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Dental Implant

Thu Oct. 15th 2015


QWhat are dental implants?

A There are two parts to a dental implant. The first stage is a titanium rod which is inserted through the gum and secured into the jaw bone. The second part is the crown, which is like the top part of your tooth. That is attached to the titanium rod. 

QAre implants safe?How long will they last?

Yes Implants are safe and have been proven to be the most affective way to replace missing teeth. They should last approximately 15years or more. 

QI have some of my own teeth.Can I still have implants?

AYes there is no limitations on how many teeth you wish to replace with implants. You may just need one tooth replaced or you may replace a whole set.

QCan implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

A Like any medical procedure there are always tests to be done to ensure that the client is a good candidate for the procedure. The tests will vary but basically they will show the dentist if the clients jaw bone is in good condition to be able to cope with the operation. If not there may be the option of bone grafting.

QDo implants hurt?

AThe first stage of the implant (inserting the titanium rod) can be  done under a general anaesthetic so at the time no you will not feel a thing. Like any operation you may feel a little discomfort during the week that follows due to the surgery. This is part of the normal healing process and should be easily controlled by mild pain medication.

The second stage (placing the crown), is completely pain free.

QCan I have the new teeth straight away?

A After all tests have been done and you are accepted as a good candidate for the surgery, then you will be booked in for the first stage of the procedure. ( placing the titanium rod). There needs to be time allowed for the rod to fuse to the jaw bone before placing the crown. Depending on which tooth is being replaced will determine the length of time you need to wait. Usually it is between 3 - 6 months. In the interim, if you have dentures you can wear them or, you may receive a temporary crown to compensate for the gap.

QHow long does treatment take?

A A lot depends on the individual case however generally speaking, starting from the initial assessment to the final result you are looking at anything between 5 - 12months.

QAre the teeth difficult to clean?

A It should be no different then cleaning your natural teeth. If there are any problem areas then your dentist will show you the best way to look after your new implant.

QIf I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

A Yes.The same rule applies to your implanted teeth as it does to your natural teeth. Don't smoke and make sure that you clean them properly so that plaque and tarter do not build up to trigger gum disease. Remember gum disease causes bone loss and if you have a titanium rod inserted in your bone then you do not want to loose any of that bone structure that is holding it firmly in place.

QCan I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

AMost artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist.However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.

QDo the implants show?

A No  your implants should not show whilst you are talking, smiling, eating and doing normal movements with your mouth, however when cleaning your teeth you should be able to see them to clean them correctly.

QDo I have an implant for each missing tooth?

A No,if you are having only one tooth replaced then you will have one titanium rod inserted, however if you have several crowns that need replacing you may only need to have two or three titanium rods inserted to support many or more crowns.

QWhat if I get hit in the face?

AImplants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can.However, if the false teeth are damaged and the remnants are left in the bone then they may be more difficult to remove than natural teeth would be.After healing, new false teeth can then be placed alongside the fragments.

QWhat happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

AThis happens very rarely.If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way.Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there.Or, the dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.

QIs the treatment expensive?

A Unfortunately, yes. Getting an implant is definitely not inexpensive by any means. There is a lot involved and the treatment is specialized. That is not to say it is not worth every penny as implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth as you will get and in some cases even better.

QWhere do I get this treatment?

ATalk to your dentist, so you can be referred to a specialist for assessment and treatment.Your dentist may already carry out some or all of this type of treatment and will give you the advice you need.