What should realistic expectations be of this popular tooth replacement procedure?
Because dental implant placement is an invasive procedure, and one that needs to be budgeted, it is not unsurprising that potential patients want to be fully informed of the benefits that they offer before treatment commences.
In this blog, we address some of the benefits and other factors to expect both during and after the dental implant procedure.
Many people find any dental procedure a little concerning to at least some small degree, so the idea of having holes made in the jawbone for the implants to be placed into isn’t one of the most appealing to many and can be a barrier, for some, to having the procedure. We would like to take the opportunity to point out that, whilst there may be a little discomfort, patients should not expect any more discomfort than some other dental procedures. The combination of the local anaesthetic and the relative insensitivity in the bone means that you should not feel any actual pain.
Following the procedure, there is a period of approximately three months where the implant and bone fuse together and where special care needs to be taken with both cleaning and dietary habits including absolute moderation of smoking and drinking. These few months are extremely important to ensure strong and healthy implants, and, as we will see in the next section, is well worth the effort.
No ifs .. no buts …
Unlike most other teeth replacement methods, such as dentures, there are no real issues around dental implants, once established. Whilst it may be necessary to avoid certain foods when wearing dentures (toffees being a good example), this is not the case with dental implants.
Although it may feel a little strange initially following the completion of the process, patients soon find that they treat their new implant like a natural tooth, and, indeed, there should be no cause to restrict foods (even toffees) when using them. The artificial titanium root that is anchored firmly into the bone ensures that the replacement tooth stays firmly in place, and, unlike some dentures, will not move around at all.
The only caveat to dental implants is to say that, whilst no special care is needed once established, this does not mean that they should be ignored. Despite being made from artificial materials that won’t decay, it is important that the bone in which the implant is placed stays healthy. The biggest threat to this is periodontitis or peri-implantitis.
Good home oral health care, including inter-dental cleaning around the implant as well as other teeth, along with hygienist visits should ensure that your mouth remains healthy, problem free and your implants long lasting. Because dental implants offer such an excellent method of teeth replacement, we are finding that more and more patients are travelling from nearby locations such as Cuffley and Hoddesdon to take advantage of this procedure.
If you would like more information about implant options and would like to arrange an initial consultation to discuss this with one of our dentists, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388.