Dental implants are an increasingly popular choice for tooth replacement, with many people opting for dental implants over other dental solutions.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace missing teeth. They are formed of titanium screws that fix into your jaw and an artificial tooth that sits on top in the gap. The titanium attaches to the jawbone, leaving the patient with a highly effective tooth replacement. Dental implants can last a lifetime when cared for correctly.
These implants are sturdy, durable and long-lasting, which means you will notice no difference from your natural teeth.
Dental implants are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who has healthy gums.
Dental Implants – The Process
You should book a consultation with a dental specialist, such as Welling Corner, if you are considering dental implants. Your mouth and teeth will be assessed, and X-rays will be taken. The health of your jaw and bones will be examined to confirm they can support an implant. You will then receive a quote and estimated timescale. You will also be informed of any preparatory things you need to do before the process begins.
If you have broken or rotten teeth, they will be removed to make space for the implant. Fitting the implant will be done under a local anaesthetic, causing mild discomfort, at most, but no pain. An incision is made in the gum, and a tiny hole is drilled into your jawbone. The implant is carefully fitted into this hole.
Once the implant is finished, it is a case of waiting for it to fuse with the surrounding bone. This part of the process can take anything from six weeks to six months. Your artificial tooth will be created while you wait for the implant to fuse.
Recovery and Aftercare
You may have some mild discomfort and pain following the procedure. This could include swelling, aching and tenderness, and will settle once the implant begins to fuse. During this time, try to eat softer foods. Your dentist may provide an antiseptic mouthwash to ensure the area is kept as clean as possible.
You should clean your dental implants the same way you clean your regular teeth, and following the process, you should have check-ups a little more frequently. Every three months is recommended for the first year at least.
For information on dental implants, contact Welling Corner on 0208 3037445.