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Dental implants are one of the biggest developments in modern dentistry. As the population in general lives longer, more and more people are looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants are a tried and tested method of replacing teeth, are fixed and permanent unlike other solutions (such as unsecured dentures) and with proper care can last a lifetime.
A dental implant is a small, titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic and/or with the use of conscious sedation, depending on patient preference. The implant then supports replacement teeth in the form of crowns, secured dentures or bridges. Most patients report that the sensation of having an implant fitted is more tolerable than having a tooth removed, and because the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic you will feel no pain. What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time. After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.