Filling the gap

Dental implants are fast becoming a more popular way to replace missing teeth.

They provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss, and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue. But what are they and do they hurt?

A dental implant is made up of a small titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jaw. This then fuses with the bone in your jaw, and acts as an anchor for one or more false teeth. Placing the implant is generally done by a specialist or a dentist with additional experience, but you may be referred back to your own dentist to have a crown or other fixture placed.

Putting an implant into your mouth is a demanding procedure for the dentist, but to the patient, it’s often easier than removing a tooth. Your dentist will usually give you a local anaesthetic before the procedure, so you’re unlikely to feel any pain while it’s being carried out. If you’re very nervous, or you’re treatment is complicated, a sedating agent may be administered, however that’s not usually needed.. You’ll probably notice some discomfort once the treatment has been completed, but this doesn’t often last longer than a week or so.

Implants are generally highly reliable if placed into a sound and healthy site , and if well looked after, they can last for many years. Many people choose dental implants because they provide a permanent solution with a very natural appearance, as well as being very strong and stable, letting patients eat and speak with total confidence. The gum around an implant needs special attention and careful cleaning; your dentist or hygienist can advise you about this.

If you’d like to find out more about dental implants and whether they’re suitable for you, speak to your dentist and their practice team during your next visit.

Published: July 25th, 2013

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Implants can last for many years if well looked after