What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant 'tooth' is made up of three main components: firstly, a small titanium screw that is inserted into and fuses with the jawbone; secondly, a post which attaches to the screw; and thirdly, a crown that fits over the post to provide a natural looking tooth that functions well.
Dental implants can be used to replace an individual tooth, or a full set of teeth, both to the top and/or the bottom of your mouth.
Does It Hurt?
This is a question we often get asked, and we can assure you that we have never had a patient tell us that their dental implant treatment was painful.
There may be some inevitable discomfort afterwards, just as you may experience with a tooth extraction, but over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol for a day or two after treatment is enough for most patients.
What are the Benefits of dental implants?
Reduced bone loss - if you lose a tooth, you will be left with a hole where your tooth root used to be and the bone around this area will slowly begin to disappear. This may change the shape of your jaw and can make you look older.
A dental implant can prevent loss of valuable bone structure. Bone loss is a problem for people who have dentures, by having an implant you avoid the need for dentures
Improved function - Once dental implants are integrated into your jaw they function just as well as your own natural teeth and you can eat the foods you want and speak with complete confidence. You will be able to eat the foods that you like and you won't have to worry about loose dentures.
Improved dental hygiene - Unlike bridges and dentures, which require special cleaning instructions and extra attention, dental implants just need regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene appointments just like your natural teeth.
No damage to your natural teeth - When replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared and healthy tooth structure is removed to accommodate a crown or bridge.
By replacing lost teeth with an implant, no support is required by the adjacent teeth, and hence your natural teeth do not need to be prepared or altered in any way.
You will look better - a dental implant should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. Dentures can look un-natural if they do not blend with your gums and some bridges may show a metal line at the edge. Dental implants provide a much better cosmetic and functional end result.
What Are Implants & Teeth Made Of?
Our implants are made from titanium which is clinically proven to fuse with the jaw bone.
Am I Too Old?
Medical health seems to be more of a factor than age in dental implant patients. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extraction, you will probably be healthy enough to receive dental implants.
How Do I Care For My Implants?
You care for your implants in just the same way as you would your natural teeth. You will therefore need to continue going to dentist and hygienist check-ups regularly.
Will My New Teeth Look Natural?
Your new teeth will look and feel like your natural teeth.
What Can I Expect After The Anesthesia Wears Off?
Generally there are no open wounds with implant surgery so healing is quite quick and un-eventful. You can expect some minor discomfort, but that can generally be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or similar medication in prescription strength.
How Long Does It Take To Place Dental Implants?
It depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes less than an hour.