Dental Implants

Dental implants are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment for anyone seeking the optimal method of replacing missing teeth.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth or denture in place.

Advantages of dental implants
Having replacement teeth fixed securely into your jawbone provides many advantages. They can:

– Eliminate the need for removable dentures altogether
– Eliminate the need to involve adjacent teeth in the construction of a bridge (thereby preserving valuable tooth issue)

Are Implants save? how long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried and tested treatment. 90 per cent of modern implants last for at least 15 years.

Can Implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw.

Do Implants Hurt?
Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation or with a general anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery.

Can i have the new teeth straight away?
Yes.

How long does treatment take?
It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants. A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Yes, if you don’t clean them well enough. If you keep them clean and don’t smoke then you should not have any problems.

Do Implants show?
Your dentist will make sure that the implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth or lips.

What happens if the implant does not bound (integrate) with the bone?
This happens very rarely. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be replaced over there. Or, the dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have “take”.

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