Dental implants are an increasingly popular method replacing lost teeth. They have a justifiable reputation for stability and longevity, providing patients with a solution which should last a life time with the right care.
A dental implant allows a false tooth to be secured in a socket that is securely housed on the jaw bone. Made from titanium, dental implants are placed beneath the gum against the jaw bone. Over time a process called osseointegration will occur whereby the implant will fuse with the bone. As such, dental implant surgery is invasive and requires local anaesthetic.
Once the implant has been placed and the area has healed, a false tooth can be screwed into it. This false tooth can then support other replacements in a bridge or can exist as a stand alone pontic amongst other natural teeth.
It is possible now for dentists to replace a whole set of teeth using strategically placed dental implants. The acrylic replacement teeth are incredibly realistic looking and durable. If the surgery is successful then there is no chance of them slipping or coming free and patients can look forward to a life time of effective use of their mouth.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It's probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
How well you look after your implants - and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments - will have the biggest impact on how long they last.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
Depending on the condition of the bone in your jaw, we will arrange for a number of tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn't healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Does the implant procedure 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 you may feel some discomfort during the week after surgery.