Are dental implants for you?
Everything you need to know about dental implants in Maidstone
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small screw made of very pure titanium metal, which is tolerated well by and heals readily within the body.
Can anyone have a dental implant?
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they are tolerated by most patients and can be used to address tooth loss in people of all age groups. However, one of the most important aspects of providing dental implants is the planning, so you would need a detailed examination including X-rays to confirm your suitability.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Once an implant has healed, the ceramic restoration fixed to it will act as securely as a natural tooth, and cannot be distinguished from natural teeth in appearance and function.
Dental implants help to preserve natural healthy teeth because we only need to touch the area where we need to replace a tooth. Other methods of tooth replacement, namely bridges, require us to file down and damage neighbouring health teeth to support the restoration, which can lead to later problems.Implants can also preserve the natural shape of the jaw as, without them, the bone will slowly shrink away. By opting for dental implants, you can eradicate the need for dentures, which can be uncomfortable, bulking and affect your speech and taste.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
Figures would suggest that dental implants are successful in 98.5% of cases, although the figures vary slightly depending on which part of the mouth is treated.
Are there any risks associated with dental implants?
All procedures carry a small amount of risk but generally, dental implants are very well tolerated. Problems affect a very small minority of patients but tend to be caused by rejection of the implant or infection in the soft tissue of the gum. Figures would suggest that complications arise in less than 5% of cases worldwide.
Do implants hurt?
We will fit your implant(s) under local anaesthetic to ensure the procedure is pain-free and as comfortable as possible. You may experience some discomfort once the anaesthetic wears off but this can be managed with pain relief medication and should ease after a few days.
What is the dental implant procedure?
During a short procedure, usually under local anaesthetic, we insert the implant in the jaw. Subsequently, the implant must be left for the jaw bone to knit to the surface of the implant, forming a solid, secure base for fixing a cosmetic restoration thereafter.