Dental implants: everything you need to know

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

Our smiles are important. They tell other people that we’re happy, friendly and that we’re healthy. We know that confidence sometimes relies on having a smile to be proud of and you can’t have the perfect smile without a full set of teeth, which is where dental implants from SS Cosmetic Dentistry come in.

If you have a question about dental implants or are considering treatment, get in touch with SS Cosmetic Dentistry and let’s arrange a consultation. Meanwhile, here’s everything you need to know about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

In a nutshell, a dental implant is a fake tooth with an artificial root that’s screwed into your gum or the bone of your jaw when you’ve lost a tooth, giving you the illusion and functionality of a real tooth. Dental implants are not routinely available on the NHS, meaning that you’ll have to see professionals like Dr Arjuna at SS Cosmetic Dentistry privately.

When would I need dental implants?

You’ll likely need dental implants after a trauma, although the reality is that many people lose their adult teeth in a variety of ways. These include anything from sporting accidents or road traffic accidents, to smoking and general health issues.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

While dental implant surgery can sound overwhelming, it’s a genuinely simple, routine procedure with a quick recovery time. This isn’t the only benefit – dental implant surgery offers a permanent alternative to dentures or bridgework. Dental implants fit perfectly and offer the chance to restore your smile when a lack of natural teeth won't allow for building denture or bridgework tooth replacements.

What is the procedure for dental implants?

1. Your dentist will numb your jaw or offer IV sedation to make sure you don’t feel any pain discomfort.

2. Next, an incision is made in your gums and the tooth root implant is placed into the jawbone where you’re missing the tooth.

3. The dentist closes the gums over the implant so that it remains covered. You’ll be sent home to recover for a few months or so, depending on your case. This allows the bone to grow around the implant and keep the root in place.

4. When the dentist says your implant is good to go, a connecting piece called an abutment is placed over the post portion of the implant. This will hold the new tooth.

5. Lastly, when the gums have healed, the dentist will make you a crown. This is a customised impression of your teeth that’s attached to the abutment. And that’s it – you’re good to go!

How long do dental implants last?

Just because your dental implant is fake, doesn’t mean you can neglect your dental hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing – after every meal – is vital. With regular maintenance, including check-ups every six months, the implant screw may last a lifetime. It’s worth noting that the crown usually only lasts 10 – 15 years before it needs replacing. Just like natural teeth, your crown will discolour with smoking or tea and coffee.

How much do dental implants cost?

Due to the varying nature of needing implants, no two cases are the same. Call us to discuss your needs with our dental implant specialist.

Contact us

Dental implants are a reliable and sturdy solution to fixing your smile when you’re missing teeth. If you have a question or simply want more information about dental implants, please get in touch and talk to us. Dental implants aren’t suitable for everyone, but we’ll certainly help give you back your beautiful smile. 01227 464603

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