What are Dental Implants?
OsteoCare Dental Implants are titanium alloy screws, which firmly attach to the jawbone, replacing the roots of missing teeth.
Why have Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth as well as to retain dentures. They are unique in design as they can fit in to small spaces and where the bone is limited in height and width.
As well as replacing teeth and reforming the contour of the face, dental implants are about giving back confidence, dignity and self-esteem.
Am I suitable for Implants?
Anyone who has lost teeth or who are dissatisfied with their dentures or dental condition and want to feel more confident when smiling, laughing, eating and talking are suitable.
Although, in some cases the structures of ihe mouth may prevent the use of an implant. If you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions, then it is more than likely that you will be suitable for dental implants.
Generally people who have uncontrolled Diabetes, Haemophilia, Leukaemia, other blood related diseases or are on Steroid Therapy are not suitable for implants. Consult your dentist for advice.
Will it be Painful?
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation — so no pain is felt. There is a little discomfort immediately after surgery, which is to be expected. This ma be treated with a mild painkiller and a soft diet can be eaten almost immediately.
What is the cost for Dental Implants?
As with all types of complex restorative treatment, cost is an important factor. The cost will vary depending on the complexity of the treatment, the number of implants and individual requirements.
It is advisable to get an individual assessment and a written estimate of the costs involved before starting any treatment.
Generally it is considered that, the benefits and quality of life for patients far outweigh the costs.
Where can I go to have Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implant placement is normally undertaken as a routine procedure in your dental surgery and may only require two visits. In the first appointment the implant and temporary crown will be placed and in the second a permanent crown will be fitted.
In some cases the implant can be loaded immediately, both for crowns and dentures. This is particularly useful in lower dentures, which can be stabilised by the use of Ball type Dental Implants and plastic housings that are inserted into the new or existing denture.
Dental Implant Aftercare
Just like natural teeth, implants will require very thorough cleaning for the best long-term results. Dental implants do not suffer the same disease process as natural teeth and generally a normal toothbrush and flossing is ail that is required, although other brushes may be adopted for awkward areas.
More information on Implant Placement
The procedure is generally very simple and only takes a short time depending on each individual case. It is usually common to work on one jaw at a time and is found to be more acceptable to both patient and dentist.
Once the implants have been placed they are then allowed to heal for a period of 2 to 8 weeks during which time the patient wears a temporary crown. After this time has passed, the patient in a simple and quick appointment will have the implants X-rayed to check that they have integrated with the bone. Once this has been confirmed the final restoration can be made.
After the full healing period, successful dental implants are likely to be yours for life.