How Comfortable is the Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implants are an increasingly popular choice for patients with missing teeth, but what’s so special about them and how does treatment work? Here’s a brief guide to implants and the implant procedure:
What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium prostheses designed to take on the role of the missing tooth root. They are placed in pre-drilled sockets in the jaw bone and anchor a new denture, dental bridge or crown, either of which replace the visible part of the tooth. Implants integrate into the bone tissue to give your new tooth the same level of stability as a natural, healthy tooth. As implants are compatible with different restorations, this means that they are a very versatile option and are suitable for patients of all ages with single and multiple missing teeth.
What does treatment involve and how comfortable is the procedure?
Once your dentist has meticulously planned your treatment, the procedure to place the implant(s) will be carried out. Beforehand, we will administer local anaesthetic to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort and you feel calm and relaxed. We are also able to offer treatment under sedation for nervous patients. Before an implant is placed, your dentist will clean and prepare the site and the procedure to place the implant s very simple.
After the procedure, the process of osseointegration takes place. This involves the implant fusing to the bone tissue and it takes between six weeks and six months. Once this stage is complete, the head of the implant is attached to a bridge, crown or denture and your new smile will be ready.
Are implants the best solution for me?
Implants offer a wide range of benefits for patients of all ages, but they may not necessarily be everyone’s first choice. In order to determine if they are a good match for you, why not book a consultation? Our experienced dentists will have a good look at your teeth and examine your mouth to assess your dental needs and then chat to you about dental implants, the pros and cons and the benefits they could offer in your particular case. Possible alternatives include dentures and dental bridges and our dentists will be happy to go through all the options with you to make sure you make the best choice.