Whether your dentist has recommended dental implants o you’re wondering if you should enquire about them because you have a missing tooth or teeth, you may have a few questions. We’ve compiled a list of questions asked by many of our patients, and we hope they’ll help you to understand the process of getting implants better.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Most people think of implants as being the whole tooth replacement, but in fact, an implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone. Over time, it fuses with the bone, forming a foundation for a replacement tooth.
What if I Don’t Have an Implant?
Your jawbone depends on regular stimulation to retain its integrity. If it doesn’t get that, the jawbone begins to shrink away. This affects the alignment of your other teeth and makes you more prone to oral health problems later on.
Will an Implant be Right for Me?
There’s a very good chance that it will. However, you should see your dentist to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. If you have left a missing tooth for a long a time, the bone may already have degenerated, and we may have to perform bone grafting before we can begin.
Will I need a General Anaesthetic?
Implant placement is a form of surgery, but a very minor one. We don’t need to place you under general anaesthesia for the procedure. It’s performed in the dentist’s surgery and doesn’t usually take more than hour.
How Long Will it be Before I get my New Tooth?
Implants need time to settle in and fuse with the jawbone. The specific amount of time you’ll need depends on individual factors, and your dentist will be best able to tell you how long you need to wait for your implant to be ready for a replacement tooth.
What’s the Success Rate for Dental Implants?
It is very rare for dental implant procedures to fail. A maker of implants found that over 92 percent of its implants successfully integrated with bone after placement. Thus, implant failure is not unheard of but is unusual to say the least.
Do Teeth Based on Implants Require Special Care?
Once a replacement tooth is attached to an implant, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. It doesn’t require any special attention. Simply brush and floss as if you were taking care of a natural tooth.
Are Implants a Permanent Solution?
Just like normal teeth, the tooth that goes onto an implant can break. However, the implant itself is perfectly safe. There are records of patients with 40-year-old implants that are still as strong as ever. We can therefore say that they are a permanent solution.
See Your Dentist for Answers That Fit Your Unique Circumstances
You may have a few additional questions about implants. For example, if your teeth have already begun to move to fill a gap caused by a missing tooth, you might wonder whether you’ll still be able to get a successful implant.
Your dentist is the best person to answer questions in context, so if you’re considering implants, you’ll get individualized advice after your dentist has examined you. It all starts when you pick up the phone to make your appointment. Get the information you need to make a good decision.