Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are artificial tooth roots anchored within the jawbone, subsequently crowned with a replica tooth. They fill the void left by lost, missing, or extracted teeth. The versatility of dental implants extends beyond individual tooth replacement, as they can be employed to support permanent restorations involving multiple teeth.
Remarkably, dental implants can even improve dentures, ensuring better stability or buttress an entire jaw’s worth of teeth. Nevertheless, for the well-being of dental implants, a trifecta of conditions is vital: healthy gums, robust bone density, and meticulous oral hygiene practices. Regular dental check-ups are vital dental implants’ long-term health and aesthetics.
Absolutely. Dental implants excel at replacing single teeth without any repercussions on neighbouring teeth. An implant offers a stronger alternative to traditional bridges or removable dentures.
A dental bridge necessitates grinding healthy teeth adjacent to the gap to support the replacement tooth. These supporting teeth must now bear the brunt of the missing tooth’s function. In terms of longevity and aesthetics, a single implant often proves easier to maintain and more visually pleasing than bridges. Additionally, if one of the support teeth in a bridge encounters issues, it could adversely affect the entire structure.
Dental implants have a long term history of use, with ongoing technological advancements. They are now sophisticated devices placed by highly trained professionals and are among the most dependable methods for replacing missing teeth.
While discomfort levels may vary from person to person, most individuals find the dental implant procedure less uncomfortable than they anticipated. The procedure involves using safe yet potent anesthesia to ensure you feel minimal to no discomfort. Employing gentle techniques in a sterile environment minimises infection risks. We may prescribe pain medication post-surgery, although many patients find it unnecessary.
The timeline for a dental implant procedure hinges on several factors, including your dental health, the specific teeth being replaced, the number of teeth involved, the need for tooth extraction before implant placement, and the required jawbone support.
Typically, we allow around three months for an implant to fully integrate into the jawbone before it can withstand biting forces. If tooth extraction is necessary beforehand, an additional 6-8 weeks may be required before implant placement. Consequently, the entire process can span three to nine months, potentially longer if bone grafts are needed before implantation.
Dental implants, like any surgical procedure, pose a slight risk of infection, pain, and inflammation. However, such complications are infrequent and usually minor when they do occur. Your dentist will discuss how these risks can be managed in your specific case.
Additionally, if insufficient bone is available for implant placement, you might require a bone and gum grafting procedure, potentially increasing treatment costs.
Why choose Dental Off Chapel for implant treatment?
At Dental Off Chapel, we can manage nearly all implant cases in-house. This means we can guide you seamlessly from your initial consultation through surgical procedures to the final tooth restorations.
In the rare instance where a more complex situation necessitates the involvement of an external specialist for implant placement, rest assured that we will continue to coordinate your treatment and oversee the final restorations. Our commitment to comprehensive care ensures your dental implant journey is as smooth and successful as possible.