Implants are used when support is needed for one or more false teeth. A dental implant has a titanium screw that is inserted into the root of a tooth. The implant is screwed into the bone of the jaw.
Implants have been used for decades and today are a routine, well-established dental treatment at practices all over the UK. Like natural teeth, care is need to look after implants and keep them in good condition.
How long a dental implant will last is very much impacted by how well they are looked after.
Implants that aren’t regularly brushed and checked can lead to gum infection and bleeding gums which cause discomfort. Similar to the problems you can experience with your natural teeth.
A well looked after dental implant will last for many years provided the bone in which it is planted remains healthy and strong.
You can have one or many implants, depending on your needs.
Implants can be used to replace lost teeth but this depends on the condition of the jawbone in which the implant will need to be inserted.
Special tests can be carried out to determine how much jawbone you have and whether it will be able to support a dental implant.
A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area in which the implant is being inserted, but later as the effects of this wear off, you may feel some tenderness for a few days after the procedure.
Treatment usually depends on the number of implants you need. The dental team can advise how long treatment will take and the number of visits needed.
After being fitted with implants, the jawbone will need to grow and fuse to the implants and this can take several months.