Replacing missing teeth with dental implants – all you need to know

14 Mar Replacing missing teeth with dental implants – all you need to know

If you have missing teeth, you might want to consider dental implants as these are a permanent solution to replace lost teeth.

Read on to find out all you need to know about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, a titanium post that is screwed into the jawbone in the space left by a missing natural tooth. Once inserted implants fuse to the jawbone and then permanent replacement teeth can be anchored to them.

Implants can be used to replace one or several teeth.

What are the advantages of implants over dentures?

Three reasons why dental implants are a superior solution to dentures:

  1. Unlike dentures, dental implants are entirely stable which makes them comfortable and just like natural teeth.
  2. Dental implants are much easier to maintain than dentures. You just look after them in the same way as your natural teeth.
  3. Because the titanium implant is placed in the bone, it stimulates bone growth in the same way that a natural root does, maintaining your facial structure. Denture wearers experience bone loss over time.

Can anyone have dental implants?

Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health and bone condition. Your dentist will undertake various tests and examinations to assess you for suitability.

If there is not enough bone or it isn’t healthy enough, bone can sometimes be grafted into the area first.

How long does treatment take?

You’ll typically need to wait between four to twelve weeks for your implant to bond to your jaw before we can fix your permanent replacement teeth to it.

Do dental implants hurt?

Placing an implant is usually done under a simple local anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain at the time. You might feel some discomfort for a few days after the surgery, but over the counter pain relief medication can usually control this.

Are dental implants safe?

Implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material that integrates easily with bone tissue. Dental implant surgery is a safe dental procedure when performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist.

How do I get a dental implant?

If you’d like to find out if dental implants might be an option for you, please give us a call on 01395 225600 to arrange a consultation and initial assessment.