Missing or diseased teeth? If you’re looking for a long-term, durable solution to get your smile back to its best, dental implants could be the solution you’re looking for. But is this the right option?
In this piece we explore the basics of implant diagnostics and procedures.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are screws that act as a replacement for the root of a tooth. Made with hypoallergenic materials such as titanium alloy, these screws fuse into the jawbone, providing a secure, stable base from which to attach replacement teeth. From this base, each tooth crown is expertly crafted to match your teeth and fit the size and shape of gaps.
When might I need a dental implant?
Whether you have just one or several missing or diseased teeth, dental implants can offer a long-term investment option to secure your radiant smile long into the future.
In addition, while they cost more than removable alternatives, implants:
- Fill in unsightly gaps and improve self-confidence
- Appear, function and feel like natural teeth; there’s none of the discomfort associated with removable alternatives like dentures, allowing you to enjoy your favourite foods like before
- Prevent nearby teeth from moving
- Correct speech issues, such as whistles, that result from misaligned teeth
- Improve oral hygiene, as the new teeth are designed to be easily cleaned
- Inhibit further jawbone loss and prevent premature ageing and face sagging
- Have no patient age restriction
An initial consult with our experienced team will confirm if you are able to have implants. It’s important that you have a healthy jawbone and gums to support the procedure.
Following this, we will work with you to design a personalised treatment plan to suit your individual needs. The procedure will therefore vary between patients, but generally involves:
- A minor operation under local or general anaesthetic to insert the titanium dental implant into the jawbone – it will take between 3-6 months after this for the implant to fuse into the bone.
- Following this, a single implant is restored with a crown usually made of ceramic material. Larger gaps can be filled with multiple teeth in a bridge design being supported by two or more implants.
The recovery process
Most of our patients report very little discomfort after each stage of the implant procedure. Naturally, however, some minor bruising, swelling and pain in the gums and face may occur. It’s therefore a good idea to stick to eating soft foods until this heals.
We also encourage regular dental check-ups post-operation, and ask you to maintain complete dental hygiene techniques, such as daily brushing and flossing.
Implants with Aardent Dental Centre
Having dental implants can be a big choice and significant investment for many clients, but the rewards can be huge! Providing excellent dental care tailored to your individual needs, the team at Aardent Dental Centre is with you every step of the way, assisting you with comprehensive insurance and finance choices.
Contact us today to discuss your options with our friendly, experienced team.