What are dental implants?
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes, you can have any number of teeth replaces with implants, from one single tooth to a complete set.
How long do implants last?
How well you look after them and whether you go for regular check-ups will have the biggest impact on how long they will last. If you don’t look after them they will develop a coating similar to what you get in neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all of these problems with natural teeth.
Do implants hurt?
Fitting an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time but, you may feel some discomfort the following week.
Can I take my teeth out if they are fixed to implants?
Most teeth attached to implants can only be fitted and removed by the dentist. However, if you have removable dentures attached to the implants, you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.
What about aftercare?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you’ll be shown how to clean them.
Can you see the implants?
Most implants look exactly like natural teeth.