Dental implants have been used for decades in order to successfully replace tooth roots and provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth.
Many people suffer from tooth loss during their lifetime and the effects can be devastating on their self-esteem and confidence, as well as the functionality of their teeth. From tooth decay and periodontal disease through to injury or trauma to the teeth which results in tooth loss, there’s a whole host of reasons why people can lose their teeth.
Dental Implants Procedure
A dental implant procedure is performed by a dentistry professional and involves inserting artificial tooth roots in order to replace decayed or missing teeth.
As part of the procedure the implants, which are made from Titanium and other materials, bond with the jawbone in order to imitate the root of a tooth. The creation of this artificial root makes it easier for the dentist to secure your replacement teeth so that they feel stable and look as natural as possible alongside your other teeth.
Replacing a Single Tooth
If you have lost a single tooth due to trauma or decay, replacing it with a single tooth can have impactful aesthetic results. Providing you with long term results, this treatment is aided by a combination of computer-aided design and 3D manufacturing technologies in order to achieve a high impact finish.
Replacing a Several Teeth
Dental implants can also be used in order to replace several teeth and can be replaced with bridgework supported by dental implants. At least two implants are needed to support a bridge. Prior to this procedure, all-natural teeth must be prepared before 3D imaging, software simulations and guided surgery is used to assist with planning and implant positioning.
Who Can Have This Treatment?
Any adult who has lost a tooth or teeth could be a suitable candidate for this treatment however, it’s important that you speak to your dentist first. During an initial consultation, they will assess whether or not you are suitable by conducting an oral examination, looking at your medical history and carrying out X-rays taken to check for suitability.
How Long Does It Take?
Providing that you don’t require a bone augmentation or sinus graft prior to fitting an implant, securing the titanium rod down into the jawbone can take between 1- 2 hours. Once this has been completed, your dentist can then fit a temporary crown.
Prior to your dental implant procedure, you must do the following:
- Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash
- Take any antibiotics prescribed prior to your treatment
- Eat a good breakfast
- Arrange for transportation home if you plan on having oral or IV sedation.
You should also consider clearing the rest of your day following your procedure as although you won’t be in pain, you may feel some discomfort.
During The Treatment
The vast majority of patients do not feel pain during the procedure however, you might feel some pressure or vibration.
After the Treatment
Once your procedure has been completed, you should avoid rinsing your mouth and try not to disturb the surgical site with either your tongue or fingers for the rest of the day. You should also avoid sucking or smoking as this can dislodge blood clots and impact the healing process.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants last an average of 25 years providing that you take good care of them! This means optimum oral hygiene, eating a healthy balanced diet and following the advice of your dentist.
How to Avoid Dental Implant Failure?
Your risk of complications occurring increases if:
- You have poor health
- Received radiation therapy in the past
- Do not follow the aftercare instructions
- Do not take medications as prescribed.
- Have diabetes
With this in mind, you should focus on taking good care of both your health and teeth.