What are Dental Implants
A Dental Implant is a metal root that is placed into your jaw to hold a crown or a bridge. It is a suitable procedure to replace a missing or lost tooth.
Dental Implant Procedure
An initial consultation with the dentist to assess your dental concerns is required. At this appointment, X-rays and scans of your mouth will be taken to thoroughly assess the placement of the implant. A treatment plan tailored to your dental concerns and a quote will be provided at this appointment.
During the procedure
Prior to the surgical procedure, you will be given local anaesthetic so you will not feel any pain. The dental implant which looks similar to a screw and is made of Titanium will then be placed in your jawbone. After the placement of the dental implant, you will need to wait a couple of months for the bone to grow around the implant placement. During this period, you will come back for one or two review appointments with the dentist to assess the healing process. After the dental implant has stabilised, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth to create a crown/bridge to be placed on top of the implant. Once the artificial tooth is crafted, it will be screwed on top of the implant.
After the procedure
Some bruising, bleeding and swelling of the gums and face are normal immediately after the procedure. It is recommended that you avoid eating hard foods until the incision has healed properly.
It is important to keep the implant crown/bridge clean by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting the dentist for regular dental check-up and clean.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Improved smile and appearance
- Increased confidence
Risks of dental implant
- Sinus problems
- Damage to surrounding tooth
- Nerve damage