What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the latest method of replacing teeth that are missing or require extraction. They are made of three key components – an anchor, which looks like a screw, that is inserted into the jawbone, a crown that acts as a replacement tooth, and an abutment that secures the two together.
How does the anchor stay in place?
The anchor is made of titanium, which is extremely tough and durable. Once the implant is inserted into your jaw, a process called osseointegration takes place. This is where the bone that surrounds the implant begins to fuse it, strengthening it even further. It is not until this has happened that the replacement tooth will be fitted, but once in place, your new implant will be as secure as a regular tooth.
Will my implant be noticeable?
One of the biggest reasons that people choose implants is for their subtlety. The visible part of your implant – the replacement tooth – will be color-matched so that it is the same as your existing teeth. It is also a permanent fixture, so there is no need for unsightly denture removal and you can eat and drink as normal. Both of these mean that no one need know you have a dental implant unless you tell them.
How successful is the procedure?
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device at around 98%. However, a robust oral hygiene routine is crucial to ensuring their results for the long-term.
Will it hurt?
For many people, the idea of having a metal screw inserted into their jaw is absolutely terrifying. However, anesthesia is used during the procedure meaning that you shouldn’t feel any pain. Some swelling and soreness after
I have more than one missing tooth, can I still have implants?
If you have a single tooth missing, then you will need an implant to support it. However, if you have multiple teeth missing it is often possible for two or more implants to support more than one tooth each. This is often known as an implant-supported bridge and your dentist will be able to advise you if this is a viable option for your personal dental requirements.
How long does the treatment take?
The length of the treatment depends on the extent of the work that you need, but you can expect to make several visits to your dentist’s office over the course of a six-month period. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate treatment timeline based on your personal dental requirements.