What is a dental implant?
Dental implant is a small thin metal screw which acts as a replacement root of a tooth. This is used to support single or multiple false teeth which are known as restorations.
How long is the treatment time for dental implants?
Permanent teeth are usually fitted around 4-6 months after the implants have been put in. This will allow complete integration after which time the permanent teeth can be fitted.
How long do they last?
This depends on your oral hygiene and the care you take of your teeth. Dental implants last on average around 15 years. When you compare this to 8 years for a dental bridge that is supported by natural teeth dental implants are excellent value.
Do you need to clean them differently to your natural teeth?
No, they should be brushed in the same way as your natural teeth.
Can the artificial tooth be taken out?
Only by a dentist as the artificial tooth is attached to the implant.
Can anyone have dental implants?
Candidates must be in good health with no periodontal diseases. Sufficient jaw bone quality and quantity is also a necessity. An X-ray or CT scan will be used to determine whether enough bone exists.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
No. During the procedure a local anesthetic is used. You may feel a little sore following the procedure but this is minimal