Cygnet Dental discusses Dental Implants, the best treatment for replacing a missing tooth
Just the word ‘Implants’ may sound scary but in fact Dental Implants are the best solution when replacing missing teeth. Unlike some treatments, no modification is needed to any other teeth, meaning only the gap is touched.
Fear of the Unknown
When you are afraid of something, it is generally because you don’t know enough about it. So by learning the facts you may feel a little easier and relaxed about the treatment.
Implant treatment is no worse than having a filling, except it takes a little longer to complete and is carried out in stages.
A dental implant is a small titanium rod which is placed into the jaw bone under a local anaesthetic. Placement is carried out under sterile conditions to ensure the success of the treatment. We then wait 12 weeks for the bone to integrate or grow around the implant making it solid within the jaw. No one will know that you have had an implant as nothing is visible at this stage, everything is under the gum.
After the 12 weeks we then check the healing of the implant. If everything is OK, we then start the preparation for the crown. Treatment is usually carried out over a period of about 4-6 months.
Implant treatment is very successful and they can last you 20 years plus providing you take care of them. Just like your natural teeth, implants can still develop gum disease around them so keeping them clean is very important. Whilst nearly anyone is suitable for implant treatment, it depends if enough bone is available to place one. A thorough examination of your mouth and extensive x-rays should tell us. Usually a CT scan is needed too. This will also tell us the size and height of the implant that we can place.
Dental Implants can be used to stabilise a dental bridge, as well as a denture. They act just like your own tooth root and are incredibly strong. Implants are not the only way to fill a gap. The other options include a bridge or a denture.
As the treatment does require a small amount of surgery and the appointment can be quite lengthy, some patients prefer to have the treatment carried out under sedation. Although this will make you incredibly relaxed during treatment, the downside is that will be unable to be by yourself for 24 hours. This is how long it will take for the sedation to come out of your system. It also means that you will be unable to drive, look after any small children, operate any machinery or sign any important documents during this time.
Speak to one of our dentists today about Dental Implants. It may be that another treatment is more suitable for your current situation and you can discuss this with him.