Questions About Dental Implants Answered
Your cosmetic dentist may have recommended dental implants as a treatment option to replacing your missing teeth but you may have many questions and considerations to explore before you decide to embark on this treatment choice.
It is always recommended that you carry out as much research as possible on any cosmetic dental treatments and the same applies to options for replacing your missing teeth so you are fully informed and prepared as to what this dental procedure entails.
Some of your questions about dental implants are answered below:
Am I A Suitable Candidate for A Dental Implant?
Sufficient oral bone density is necessary in order to hold a dental implant securely in place in your mouth and jaw. If you are considering a dental implant as a dental treatment option to replace a missing tooth or teeth, your implant dentist will probably need to take an X ray to check that you have enough bone density to house your dental implant. He will also check other oral structure to get an accurate picture of your mouth and your teeth.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a metal rod, placed into jawbone in order to securely hold in place the replacement artificial tooth. It is usually made from titanium as this allows it be easily integrated into oral bone
Will I need a General Anaesthetic?
No, a general anaesthetic is not usually required. Dental implant surgery can often mbe carried out under local anaesthetic in the dental surgery without having to go into hospital or be asleep for the treatment procedure.
Sedation is an option if you are a nervous dental patient
What Happens During and After Dental Implant Surgery?
The Implant dentist cuts into the gum into which a hole is drilled into the jawbone for the placement of the implant. Once the implant has been placed, the gum and mouth needs time to heal over, which can take several months. When the implant has stabilised and the mouth and gum has healed, the artificial tooth is positioned onto the implant either permanently or semi-permanently to allow for removal and cleaning.
Are there any Complications or Side Effects from having Dental Implant Surgery?
Complications which may arise will be influenced by various factors such as your overall general and oral health and the type of procedure you may have undergone.
Complications can include infection, excessive bleeding or an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic. If this happens, your implant dentist might choose to prescribe antibiotics for you and/or recommend using an antiseptic mouthwash to minimise the risk of infection.
Side-effects are usually temporary and may include some pain, discomfort or swelling around the area where the dental implant has been placed. This is to be expected and should not be a cause for concern unless you experience severe or continued symptoms, in which case, you should contact your dental implant dentist for advice