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Q. What are dental implants?
A. Well, a dental implant refers to a metal rod made of titanium that is fixed to your jawbone. It is made use of to prop up one or more fake teeth. The fake teeth as well the rods that support them are called ‘implants’ in dentistry.
Q. Are implants safe?
A. Now implants are a popular and highly proven treatment. About ninety percent of current implants have a life-term of fifteen years approximately.
Q. I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
A. Certainly. Implants can be employed to replace as many teeth as you wish – from a solitary tooth to an entire set of teeth.
Q. Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
A. Well, this is based on the jaw’s bone condition. The Baker Street dentist will call for a series of special tests in order to determine how much bone is still present. In case it is inadequate or is not sufficiently strong, then fixing implants is virtually impossible unless bone grafting in that area is first carried out.
Q. Do implants hurt?
A. Minor surgery is required to fix the implants. This can be done under general anesthesia or by administering local anesthesia with sedation. At that time you may not experience any pain, but a week after the operation you may experience some distress. This is normally on account of having stitches and the regular process of healing.
Q. Can I have the new teeth straight away?
A. This is not possible. Once the implants have been fixed, they haveto fuse or merge with the bone. Now, lower jaw implants take not less than three months and upper jaw implants take about six months to bond. In case you need to have around one to three teeth replaced, then you have to wear a provisional restoration in the interim period. But if you wear complete dentures, then they can be put on all through the healing process after adjusting them following the operation.
Q. How long does treatment take?
A. From the first examination till the time dentures or false teeth are ultimately fixed it takes around twelve months. But, in case just your lower jaw is treated, then it may simply take about five months.
A great deal is based on the complexity of your treatment. Your London dental implant dentist will give you a schedule after the completion of surgery.
Q. Are the teeth difficult to clean following dental implants in London?
A. To clean around teeth fixed to implants is as easy as cleaning original teeth. But, you could face problem areas and your Baker Street Dentist will display to you helpful techniques.
Q. If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
A. Certainly, if you do not look after them very well. But if you maintain them cleanly and cut out smoking, then there should not be any difficulty.
Q. Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
A. Well, the majority of false teeth fixed to implants can be put in and taken out only by your dentist. On the other hand, if you wear complete dentures attached to dental implants by way of bars, then you can remove them for cleaning purposes.
Q. Do the implants show?
A. Your dentist will ensure that the dental implants are not conspicuous in the course of all mouth and lip movements. However, in order to thoroughly clean them you should be capable of making them out.
Q. Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
A. This is not done unless you want to have just one tooth restored. Usually, 5 or 6 implants are made use of in case each and every tooth in a jaw has to be replaced since a single implant can normally prop up two teeth. In case you have just a few teeth missing, then 2 or 3 dentals implants may be employed.
Q. What if I get hit in the face?
A. If you meet with an accident, implants as well as the teeth they hold up can suffer injury just like natural teeth. But, in case artificial teeth suffer injury and bits and pieces are left behind in the bone, it becomes very hard to extract them as compared to natural teeth. Once healed, new artificial teeth can be fixed next to the remnants.
Q. What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
A. Now this seldom occurs. In case implants become slack in the healing process or right after, then they can be taken out without any difficulty and the healing happens very naturally. After the jaw is completely healed it is possible to fix another implant there. Alternatively, the dentist can create a bridge by making use of the implanted artificial teeth that have been removed.
Q. Is the treatment expensive?
A. Regrettably, yes. But in most cases, the treatments costs are marginally more than the traditional treatment using bridges and crowns. In addition, there are certain benefits. A dental implant for a single tooth replacement does away with the requirement to chip away the teeth on both sides for crowns to hold up a bridge. Having regular dentures often denote you are unable to talk or eat very well because the dentures tend to shift. In case of teeth fixed to implants, this problem does not arise.
Q. Where do I get this treatment?
A. You can consult your London dental implants dentist who may refer you to an expert for examination and treatment. The Baker Street dentist may conduct a few or all of such kinds of treatment and can give you valuable advice.
Always remember to find out the details of the treatment recommended, how experienced the dentist is in this area of expertise, the expenses involved in treatment and the options available.
If you are not satisfied with the response to any of the queries, you can always consult someone else to be doubly sure. Since you will be investing plenty of time, money and effort, you must ensure that you realize what the outcome of the treatment will be.
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