Dental implants are increasingly accepted as one of the best ways to replace broken or missing teeth. They are essentially tiny titanium posts strategically placed in your jawbones to serve as highly stable anchors for your replacement teeth. Using this popular method to fill in the gaps in your teeth involves surgery.
Here are some of the more common patient queries regarding dental implants:
How Long will Dental Implants Last?
If you take good care of your teeth following your implant treatment, your dental implants can last very long – even a lifetime. First of all, the material used to make the implants and prosthetic teeth are highly durable and able to withstand everyday stresses like biting and chewing. With regular brushing and flossing, you will be able to maintain the health and functions of your dental implants for an indefinitely long period.
Is Dental Implant Surgery Very Complex?
To an experienced dentist, the dental implant surgery is a very common and simple procedure. With improved techniques and dental technology, the treatment is also becoming much less involved for patients. Further, dental implants enjoy a high rate of success – 90-98%, according to the Australian Dental Association. As such it is considered an effective and highly predictable treatment option for replacing missing or damaged teeth.
Depending on how many teeth you require treatment for, the procedure may be divided into three or four phases. The initial visits will usually comprise of inserting the implants and taking measurements of your teeth to make a temporary bridge. The temporary bridge will be worn over your prepared teeth as you wait for the implants to heal. The subsequent visits involve the design, attachment and fitting of the prosthetic teeth to the embedded implants.
Are Dental Implant Procedures Very Painful?
Some post-operative pain is to be expected, as with any surgical procedure. However, many patients report their post-surgery pain as being minimal, requiring pain medication only within the first 24 hours following treatment. In fact, should you experience pain 48 hours after surgery, most dentists will ask you to return to the dentist’s office for a quick check to make sure the healing process is not obstructed in any way at all. If in the unlikely event the pain is caused by an infection, it will be swiftly dealt with.
How Can I Know Whether I am a Candidate for Dental Implant Treatment?
If you are in need of a teeth replacement solution and wish to consider dental implants, the dentist will be able to examine your oral conditions to determine your suitability. The dentist will need to make sure you have the required bone mass to support the implants. For example, you may be deemed unsuitable if you are suffering from a jawbone disease. Pregnant women are also advised against the treatment.
By and large, if you are able to undergo other oral surgeries, there’s a high chance you would be able to handle this particular one. For example, if you have problems coping under general anaesthesia, you may be referred to other non-surgical teeth replacement procedures. In any case, your dentist will be able to advise whether or not you make a suitable candidate.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, dental implants can restore your smile with great success and predictability. To find out more about dental implants contact Quality Dental in North Sydney (02) 9922 1159.