What is an implant?
An implant is an artificial tooth consisting of a root and a natural looking replacement tooth. We use titanium for the root and porcelain to create the tooth.
When would I need an implant?
Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or to replace a tooth that needs extraction. If a gap is left from a missing tooth, not only can it look unsightly but the teeth either side can tip into it over time, causing problems with the bite and, in some cases, gum disease. Whilst partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, implants are usually a much better option since dentures can hasten the loss of remaining natural teeth.
Is fitting an implant comfortable?
As with all dental care, modern techniques are quite comfortable. The initial part of fitting an implant requires surgery to insert the root. This is usually performed with a local anaesthetic but the patient can have sedation if preferred. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness or swelling following the procedure.
Are implants safe – how long do they last?
Implants are tried and tested, they have been used for a long time and are considered very safe. Nine out of ten modern implants will last for at least 15 years.
Can I remove my implants?
Only a dentist can remove implanted teeth unless supported by bars or magnets.
Can everyone have an implant?
Your dentist will examine and take x-rays of the area to be treated, which will indicate whether implant treatment is the best option. Sometimes you may need a bone graft or a procedure called a sinus-lift if the
implant needs additonal support.
How can dentures improve with implants?
Full dentures can be anchored with just a few implants. You will be able to chew more effectively and can avoid covering the palate with a plate. This improves the enjoyment and taste of food.
How do I care for my implants?
Oral hygiene for implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. An implant can last many years provided it is properly looked after. The dentist or hygienist will show you the most effective home care solutions.
Are implants expensive?
Whilst implantology is not the cheapest form of treatment, the improvement in quality of life it offers can be dramatic. Many patients report being more confident and eating more comfortably after they have had implants fitted.
Can my implants be affected by gum disease?
Yes, the gum surrounding the implant is the same as that around your original teeth, so gum disease could occur if your oral hygiene is lacking. You need to maintain good brushing, flossing and interdental cleaning.