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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How implants work?
The bone is gently uncovered and a space is carefully created using a small series of drills. The titanium implant is then placed into this space. Often a temporary crown, bridge, or denture may be placed at this stage until the gum and bone heal.
Over the following months, the bone fuses to the implant, making it a suitable fixture to attach the permanent crown, bridge, or denture, which is custom made according to your needs, preferences, and existing teeth.
It may sound daunting but the entire operation is less stressful than a filling. Pay us a visit and discuss options available for you to fit your mouth and budget.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
On the whole, dental implants are suitable for the majority of patients – providing you are in good health. If you suffer from diabetes or are a heavy smoker you are at a greater risk of developing gum disease or infections following surgery. Therefore we may suggest an alternative treatment for you.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene after the procedure to help with the recovery process. If they aren’t cleaned properly, your implants can develop a coat of residue, much like plaque builds on our natural teeth. If this happens it could lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and discomfort.
Overall, strong healthy gums and jawbone are the main factors to take into consideration when we decide if dental implants are suitable for you.
What are the benefits of Dental Implant Surgery?
Among the many advantages to getting dental implants are:
Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel more natural than dentures. Because they fuse with your jawbone, they become permanent. Eventually, you won’t even notice them.
Improved speech. Dentures can slip in your mouth, become loose, and make talking clearly very difficult. Dental implants, on the other hand, replace your teeth without requiring any sort of daily adjustments.
Improved comfort. Once you’re used to the feel of your new dental implants, they are naturally a part of you!
Easier eating. No more having to worry about not being able to eat your favorite foods! Since dental implants are fused into your jaw, they work just like regular teeth.
Working teeth are not affected. With a tooth-supported bridge, nearby healthy teeth have to be reduced to support your replacements. However, dental implants do not affect working teeth, improving your overall oral health. Plus, it’s easier to brush between individual implanted teeth.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
What is involved in the fitting of a dental implant?
In a straight forward case the insertion of an implant will take around 15 minutes.
If necessary, it is possible to extract an existing tooth and fit your new implant immediately. This will however, depend on the tooth we are working on and the condition of your gums.
What if I have had issues with gum disease?
If you have suffered with gum disease in the past you may now have lower bone density. Don’t despair as there are a number of ways in which we could improve the situation.
Bone grafts and sinus lifts can both be used to help rebuild any missing bone. Do be aware though – if procedures such as these are required, healing will need to take place before your implants are fitted.
Will it hurt?
Implants are normally fitted under a local anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain during the procedure, although you may experience some discomfort in the days and weeks afterwards. If you are particularly nervous or your case is more complex, then a sedative can be used. Overall, placing an implant is generally easier than removing a tooth.
During the recovery time a temporary restoration (or full dentures) can be worn if required.
Every patient is unique and your requirements will be discussed with you prior to commencement. Long term care is vital and regular check-ups and other maintenance will be scheduled as required.
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