FAQs about dental implants answered by our dentist
Do you want to fill that gap in your teeth with something more permanent?
When you have lost a tooth or teeth to illness or decay, it can leave a dent in your self-esteem when you smile. Not only that, but missing teeth can also create functionality issues with your mouth, making it harder to bite into and chew food depending on where the missing tooth or teeth are located.
At Bhawani’s Dental Care, our dentist in Culcheth can alleviate the woes that accompany missing teeth with dental implants. Fitted to your jaw, these prosthetics offer a more long-term solution to missing teeth, while also having the look and feel of natural teeth too. Great!
In this article, our dentist in Culcheth answers your burning questions about dental implants, so read on to learn more!
How are dental implants fitted?
When you come to our dentist in Culcheth to have dental implants fitted, the first thing we will do is perform an X-ray of your jaws. This will allow us to assess if your jaws are in good enough condition to support dental implants.
If your jaw, oral health and general health are good, then we will begin the procedure at your next appointment. This will involve us numbing the gums, making some incisions (based on where we are going to fit the implant) and drilling a small hole in your jaw. This step may not be needed if you have a vacant socket following a recent extraction.
Once the implants are fitted, we sew the gum back together and the implant is left to fuse.
Can anyone have them?
As briefly mentioned before, if your jawbone is deemed to be in poor condition, you may not be suitable for dental implants.
If you have a health disorder such as osteoporosis, haemophilia or unmanaged diabetes, this can make the process of having dental implants more complicated, but we may be able to mitigate the risks.
How long does it take for them to fuse?
On average, it takes dental implants between 3-6 months to fuse, but this may vary based on your age, general health and lifestyle choices.
If you have had a dental implant fitted to your jaw for 12 months and it has failed to fuse, our team will consider this a failed implant. It will be removed and we will discuss other treatment options with you.
How long do they last?
With correct care, dental implants can last up to and over 15 years.
You will need to brush them twice daily, floss and attend check-ups with our team every 6 months to ensure that your implants and oral health remain in good condition.
Are they expensive?
A common concern that many of our patients have is that dental implants will be too expensive for them to afford.
If you are suitable, our team may be able to offer you interest-free and interest bearing finance through Medenta. This will allow you to pay for the treatment of dental implants while also breaking the repayments down into affordable monthly instalments.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact our team at the practice today.