Dental implants are one of the most effective and popular tooth replacement options available today. They offer a permanent solution for missing teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics. However, many people are apprehensive about getting dental implants due to misconceptions about the procedure. In this article, we will explain what to expect during dental implant treatment, so you can make an informed decision about your dental health.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Dental implants are a popular option because they provide a permanent solution for missing teeth, without requiring any special care beyond normal brushing and flossing.
The dental implant treatment process typically involves several steps, starting with a consultation with your dentist to determine if dental implants are the right option for you. Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, the next steps typically include:
Preparation: Your dentist will prepare the area where the dental implant will be placed. This may include extracting any remaining teeth, if necessary, and preparing the bone for the implant.
Implant placement: The implant will be surgically placed into the jawbone. This process typically involves making a small incision in the gum tissue and drilling a small hole into the bone. The implant is then placed in the hole and the gum tissue is sutured closed.
Osseointegration: Over the next several weeks or months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This process is critical to the success of the implant, as it allows the implant to become fully integrated into the jawbone and provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Abutment placement: Once osseointegration is complete, a small connector called an abutment will be attached to the implant. This abutment will serve as the base for the replacement tooth or bridge.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Factors that can affect candidacy include:
There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal implants are the most common type and are placed directly into the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum tissue but above the jawbone.
Proper aftercare is essential for the success of dental implants. Aftercare instructions typically include:
While dental implants are generally safe and effective, there are some risks and complications associated with the procedure. These can include infection, implant failure, nerve damage, and damage to surrounding teeth and gums. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of dental implants with your dentist before deciding on this treatment option.
Q: Are dental implants painful?
A: The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some discomfort and swelling in the days following the procedure.
Q: How long do dental implants last?
A: With proper care, dental implants can last for many years, even a lifetime.
Q: Are dental implants expensive?
A: Dental implants are generally more expensive than other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges. However, they offer a permanent solution for missing teeth and may ultimately be more cost-effective over time.
If you are missing teeth or considering tooth replacement options, dental implants may be the right choice for you. By understanding the dental implant treatment process and the benefits they offer, you can make an informed decision about your dental health. At Sutton Aesthetic Dentistry, our dental team is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality dental care, including dental implants. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how dental implants can enhance your smile and improve your oral health.Back to Blog
“Today I completed my treatment and I couldn't be more grateful to the team...”
“Absolutely delighted with my new teeth! Have been so self conscious of my front...”
“I have just finished my treatment of aligners, whitening and composite bonding with Sutton...”
“Just finished with my braces treatment 2 weeks ago and I wasn’t happy with...”
“I just got back from my appointment with Sutton aesthetics. I cannot express the...”
“I had my treatment completed today from the team at Sutton aesthetics dentist and...”
“I had an appointment here today after many years of not going to the...”
“Initially came on personal recommendation- subsequently from satisfaction with treatment.”
“First class service.”
“Professional but friendly service.”
“A friendly and caring dentist- nothing is too much trouble.”
“Friendly service, pain-free treatment, good advice, easily available appointments, emergency service is good.”
“Familiarity- good service-ability to get quick response.”
“Professional and competent treatment. Trustworthy and caring.”
“Pleasant people and surroundings and no pain!!!!”
““Hygienists, consistency and professionalism.”
“Friendly people-efficient service.”
“I have been to many dentists in my life, and for the first time...”
“Friendly atmosphere and a well-presented establishment, both clean and relaxing, Mr Cotgreave seems very...”
“I would like to say that I have a very high regard for your...”
“The friendly staff. The emphasis on the health of the teeth and the proactive...”
“I have always been dealt with in a very professional and caring way- I...”