Dental Implants in Basildon – FAQ’s
There’s no denying that dental implants are one of the best methods of tooth replacement currently available from your Basildon dentist. Placed into the gum, they are a permanent fixture and closely resemble the look of your natural teeth; and since the implant mimics a tooth root, they also prevent any further bone loss from occurring. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular questions that we get asked by patients considering dental implants in Basildon.
How long will dental implants last and are they safe?
How long dental implants last depends on how well they are cared for. Provided you maintain a good level of oral hygiene they should last for at least 15 years but since they are a relatively new product and the majority of people who have had them are still alive and well, it’s hard to give an upper figure. They are a tried and tested treatment which is well established but like any surgical process there is always a degree of risk involved, however slight.
Can an implant always be used as a method of tooth replacement?
A dental implant relies on good oral health and healthy sufficient bone in which to be placed to stand the best chance of success. Usually a CT scan is taken so that the health of your gums and the density of bone can be assessed and accurate measurements taken as part of the treatment planning prior to surgery.
How soon can I have a dental implant?
Depending on individual circumstances some patients may require additional treatments before a dental implant can be placed. These can include
- Removing any teeth that simply can’t be saved with further treatments
- Treatment of gum disease and tooth decay
- Bone graft to build more bone
Do implants hurt?
Implants are placed in the jaw during a period of oral surgery which is carried out under local anaesthetic or with conscious sedation techniques. No pain at all will be felt during the surgery but you may experience some discomfort in the week following surgery. Usually this is little more than some minor bruising and swelling and sometimes a dull ache, but this will reside in a few days.
Will I get new teeth straight away?
A healing period of around 3 months is usually required for the implants to bond with the surrounding bone so that they are strong enough to support a prosthetic crown. You will be given a temporary restoration to wear during this time.
How long does treatment take?
This depends on the complexity of the treatment and each individual case is different. First of all there is a planning stage which can take several weeks and this is followed by any pre-operative treatments which may be necessary, which can take anything from weeks to months. Once placed, the implants will need to heal and bond with the bone which again can take up to 3 months. This is followed by the final fitting of individual crowns, bridges or dentures to the implants and this too may take a few weeks to complete. So you could be looking at anywhere from 6 to 9 months and sometimes longer.
It’s crucial that neither the patient nor the surgeon placing the implants pushes to rush ahead with the next stage of treatment without allowing for the bone and soft tissues to completely heal and mature. If you don’t have the time available, then it’s probably more sensible that you opt for an alternative method of tooth replacement.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants in Basildon, then come at talk to us at Felmores Dental Clinic. We offer a free no obligation consultation and will talk you through the entire process and answer your questions and concerns. Contact us via our website at www.felmoresdentalcare.co.uk or speak to us direct on 01268 726789.