Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Dental Implants are considered to be a great substitute for a natural tooth. They are often favoured by dentists when replacing a tooth or several missing teeth. Their design makes them a permanent solution for missing teeth and will allow you the freedom to enjoy the foods you love without pain. As with most dental treatments we understand you may have several questions surrounding the process. Here we have helped to highlight all the key information you may wish to know before proceeding with a dental implant treatment.
What Are Dental Implants?
If you are missing any teeth, the team may recommend dental implants. They can discuss with you, what they are and how they can act as a great replacement for natural teeth. Dental implants consist of two parts. The titanium component which will be hidden beneath the gum, while the porcelain crown will be matched to the colour of your surrounding teeth and will sit comfortably between your natural teeth.
How are dental implants fitted?
Dental implants are not like crowns or bridges because the surrounding teeth are not affected when an implant is prepared for and fitted.
The process of fitting you with dental implants consists of an initial x-ray to assess the strength of the bone which will be required to support the implant. Sometimes a bone graft may be required to supplement the existing bone if this is too weak. To fit the implant a small incision is made into the jawbone and a hole is drilled into which the metal screw is fitted.
You will then enter a healing period for 3-6 months which leaves time for the implant to fuse to the bone. In this time frame a temporary artificial tooth will be fitted while you wait for a permanent implant. This time allows for your dentist to determine a satisfactory healing process is complete.
Who Is Suitable For Dental Implants?
There are several reasons why we may recommend dental implants, these are:
- If you have a single tooth missing
- If you are missing multiple teeth
- Your dentures are no longer sitting comfortably, and you would like something which feels more natural and secure.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Aside from offering a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants will help you regain confidence in your smile, whilst providing a support and structure for your face and can often take years off your appearance. For those who previously have had trouble with eating due to painful teeth or missing teeth, implants will give you the freedom to enjoy eating again without worry or pain. With implants you won’t need to incorporate extra steps into your daily routine, as regular brushing and flossing is sufficient in caring for your implants. Some other benefits of dental implants include:
- Dental implants restore the strength of your bite
- The procedure has a very high success rate
- A permanent solution to missing teeth
- Comfortable in your mouth
- Dental implants will help to prevent further bone lose
- They look great!
- Implants will help to preserve the natural state of your other teeth
- Minimal risk of infection
Dental implants at Holly House Dental
We can help restore fully functioning teeth with dental implants to allow you to eat, speak and smile with confidence again to regain a better quality of life. If you are considering a permanent solution to missing teeth, get in touch with our team today for more information about dental implants and how we can help you regain a confident smile.