In this month’s blog we look to answer the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is made up of three parts. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw bone, an abutment is then attached to this and then a crown, bridge or denture is placed on top, depending on the number of teeth to be replaced.
How successful are dental implants?
Dental implants have a 95% success rate, but as with any dental procedure there are risks associated.
Are dental implants always suitable?
Dental implants success are dependent on you having sufficient healthy jaw bone, meaning they are not suitable for patients with advanced gum disease or those that smoke. At Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we will perform a thorough assessment to determine your suitability for dental implants.
Is there an age limit for dental implants?
There is no age limit for dental implants. You would just need to attend for an assessment with one of our dentists.
Is the procedure painful?
Treatment will be carried out under a local anaesthetic. Though the local anaesthetic injections can sting a little,once you are numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful at all throughout your treatment. You will feel some pressing and pushing during the procedure as well as some vibration during the drilling stage, but this will not be sharp or painful in any way and your dentist will check to make sure you are completely numb before starting the surgery.
Are dental implants expensive?
It is perfectly normal to consider carefully the cost of any large expenditure. Dental implants are an investment in your dental health and it is down to each individual patient to decide if the improvements to quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance are worthwhile. We only ever prescribe treatment that is necessary and will always aim to offer alternatives to any dental implant treatment.
How long will treatment take?
If the treatment is straightforward, it can be a little as eight to ten weeks from placement of the implant to fit of the final crown. However, sometimes treatment can take longer depending on the level of complexity of your case, with some patients not finishing for up to a year. The exact time frame will be ascertained from your assessment at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Dental implants are fixed in place and are currently the closest possible restoration to having your natural teeth back.
- Dental implants will not slip or move and remove the need for adhesives.
- Dental implants are self-supporting and do not damage the surrounding healthy teeth
- Dental implants are long lasting and should last for at least 10 years
How do I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants can be cared for in the same way as your natural teeth. It is important to brush twice a day and use interdental cleaning aids daily. You will also need to attend for regular review appointments with your dentist.