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Dental Implants FAQ

Dental implants are a form of restorative dentistry where an artificial tooth root is fitted to your jaw and used to hold a replacement tooth in place. They are increasingly providing a cost effective solution to tooth loss of all kinds, from extractions to gaps formed when teeth fall out. But do you really know what they are and what they might be able to do for you?

How can I get a dental implant?

 

The implant is fitted by a dentist. It is a simple procedure that involves the implant being drilled into the empty socket at exactly the point at which the replacement tooth will sit. Often a dental implant can be fitted on the same day as a tooth extraction is carried out.

 

Is it safe to have a dental implant?

 

Yes, the process of fitting dental implants is now more advanced than it has ever been. From the materials used, to the fitting itself, the procedure is common and success rates are high.

 

What are the main reasons for getting a dental implant?

 

If you have lost a tooth, a dental implant is potentially beneficial in a number of ways. For example, you’ll be able to avoid the bone loss that can occur when gaps are left for long periods of time and ensure that other teeth don’t start to move. As well as the aesthetic impact of a dental implant, it also ensures you can chew, speak and eat without problems.

 

Are dental implants removable?

 

A dental implant is a permanent solution that is fixed to your jaw. The replacement tooth is then attached to the implant and this tooth is removable. One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they aren’t removable and so don’t require adhesives to keep them in place.

 

How long do dental implants last?

 

There is no lifetime guarantee for dental implants but they are one of the longest lasting types of restorative dentistry. If you look after your dental implants as you would your teeth then you can increase their lifespan and the implants will last for many years without requiring replacement.

 

When should I get dental implants?

 

Dental implants patients cover a very wide range of ages, from young people who have lost teeth through sports, for example to those who are older and have suffered tooth loss in old age. Age isn’t a factor in assessment for dental implants, only the condition of the jaw and whether the implant will be supported.

Why should I get dental implants?

 

There are many reasons why dental implants are a great idea. If you want a natural looking smile that you can be proud of – and be confident about – then dental implants are ideal. They won’t move around or catch food when you eat so your teeth with always look natural and be easy to care for. Plus, with dental implants you can correct any embarrassing issues and create a smile to be proud of.

 

What are dental implants?

 

Dental implants are designed to replace your old tooth root. They are usually made of titanium and shaped as either a cylindrical or tapered post that fits in place where your tooth root used to be. Dental implants are surgically positioned into the jawbone, which makes them very secure. Once the implant is in place then a connector is added to the top and replacement a replacement tooth secured to this to fill gaps that have resulted from tooth loss.

 

What are the advantages of dental implants?

 

The biggest advantage of dental implants is that they provide a simple solution to the issue of tooth loss. Before implants, losing your adult teeth meant a permanent – and embarrassing – gap. Dentures could help but, other than that, there was no permanent, fixed solution to a lost tooth. Now, dental implants mean that you can fill a gap caused by tooth loss with a solution that looks, and can be treated, just like your original tooth. There is no special care regime with dental implants and you don’t have to worry about them slipping or moving – plus dental implants last years if you look after them well.

 

What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

 

When you’re considering any dental procedure it’s always important to know the risks. Although the risks are few with dental implants, like any minor oral surgical procedure there could be pain, inflammation or infection as a result. However, these can be easily managed and your dentist can help you to prepare. Dental implants require strong jawbone that they can be fixed to and if you don’t have this then you may need additional treatments – for most people this is something that can be easily achieved with the advice and support of your dentist.

 

How much do dental implants cost?

 

This varies from practice to practice. If you’d like more information on the costs and process involved in Smile Pad dental implants please get in touch.

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