The ways in which your dentist can help you look after your teeth have grown, changed and improved over time, but one particular treatment that’s been as popular now as when it was first introduced in the 60’s is dental implants.
For those that are unfamiliar with this type of procedure, here’s a brief rundown.
Dental implants are essentially a small prosthetic tooth that’s inserted beneath your gum line and into your jawbone. The tooth is normally comprised of either porcelain or ceramic and it’s held in place with a sterile Titanium screw. Over time, the bone it has been inserted into should heal back around the implant site to create a stable and sturdy base for your new tooth that should then be held in place for years to come.
You would normally have this recommended to you if you have any broken, cracked or damaged teeth that can’t be repaired normally and replacing them is the only option. Or, if there’s gaps in your smile that you would like to fill in.
Expectations of treatment
The popularity of this treatment tends to stem from how quick and easy it is to perform, as well as how relatively non-invasive it is.
When you’re first brought in for an appointment with your dentist they will explain the process and they may also take a casting and shading match of the area. This is to allow them to create an implant that will naturally blend in with the surrounding teeth. Then you will undergo minor surgery with a local anaesthetic that should numb the area to limit the amount of discomfort you will feel.
Are there risks?
Like any treatment there are always risks. In this case, they stem from poor maintenance of your implant after leaving the practice. If you have a poor oral health routine there’s a chance that you may contract Peri Implant Mucositis, which is an inflammation and infection of the implant site. This can be particularly dangerous as the bacteria could spread to your jawbone causing it to disintegrate over time if left untreated.
To avoid any potential problems you should clean your dental implant and the rest of your teeth at least once or twice a day if you can. You can brush your new tooth as you would the rest of your mouth but try to not press too hard as this could dislodge or damage the implant. If you floss you should also avoid pulling too deep or hard against your gum line as this will impact your gum’s ability to heal.
Finally, your mouth is going to be pretty sensitive for a while after the procedure so be aware whilst eating any hot or cold meals as you may experience some mild discomfort.
These are just a few interesting facts about dental implants and what they can do for you. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. If you’re curious whether you qualify for them, then just ask at your local practice on your next visit. After all, it’s a simple, easy and fast way to make that smile last.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.