Whether you have lost a single tooth or an entire set, it can be an irritation at best and an embarrassment at worst.
Many people have missing teeth from either illness, injury or poor hygiene and, while many are happy enough to wear either a fitted bridge or a set of dentures, some people find these alternatives unsuitable. Dentures can cause rubbing, soreness and are prone to moving, whereas fitted bridges can put pressure on the teeth that they are fitted to and may also eventually become loose. Not good!
If you have lost a single tooth or want an entire set replaced, there is now a way to accomplish this without having to worry about movement or soreness.
At Warrendale Dental, our team is proud to be able to offer our suitable patients this option for restoring missing teeth. Known as dental implants in Herefordshire, these prosthetics are composed of a titanium screw which is attached to your jaw and a crown (prosthetic tooth), which is placed on top. Looking more natural and allowing for a stronger bite, it is easy to see why oral implants are becoming so popular!
Are you suitable for them? Does the fitting hurt? Read on to learn more about the world of oral implants!
How are they fitted?
As mentioned earlier, dental implants in Herefordshire are fitted directly into your jawbone.
Once numbed, our team will gently cut into your gum to expose the site where the implant will be fitted. Using a small drill, a hole will be created and the implant is placed into the hole. After our team is satisfied that it isn’t going to move, we will close your gum with dissolvable stitches. After this, there is a wait of around 3-6 months to allow the implant to fuse to your jawbone before the crown is attached.
Is it painful?
Having dental implants in Herefordshire is not a painful process.
Our team will ensure that during the fitting, the area is completely numbed. Once you get home and the numbing wears off, it may feel similar to having a tooth extracted and should be controllable with pain relief. If it isn’t, or the pain worsens, contact our team immediately.
Can anyone have them?
This depends on the type of implant you may be offered.
To be suitable for the basic oral implant, you have to have good oral health and have enough jawbone to support the implant. In case of other implants, you may be able to get around these criteria, but our team will need to conduct an assessment first.
How long do they last?
With correct aftercare, oral implants can last up to 40 years. If you smoke, drink alcohol frequently or have a history of gum disease, this timespan is likely to be reduced.
What if I’m not suited to have them?
If our team determines that you are not suited for any type of oral implant that we offer, then we will recommend other restorative prostheses, such as dentures or bridges.