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Dental Implants

dental-implantsA Dental implant replaces one or more missing teeth. It is a screw made of Titanium screw that replaces the root of a tooth when it fails, and similar to a tooth root it is placed into the jawbone.

Implants are a safe, well-established treatment. It is probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.

The biggest factor that will determine how long your Implants will last is how well you look after your implants and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments. If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort.

You could get all these problems with natural teeth. 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 during the Dental Implant procedure?

The first step is a consultation appointment. The surgeon will perform an examination of your mouth and will measure the amount and quality of bone in the area, assess your oral hygiene, take x-rays and will give you options on which sort of implant you would like.

It may come as a surprise but it is often easier to place an implant than taking a tooth out and is usually performed under local anaesthetic, although your dentist might administer a sedative if you are very nervous or if the case is a complicated one. You should not feel any pain at the time but, just as after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.

At the first treatment appointment, a cut is made in the gum and the screw is placed into your natural bone. Your gum is then sutured, covering the screw.

After your implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to grow around them and fuse to them. This process can take a few months. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are placed for the false teeth to be fitted sooner than this.

If you are having more than one tooth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you already have dentures, you can keep wearing them while your implants are healing. They may require altering to fit properly after the surgery, and a ‘healing cap’ will usually be placed onto the implant site to protect it.

Once the crown is fitted, you can treat the implant like a normal tooth. This includes brushing and cleaning (flossing) between the implant and the adjacent teeth.

It is also possible to use implants to support more than one tooth. I is possible to place 2-4 implants to hold a full set of dentures. By fitting the dentures to implants you will get more stability and it can help improve confidence knowing that the dentures cannot move. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment for your needs

Enquire about our Implants service at our Dental Practice in Billericay, Essex.

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Call now on 01277 658374 to arrange an appointment at our Dental Surgery in Billericay, Essex (near Stock) or to ask us a question.