If your dentist suggests that you have a dental implant then you may have some questions that you would like to ask. To help you find some of the answers you may need if you are facing this type of treatment we have put together some frequently asked questions that our very own dental implant specialist has been asked over the years.
What is a dental implant?
There are many different types of dental implants but essentially they act as a replacement for the natural root attached to a tooth. The implant, usually made of titanium or titanium alloy acts like a screw and is fused in to the jaw bone. A replacement tooth is then screwed in to the implant and acts in the same way that your natural teeth would.
Who can have a dental implant?
Most people are suitable to receive dental implants; however, there are some factors that can affect your ability to heal after the treatment. These can include excessive drinking or smoking, so it is always a good idea to discuss your general health with your dental implant specialist prior to commencing this procedure.
How long does treatment take?
The amount of time it takes to finalise treatment (i.e. place the teeth or tooth once the implant has been fitted) can vary depending in the nature of the case and the quality of the bone that your dentist has to work with. With good strong bone it may take as little as six weeks to finalise the treatment; however, it can take anything up to six months in more delicate cases. To get a more accurate representation of how long your treatment is likely to take, speak to your dental implant specialist.
How long do implants last?
Implants are much the same as your natural teeth, therefore good dental hygiene is the key to ensuring that they remain healthy and strong. If you are willing to come to see your dentist for regular check ups, and you exercise good oral care with efficient and effective brushing, there is nothing to suggest that your implants cannot last for the rest of your life.
Regular check ups will also allow your dentist to make sure that your implants are functioning properly, and not causing any problems for your remaining teeth. You may require regular maintenance work, as you would with other options such as crowns and bridges, but if these are done in a timely manner, then they are unlikely to cause any problems.
How do I clean my implants?
As implants are similar to natural teeth the cleaning requirements are much the same. Your dentist will be able to go over brushing and flossing techniques with you both before, during and after your treatment.
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