may feel some discomfort during the week after the operation.
How long does the treatment take?
Your dental team will have the ability to offer you a rough schedule before the treatment begins.
Some false teeth can even be fitted at exactly the exact same time as the implants (these are known as ‘immediate implants’). Check with your dental team to find out whether these are acceptable for you. Normally the false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 weeks after the implants are placed in. Occasionally treatment takes more and your dental team will have the ability to speak to you about your treatment period.
Are the implant teeth hard to clean?
No. But aftercare is important when you will have a long-lasting, effective implant. Your dental team should provide you detailed advice on the best way best to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is not any harder than cleaning natural teeth. However, there might be areas that are hard to reach and you will be shown how to wash them. You might need to go to your hygienist more frequently but your dental team will have the ability to speak with you about this.
Where can I get this treatment?
Speak with your dentist. They may already carry out some or all sort of treatment, and will provide you the advice you want. Or they may refer you to an experienced ‘implantologist’ for evaluation and treatment.