Guest post contributed by: Henry Taylor
Gaps in your smile from one or more missing teeth can lead to health issues like jawbone deterioration. The only tooth replacement options that stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss are dental implants.
Undergoing dental implant surgery shortly after tooth loss can help to prevent bone loss in that area. Other tooth replacement treatments like a fixed bridge may require your dentist to grind down adjacent teeth to support the appliance. Implants enable you to keep the structure of your teeth intact.
Dental implant surgery gives you a natural-looking smile and boosts your self-confidence. They look and function like your natural teeth, can last a lifetime with proper oral care and you brush and floss as normal.
- Dental Implant Surgery is Painful
Dental implant surgery is very safe, and it has a 98% success rate. You shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery because the bone where the implant is placed does not have any pain-sensing nerves.
Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area, so you are comfortable throughout the procedure which takes about 30 minutes. You can request sedation dentistry if you are a nervous or anxious patient. This will ensure you are relaxed, and you may even feel drowsy during the procedure.
Post-surgery discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Swelling is a natural reaction to surgery. Simply numb the area with ice to reduce the swelling. Bruising on your cheeks is another common side effect.
- Dental Implants Don’t Look Like Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants are fabricated to look entirely natural. Implants are a prosthetic crown attached on top of the implant. When your dentist is creating your individualised treatment plan, they will match the shade of the crown to your existing teeth. Your dentist will also shape it, so it fits perfectly with the surrounding teeth providing a natural looking smile.
A porcelain crown is stain resistant. If your surrounding teeth become stained from wine or coffee after the implant is placed, your implant may appear whiter than the surrounding teeth. Brushing teeth after eating or drinking food and beverages that cause stains can help prevent this from becoming noticeable.
If you are planning to whiten your teeth, book your appointment before your implant is placed because porcelain teeth cannot be bleached.
Dental implants in Knutsford can improve your quality of life and enhance your smile. Book a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
- Dental Implants are Extremely Costly
Many dentists agree that when it comes to tooth replacement options, dental implants are the best choice. Other teeth replacement options may appear to have lower upfront costs, but they need to be replaced or have hidden costs like special cleansers or storage cases, making them more expensive overall in comparison to dental implants.
Dental implants are a permanent solution and won’t need to be replaced or repaired as long as you take care of them. They also don’t cause damage to adjacent teeth.
There is also a misconception that you need to replace a full arch with single implants. However, with techniques like All-on-4 which only requires four implants to replace a full arch the cost is less prohibitive than many patients assume and provides an alternative to dentures.
4. The Recovery Time Isn’t Worth It
The healing period can span from one day to six months, depending on the type of dental implant you choose. If you have a gap in your smile, struggle to speak or eat correctly, your face has started to sag, you’ll agree the recovery time is worth it!
A typical single tooth implant has to bond with the surrounding gum tissue and jaw. This this can take three to six months. There is no discomfort during this healing process which keeps your day-to-day life from being affected. At the end of the healing period, a dental crown is fitted on top of the implant, and you have a beautiful and healthy smile.
Some patients opt for same day implants which enable them to undergo the procedure in a single appointment. Your dentist can help you determine which option is best for you.
- Requires Special Care
Dental implants do not require any special care. You simply brush and floss them like your natural teeth and visit your dentist and hygienist twice a year.
Established in July 2018, Superior Smiles is your new private dentist in Knutsford, Cheshire, with extensive experience we offer wide range of dental treatments for all ages.