Dental implants are one of the safest and most effective cosmetic dental procedures when it comes to restoring your smile through tooth replacement. After all, a missing tooth can not only have a huge impact on your self esteem, it can also interfere with all manner of daily activities including talking, eating, and smiling. So, we’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything you need to know about dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a common method used to support one or more false teeth. Used to help restore the look and feel of your smile, a dental implant is a titanium screw that is used to replace the root of your tooth when it fails. Just like your normal tooth, it is placed directly into the jawbone, allowing you to chew, talk, and smile as you normally would do.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Dental implants are widely recognised as a safe, effective, and well-established treatment, which has continued to increase in popularity.
However, how long they last will depend on how well you look after them – just like your normal teeth, if you don’t take good care of your implants, they can develop a harmful coating of plaque.
If left untreated, this can then lead to a whole host of problems including gum infections bleeding, and soreness, as well as general discomfort. Of course, if you look after your implants, you can expect to experience a happy, healthy and attractive smile for years to come!
I still have some of my own teeth – can I still have implants?
There’s no limit on how many teeth you can have replaced using implants. So from one to a full set, dental implants are an effective and accessible solution when it comes to tooth replacement.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
This depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Prior to your treatment, your dentist will carry out a thorough examination in order to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Your dentist will also carry out a number of special tests, designed to find out how much of the bone is still present in your jaw. If tests reveal that there is not enough, or that it is not healthy enough, it may not be possible to place the implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do implants hurt?
Did you know that placing an implant is often a lot easier than taking a tooth out? Carried out using a local anaesthetic, you will not feel any pain during the procedure, however you may experience some level of discomfort post surgery. But don’t worry, this is nothing that can’t be managed using over the counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol.
How long does the treatment take?
In order to manage your expectations, prior to the start of your treatment, your dentist will provide a rough timetable outlining how long your treatment will last, as well as the various milestones.
Usually, the false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 months after the implants are fitted.
What happens next?
Once your implants have been fitted, the bone in your jaw will need time to grow onto the implants and fuse together, a process called osseointegration. This generally takes a few months, however in some cases, it has been known to take longer. If the process is taking longer than it should, your dentist may decide to give the process a helping hand by suggesting a removable bridge or denture.
Are the implant teeth difficult to clean?
No not at all, but it’s really important that you take the aftercare of your implants seriously and you might have to visit a hygienist more often.
Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
The majority of teeth that have been attached to implants can only be fitted and removed by a dentist. However, if you have removable dentures attached to the implants, you will be able to remove them for cleaning.
What if I have an accident?
Just as your natural teeth can be damaged in an accident, dental implants and the teeth they support are also at risk of being damaged.
With this in mind, if you regularly play sports involving contact with moving objects, it’s important that you wear a professionally made mouth guard.
What happens if the implant does not fuse with the bone?
To be honest, this rarely happens, however if the implant does become loose during the healing period, or near after, the implant can be easily removed allowing your jaw to heal.
How much will it cost?
The cost of dental implants is only a little more than the cost of more conventional dental treatments that use crowns and bridges. And, over time, dental implants have been proven to be far more cost effective!
Our implants start from £2500, however there are a number of affordable finance options available if needed.