We appreciate that dental implant treatment can seem a bit overwhelming, so we've put together a list of our patients most frequently asked questions for your convenience.
A dental implant is a high-tech plug that replaces your tooth root. It is surgically implanted into the jaw using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, and is made from a super-strong, biocompatible material – usually titanium – to which your jaw bone will eventually bond. Once this has happened, a prosthetic tooth can be attached permanently to the implant.
Implants can only be considered for healthy mouths – so some patients may be advised that they will initially require other dental work, such as bone grafting, gum surgery or orthodontics, before implants are an option. Make an appointment at The Sandstone Dental Practice for an initial consultation to assess your suitability for implants.
Dental implant surgery is high-tech and minimally invasive. With the help of 3D scanning and a computer-guided dental laser, an implant can be placed so accurately that it involves the least possible trauma and therefore a swift recovery time. Once the implant has been placed in the jaw, you will need to wait a few weeks for the integration process to take place – this is where your natural bone tissue grows around the implant, securing it in place for life. Once integration has successfully completed, you’ll be able to return to the practice for the final fitting of your new tooth.
Dental implants provide the same function, feel and look as natural teeth – so you’ll never need to compromise when it comes to eating, drinking and smiling with complete confidence. In addition, dental implants play an important role in maintaining the structure of your face: their firm position within the jawbone prevents teeth from shifting around and the jaw from shrinking – both of which cause ageing facial sagging. In short: with dental implants, you’ll stay looking youthful for longer.
Yes! Fear of the dentist is very common and quite understandable if you had a bad experience when you were younger, perhaps with a school dentist in the 1960s and 1970s. But implant surgery uses such advanced methods that pain is no longer an issue. At The Sandstone Dental Practice we offer IV sedation, which is ideal for helping nervous patients experience a completely pain- and fear-free procedure.
No – implant surgery is usually a completely pain-free procedure and is most often carried out under IV sedation, which combines sedative, analgesic and local anaesthetic. There may be some swelling for a few days after the procedure. Your dentist will supply you with a comprehensive aftercare plan.
Yes, dental implants are a well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence and a 95% success rate or higher. Implants actually improve the health of your jaw by increasing blood flow to an area that would otherwise atrophy.
Dental implants mostly take around 9 months altogether, from the initial assessment to the fitting of the final crown.
Most patients can return to work within one or two days of surgery.
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