Dental implants have become one of the most effective means of replacing missing teeth. With the help of a skilled and qualified dentist, you can restore your smile with this simple procedure.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants consist of a titanium anchor. They are inserted into the jaw as a replacement for missing teeth roots. Through a process known as osseointegration, the bone surrounding the teeth grows and gets attached to the implant, thus securing them.
Why are dental implants used?
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. The teeth may be missing as a result of tooth decay, gum disease, an accident, or root canal failure. The implant may be attached to artificial teeth (replacement cap or crown) to anchor them to the jawbone. Implants may also be used to anchor dentures or a bridge to the jawbone where multiple teeth are missing.
Do I qualify to have dental implants?
In order to have an implant, you must be healthy enough to undergo tooth extraction. This means that your general health must be good. You should also have enough bone tissue in your jaw for insertion of the anchor.
Do dental implants look natural?
Dental implants are a popular solution for missing teeth because they look and feel just like natural teeth. Finding a qualified and skilled dentist to carry out the procedure will ensure good results.
How long does dental implant surgery take?
The surgery is carried out in several steps. The overall time taken to complete the procedure is dependent on the patient. It can take up to several months to complete.
How long do the dental implants last? Will I have to replace them?
Implants last for several years once they have successfully fused to the bone. Many patients have had implants for well over 40 years.
What can I eat after dental implant surgery?
It is important to ensure that you avoid exposing the surgical site to food after the surgery. Eat soft foods that are nutritious and stay hydrated. Talk to your dentist about specific instructions on the best diet to follow for better care of the implants during the healing period.
Is dental implant surgery expensive?
The cost of implants depend on the work involved. For example, dental implants that will be used for fixing bridgework are more expensive than those used for the replacement of a missing tooth. However, implants are more cost effective over time as they do not need special care or replacement.
Is the procedure safe?
Yes. Under the care of a qualified and skilled dentist, you do not have to worry about complications.
Is the surgery painful?
No. A local anesthesia is administered just the same as when filling teeth. You will not feel anything.
What does dental implant surgery involve?
- The jaw is prepared for the implantation by creating a small hole in the jawbone.
- The hole is slightly widened to accommodate the screw for the implant.
- The implant is placed in the hole. A protective cover screw may be used on the top to allow the site to heal more quickly.
- Osseointegration (fusing of the bone to the screw) is allowed over time. A temporary crown and abutment may be placed with the implant.
Does my age matter?
No, there are no age restrictions.
Is there a treatment available for implants that have failed?
Implant failure is rare. However, if it does occur, the implant may be replaced with another one.
Are there any benefits of using dental implants?
- Better appearance (implants look natural)
- Increased confidence
- Implants prevent further loss of bone tissue in the jaw
- Implants do not have to be removed like bridges or dentures
- Improved comfort when chewing food