Frequently asked questions about dental implants
Here at The Garden Dental Practice, we provide our patients with a multitude of ways to help them get the smile they have always wanted. This can comprise a combination of advice on oral care at home, regular check-ups and treatments to help improve the appearance and condition of the teeth and gums. One treatment that is often the subject of enquiry is that of dental implants Golders Green.
Here, we explain what dental implants are and how they can help. In addition, we also answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants Golders Green. This information is designed to assist people who are considering this treatment and to address any concerns. For specific details that apply on an individual basis, the best thing to do is to make an appointment with us to discuss the options available.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants Golders Green are a popular means of resolving the issue of a missing tooth or teeth. They are made from titanium and constitute a direct replacement for the original tooth root. Titanium is strong and durable and works well in conjunction with human tissues.
The implant is placed into the jawbone during a minor procedure with us and then there is a healing period. This usually lasts a few weeks. Once the site of the implant has healed, it is topped with an abutment. The abutment forms the base onto which an artificial tooth is placed.
Does it hurt?
The procedure during which dental implants are fitted takes place under local anaesthetic. This means that the patient remains awake, but the mouth is numbed completely so that they do not feel anything while we fit the implants.
The area in and around the implants may be a little uncomfortable after the treatment has been completed and the anaesthetic has worn off. However, this is usually easily remedied with the use of over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol.
How are implants cared for?
Implants are looked after just like natural teeth. This means engaging with a regular routine of brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice daily and flossing once per day. They do not need any special care, and that is one of the benefits of this treatment.
Does the patient have to attend lots of dental appointments?
There are a few appointments involved over a period of 3 to 6 months in order to complete treatment with dental implants. However, once this period is over, the patient can expect to attend appointments with us just as regularly as any other patient. This means that providing they continue to look after their teeth and gums and enjoy good oral health, the only appointments needed will be check-ups every 6 months or so.
How long do implants last?
Implants last for a lifetime in many cases. They are as reliable as natural teeth. This means that in order to ensure that they stay the course, all the patient has to do is make certain that they have a regular brushing and flossing routine and attend check-up appointments.