A dental implant is becoming an increasingly popular way of replacing missing teeth. They can be used to support one or more false teeth. It is an artificial root made of titanium that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment with proven success rates of over 95% over a fifteen year period. Implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
What happens next?
If you are interested in having a dental implant(s) placed, book in for a free chat with a dentist here to discuss this further.
The following stages outline the sequence of appointments needed for your implant consultation.
- 1. Initial consultation – At this appointment, you will have x-rays, photographs and dental impressions taken. All this information is then put together and assessed to make sure that implants are suitable for you.
- 2. Referral – Once established that your suitable, we would need to make a referral to a local specialist for placement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do implants hurt?
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
Are the implant teeth difficult to clean?
Aftercare is important if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you’ll be shown methods to help you. You may need to visit your hygienist more often but your dentist will be able to talk to you about this.
Are there any other options?
To replace missing teeth you can often consider dentures, bridges or implants. Not all options however are always suitable and all cases have to be assessed individually.
The advantages of dental implants are:
- Implants are fixed to the jaw bone which means that you will not have to remove them like dentures.
- If you have an implant to replace a single tooth, there is also no need to cut down the teeth either side of it. If you had a bridge, your dentist would need to do this and fit crowns to these teeth to support the bridge.