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Dental Implants

What is dental implant ?

A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth.

Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. Over 95% of modern implants should last for many years with the right care.
I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?
Yes… You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do implants hurt?
Placing the implants means a small operation. This can be done using a simple local anaesthetic. Sometimes the dentist needs to use a general anaesthetic for complex cases. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches, and the normal healing process that takes place.
How long does treatment take?
We will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts. Usually the permanent teeth are fitted 3-6 month after the implants are put in, but many implant systems now allow the time to be as short as 3 months. Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (known as immediate implants) but this will only be decided based on the clinic situation. As you can understand we have to respect the Biological aspects of the bone and soft tissues.
What about after care?
We will give you some medication for pain relief after the surgery. We will  also prescribe antibiotics and the  use of a chlorhexidine mouthwash every day during the first two weeks after the surgery (you can get these from a supermarket or local pharmacy).
What happens next?
The implants need to bond with the bone after they have been put in. This usually takes at least 3-4  months . Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the
artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can keep wearing these throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery.

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