If you are considering having dental implants then there are a number of common questions that you might be looking for the answer to.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small screws that are inserted into the jaw bone and then a dental prosthetic such as a crown, bridge or dentures are added to give you a full set of teeth back. Your dentist will talk to you about what your options are and what might work best for your needs and your mouth. The crowns and bridges are usually fixed in place, worn full time and taken care of in the same way as your regular teeth. Dentures are usually removable just like normal dentures but they are fixed to the implants to stop them moving around and preventing many of the issues that people have with them.
Will it hurt?
The procedure is done under local anaesthetic although general might be an option for some patients depending on work required and levels of stress or nervousness that they experience. A clinic like Sutton Implant Clinic in Sutton Coldfield will often offer the chance to have the whole process done in-house.
Once they are fitted, there can be some mild sensations during healing but this should respond well to over-the-counter painkillers and will go away.
How do I know if I can have them?
Your body is a whole system and you can have a pre-existing medical condition that might preclude the insertion of dental implants but, in general, if you are in good health, you can be considered. When you have a consultation with your dentist, they will be looking at a number of factors including the health of your teeth and gums and the density of your jaw bone which needs to be strong enough to support the dental implants.
What happens next?
Once you decide to go ahead, the work is quite intricately planned based on the specific shape of your mouth and movement of your jaw bone. Chewing can create some quite strong forces and the teeth need to be able to work together along with the new dental implants and move against each other without causing deterioration, wear or undue stress on the dental implant.