The implants are made out of materials such as titanium and are a screw-like fitment which are attached to your jawbone.  This artificial root allows the dentist to attach your replacement teeth so they feel stable and blend in with your surrounding teeth. Having dental implants requires several appointments, including a consultation, an appointment to place the implant, and another to attach the new teeth.

What do dental implants do? 

This is an operation that replaces the roots of your original teeth with metal posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth. Dental implant surgery is a  great alternative to dentures, which do not always fit well, and can offer another option when a lack of natural tooth roots don’t allow building tooth replacements.  Implants are clearly the most natural-looking and robust solutions to missing teeth.

Who can’t have dental implants? 

-Growing children 

-Those with diabetes / leukaemia 

– Heavy smokers 

It is best you speak to your dentist for advice on whether you are an appropriate candidate for dental implants.

Pre-Op advice 

Food and Drink

If you are having local anaesthesia, you can eat a light meal a few hours before surgery, but If under sedation, you will be expected to fast for 12 hours before your surgery. 

Medications

It’s likely you will be prescribed antibiotics for the days leading to your surgery, as this can prevent implant issues, such as the body rejecting the dental implants. 

What to Expect During the Procedure

Your oral surgeon will make a cut to open up your gum and therefore expose the bone. Then holes will be drilled into the bone, which is where the dental implant metal post will be fixed. The post will mimic the tooth root so will be drilled deeply into the bone. You will now be left with a gap which can be temporarily filled until your gum heals.

When your gum heals, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and carefully create a custom tooth, which will be attached to the new root.

Recovery and long term care

If your dentist uses sedation, you may  feel a little groggy for several hours. You should be  sure to  arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and you should not drive home yourself.

After the implants are placed, it’s likely  you may experience some bruising and possibly some  bleeding. You should try to stick to soft food until it feels comfortable to go back to your normal diet.  Dentists will recommend over the counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen as an anti inflammatory . 

You should treat your Implants as you should treat your natural teeth, i.e. brush twice a day and floss of course. It’s important you take care of your implants as they can wear like normal teeth or stain if not cleaned properly. You should book in with your dentists to have them checked regularly also. Ask your dental practice for a consultation about implants. This will determine whether implants are our best solution.  Remember The Mall Dental specialises in dental implants and specialises in bespoke solutions to each patient’s dental needs.

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