Choosing to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery is a big step.
There are so many things you need to consider; the procedure itself, aftercare and what to do if things do not go according to plan.
In modern society, more people are choosing to undergo oral implantsto improve both the strength of their bites and the appearance of their smile. However, despite the growing popularity of this procedure, many people who may benefit from it are too nervous to book the initial appointment.
Therefore, this list comprises of the most commonly asked questions aboutimplants from patients.
What are dental implants?
First and foremost, a dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) screw that is attached to either the upper or lower jawbone. A crown (single tooth), partial bridge or overdentures are then fitted to it depending on the treatment requirements.
The crown, bridges or overdentures are typically made from metal, for the actual teeth and a softer material, like vinyl, for the gum line if it is required for the procedure.
How can they help me?
Firstly, implants are more secure than traditional dentures, so they can grasp and bite food with a lot more strength, allowing you to consume harder foods like apples.
They also protect bone; when you lose a tooth or teeth, the bone underneath can recede and lead to bone loss. Implants protect the jawbone and promote restoration of any lost bone too.
Also, as they look just like natural teeth, they will undoubtedly boost your confidence too, without you having to worry about them falling out!
Will the fitting hurt?
This is one of the most common concerns about having implants fitted.
Luckily, those who have undergone the procedure have reported that having a root canal or an extraction is more uncomfortable, so essentially, the discomfort caused by having implants fitted is minimal.
However, if post fitting you are worried about the amount of pain you are experiencing, please seek medical attention.
Will they need replacing?
In dentistry, it is common for ‘permanent fittings’ like fillings to fall out, meaning a replacement is needed.
Implants are different; as they are fitted to the jaw line and are made of tough metal, they will not require replacing. Provided they are cared for and maintained, they should last the rest of your life.
However, like crowns and bridges, they may require repairs from time to time so as always, it is best to visit your dentist regularly.
Do they need special care?
Implants need maintenance, you cannot have them fitted and then forget about them.
Maintenance of implants generally involves keeping up your regular dental routine, such as brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing. If you do not keep them clean, plaque and deposits may build up which can lead to gum disease.
After you have had implants fitted, it is advised that you visit your dental hygienist regularly, to keep your implants healthy.