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Dental Implants

What are dental Implants and what is Involved?

Dental implants offer patients with missing teeth an excellent alternative to dentures or bridgework. A dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with metal (titanium) screws positioned in the jawbone and provides a secure post to anchor artificial teeth on to that both look and function as real ones.

Additionally, dental implants improve oral comfort and speech in a way that traditional dentures do not and patients often comment about how much their confidence improves after implant surgery.
Dental implants allow for the replacement of multiple teeth without affecting any adjacent structures and can be used to support a bridge and eliminate the need for removable partial dentures. Implants can help preserve the integrity of your mouth and face by supporting gum, cheeks, lips and jawbone structures.

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Am I a suitable candidate for this treatment?

Dental Implants are suitable for people of all ages who desire a permanent solution to missing teeth who no longer want to wear dentures or use a temporary fixture. There is no upper age limit either providing you are committed to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and you have the required amount of healthy bone present in your jaw. However, if you do not have enough healthy bone, this does not contraindicate an implant treatment as it is possible to rebuild the bone in your jaw.

Are there any risks or side effects to consider?

Side effects following Implant surgery are usually minimal and any discomfort can be managed well with regular over the counter pain relief, however if pain doesn’t improve after around five days you should contact your dentist for some further advice. Do bear in mind that it takes between three and six months to completely heal following implant surgery. While pain and swelling are common after surgery, do keep an eye out for complications that may develop such as; Infection, allergic reaction or movement

What aftercare is required?

Practice excellent oral hygiene. Just as with your natural teeth, keep implants, artificial teeth and gum tissue clean. Specially designed brushes, such as an interdental brush which slide between teeth can help to clean the nooks and crannies around teeth, gums and metal posts.

Visit your dentist regularly – Implant patients are advised 4 dental check-ups per year so make sure you are scheduling your appointments correctly to ensure the health and longevity of your implants.

Avoid damaging habits such as chewing down on hard items which can crack or break crowns (and natural teeth). Also, avoid staining products such as cigarettes, coffee and red wine and ensure you ask your dentist for some advice if you grind your teeth.