How do dental implants work?

Losing one or more teeth can cause self-confidence to plummet. The good news is there’s a safe and permanent solution to the problem. Dental implants are ceramic teeth that are attached to the jawbone via an artificial root, making them look and feel just like the real thing.

 

Am I eligible for a dental implant?

Most people are eligible for dental implants, and they can be used to treat tooth loss across all ages. Your dentist will give an initial assessment to check the condition of the bone in your jaw. In some cases where there is not enough bone, or the remaining bone isn’t healthy enough, a process called bone grafting can help to prepare the jaw for dental implants.

How are implants fitted?

Following your initial assessment, treatment will consist of several stages:

  1. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone. This fuses with the jawbone over time (usually several months) to create a strong ‘root’ for the new tooth.
  2. A post called an abutment is added to extend the root. This will hold your false tooth in place.
  3. A crown is added to the post to give the look and feel of a natural tooth.

Can I get more than one implant?

Yes! Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth. If you are missing one or two teeth, we will use a single implant per tooth. If a row of three or more teeth are missing, we can reduce the number of implants by using bridges to connect the ceramic teeth. If we need to replace all of the teeth, we look to use 4 (‘All on 4’) implants to support a full set.

Do dental implants hurt?

Most dental implants are fitted under local anaesthetic and should cause no more discomfort than a tooth extraction. You should only eat soft foods the week after your surgery, and be careful with hot foods or drinks until feeling has returned to your mouth to avoid accidentally burning yourself. Full recovery time will vary, depending on your treatment plan.

How do I look after my implants?

Dental implants will last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is essential for ensuring the long-term health of your implants. Some habits, such as smoking, can negatively affect the health of your implants. Our dental team will provide you with detailed instructions on cleaning and maintaining your new teeth.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Exeter Advanced Dentistry. We look forward to welcoming you.

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