Your smile is one of your best features and it’s one of the first things that a person will notice about you. And we all know that it’s good to smile! So, if you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, it’s inevitable that you will want to improve it. One of the most common cosmetic procedures includes using dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Considered to be one of the most effective ways of giving your smile a new lease of life, implants have been used by dentists for more than 30 years, making it one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.
But are implants safe? We’ve created a guide to treatment, which should put your mind at rest…
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are typically made from titanium – a biocompatible material that serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. This is because your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant. This process is also known as Osseo integration.
Did you know that placing an implant into your mouth is often far easier than taking a tooth out?
Performed under a local anaesthetic, the procedure is relatively painless, although you may experience some level of discomfort just after the extraction, as well as the week after surgery. This can usually be managed by using simple, over the counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol.
When it comes to performing this procedure, there are a number of ways that that the implant can be strategically placed. However, one of the most commonly used surgeries involves making a small incision in the gum in order to expose the bone and a special drill is then used to gently shape the implant site – it’s certainly not as daunting as it sounds!
What Happens Next?
The implant is then carefully inserted into the bone and the gum is then sewn up to allow for a period of healing. A second procedure is then required to uncover the implant, whilst giving your dentist the opportunity to construct the crown.
Once your implant has been fitted there is a small risk of swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection, however these risks can be minimised by the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication at the time of your surgery, so it’s nothing to worry about.
Of course, how well your implants take to your mouth will depend on how well you look after them! With this in mind, it’s crucial that you attend regular maintenance appointments as, if you don’t look after your implants, they could develop a coating similar to what you would experience on neglected teeth.
This could then ultimately lead to a catalogue of issues including gum infections, bleeding, soreness, and general discomfort!
If you look after your dental implants, you can expect to have a happy, healthy and attractive smile for years to come – however, it’s important to point out that just like a hip replacement, there is no lifetime guarantee!
Why should you invest in dental implants?
Above all, dental implants are one of the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth, allowing you to experience teeth that feel, look, and work naturally.