Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular treatment, offering patients a permanent solution for missing teeth. They essentially perform the job of a natural root following tooth loss, supporting any replacement teeth later fitted. The implant itself is placed into a carefully drilled socket in the jawbone and likely has a screw thread or post for the replacement tooth to be fitted onto.
As with all dental treatments, the longevity of an implant’s success largely depends on the patient maintaining good oral hygiene and following the aftercare programme that will be provided. Regular check ups will become even more important so the dentist can see how well the bone is fusing and healing – a process that can take several months.
Not looking after implants can lead to infection, or further decay of the surrounding teeth and gums, and even bone loss in the jaw itself. Smoking also affects implants so the best course of action is to not smoke at all, though this should be discussed with your dentist prior to any treatment.
Patients who are given implants will be provided in-depth information and guidance on how to brush and floss, along with any other advice for oral hygiene practises. They will also be recommended to see their hygienist on a regular basis so as to assist with further check ups and cleaning.
Smile Pad offers conventional dental implant treatment as well as a new technology called Mini or Midi implants. Before any treatment is carried out, all patients undergo an in depth evaluation where they will be advised on the best options for them.