Dental implants blend perfectly with your natural teeth whilst improving the appearance of your smile and restoring your ability to chew with ease.
Who can benefit from a dental implant?
Anyone who is missing a tooth can benefit from a dental implant. Unlike a dental bridge, which uses neighbouring natural teeth for support, dental implants are anchored using an implant that is placed directly into your jawbone. As a result of this, dental implants are exceedingly robust and durable whilst remaining natural-looking.
Prior to carrying out any treatment, your dentist will need to check whether or not you will be suitable for a dental implant. They will perform an assessment to confirm if you have a sufficient jawbone to support one. If your jawbone is too soft or not thick enough, it won’t be able to support an implant. There are some other health issues that might rule you out, but on the whole, there are few reasons as to why dental implants might not be right for you.
If you are deemed suitable for further treatment, you’ll undergo a procedure similar to that which unfolds during the application of implant retained dentures. This will allow your dentist to secure the implant to your jawbone.
Once your implant is healed, and your bone has fully fused around it, you will be ready to attend your final appointment. The healing process usually takes 3-6 months. When you’re ready, a crown will be fitted and you’ll be able to smile with confidence again.
For your comfort, the implant will be fitted under local anaesthetic. You may experience some mild discomfort whilst the implant heals and the bone fuses around it, but this should be minimal and can be eased with over-the-counter medicine. Some people even claim that extractions are more painful than implants, so if you’ve had an extraction before, you might not have much to worry about.
As long as you practise good dental hygiene and take care of your teeth, a dental implant may last for decades.