What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a safe, well-established treatment to fit replacement teeth.
Most implants are titanium posts that are used to replace the root of a tooth with a crown or bridge fitted on top. Done well, they can be made to look and feel just like natural teeth.
Why should I get a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a fixed solution for one or more missing teeth, and can help restore both your smile and your quality of life. Implants safeguard your overall dental health. Replacing missing teeth is extremely important, as missing teeth cause bone loss which can age your face, and could potentially cause adjacent teeth to become loose too.
I Have My Own Teeth, Can I Still Get Implants?
You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants - from a single tooth attaching a crown to multiple teeth using a bridge.
Do I Need a Consultation?
To ensure suitability a dentist will undertake an initial consultation to explain the process and discuss your options. An assessment will then be needed to ensure your gums are healthy and that there is enough healthy bone to place the implant.
What’s Involved and Does it Hurt?
Placing an implant is a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic. The procedure involves attaching the implant to the jawbone and, whilst you will not feel any pain at the time, you may feel some discomfort in the days after the procedure.
How long does it take?
The implants will need three to six months to heal and integrate with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for the crown or bridge. Whilst some false teeth can be fitted at the same time as the implant most procedures do take several months to complete. Your dental team will go through a schedule and all your options with you.
How long do implants last?
Much like natural teeth implants should last as long as you care for them and it is just as important to visit your dentist regularly for maintenance and check-ups.
If you would like to find out more about Dental Implants you can book yourself in for a free consultation here at KDP. Just call us on 01505 704969.