It’s understandable to have anxiety and nerves when it comes to dental implants because of the procedure it involves. But implants are safe, have been established for many years and are a great replacement for missing teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that replaces the root of a tooth and is placed into the jawbone. It isn’t something that will happen in one appointment either, as it all depends on the strength of your jawbone. Implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or even a whole set of teeth.
Your dentist will carry out a few tests to see how much bone is still left in your jaw. If there isn’t enough, then you may need a bone graft into the area otherwise the implants may not be placed.
Once your implants have been placed the bone in your jaw needs time to fuse onto them, which takes a few months. Depending on the number of teeth you have replaced, you may be given a temporary denture. The whole process usually takes three to four months – from getting the implants placed to getting your false teeth attached.
After the implants have successfully fused to your jaw bone, your dentist will fit the crown or bridge onto the implant or implants – depending on what type of treatment you are having.
How long the dental implants last depends entirely on how well you look after them. If you go for regular appointments to maintain them then they will last longer, too. Your dentist should give you detailed advice on how to look after them, but cleaning around the implanted teeth is the same as cleaning your normal teeth.
Implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth. Once the process is complete, you will be able to eat and drink as normal. If properly cared for, your implants can last a lifetime.
Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.