All you need to know about Dental Implants
What are they?
Dental implants are small metal posts or frames that are attached to your jawbone underneath your gums. When they’re in position, they allow your dentist to attach replacement teeth to them.
Why do people need them?
Quite often, dental implants are used when people have lost their original teeth due to gum disease. They can also be used to fill unsightly gaps and preserve a youthful appearance. This is because when you have gaps in your teeth, the skin on your face can start to sink inwards, making you look older.
How do they work?
Implants fuse to your jawbone and support artificial teeth without them moving around in the same way that dentures do. They can also be much more comfortable than other tooth replacement options and no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down for them to work.
Can I get implants?
In order to receive dental implants, you need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, so you will want to ensure that you keep them very clean and look after them well.
To see whether you’re a candidate for dental implants, get in touch with your dentist who will be able to examine your smile and advise on a course of action.
Although implant dentistry has been around for decades, there is now an abundance of modern technology that can assist in the process. From digital imaging equipment to 3D CAD/CAM software and computer tomography, you can often see the results of your treatment before you’ve even started.
What happens during the procedure?
Your dentist will make a small incision in the gum and place the implant into the jawbone using a screw. When the implant is in place, the gums are sutured using stitches. The implant usually heals for around three to six months, before an extension is added on to the metal post that will serve as the base for the new tooth. When the process is complete, the dentist will need to check everything over and ensure it’s all working as it should.
Does the process hurt?
Although the dental implant process sounds painful, like most dentistry – it uses local anaesthetic. You shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery, but may feel some slight discomfort around your chin, cheeks and underneath the eyes for a few days.
To find out more information on dental implants at JDRM Dental Care please call us today on 01530 811 303.
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