Remember when you were a kid, and you lost a tooth? The excitement at what the tooth fairy would leave under your pillow and the amazement as your new tooth popped through the surface. Unfortunately, as adults, we don’t quite get the same thrill from losing a tooth. Instead, we have to contact our dentist and find the most realistic fake tooth we can find. However, what if your local cosmetic dentist is your tooth fairy and dental implants are the answer?
Implants have the appearance of the perfect natural tooth. The ultra-modern implants are “implanted” under your gum line, making them durable and a long-lasting solution to your dental needs. Implants can be made from a range of materials, although the most modern implants consist of a natural-looking crown and a titanium root that painlessly attaches the implant to your gum. Want to know more? Keep reading to find out the answers to our dental implants FAQs.
Will It Hurt?
Seeing as 27 million British adults have at least one tooth missing, it is no surprise that dental implants are becoming more and more popular. As you might expect, one of the first questions cosmetic dentists get when it comes to dental implants is “will it hurt?”. Thankfully, we can put your mind at ease and assure you that there is nothing to worry about.
During the procedure, your cosmetic dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic, which means you won’t feel a thing. The only mild discomfort you might experience will be after the procedure as your implant starts its recovery.
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
Your mouth is pretty important, and so the last thing you want is a lengthy recovery period after your dental implant procedure. Thankfully dental implants recover in no time, with the average recovery period generally between three to six months. During this time, you are waiting for the jaw to fuse with the artificial implant, thus replacing the original tooth root and making it feel at home.
Can Anyone Have Implants?
The short answer is yes. One of the main reasons dental implants are so popular is that almost anyone of any age can transform their smile with this up-to-the-minute cosmetic dentistry procedure.
However, there are a couple of exceptions for people who can get a dental implant. People who suffer from a poor quality jaw bone might not be able to have a dental implant, which is because the quality of the jawbone plays a major part in the success of the procedure. Other issues that can impact the success of a dental implant include a history of excessive smoking, gum disease, auto-immune diseases and severe illnesses.
How Long Will My Implants Last?
Sadly, nothing lasts forever, but modern dental implants are surprisingly long-lasting. The latest dental implants are made of durable and biocompatible materials, which means that you can expect your dental implants to last for decades. Furthermore, if in the unfortunate event that your bridge, crown or denture breaks, give your cosmetic dentist a call, and they should be able to get the repairs done in no time.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
We know that any dental procedure can be a little nerve-racking, but there is no need to fret when it comes to dental implants. Thanks to the latest technologies, the process of installing implants is as safe as it gets and continues to get better and better each year. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. While the possibility of infection or rejection is real, the number of patients who end up having problems after having the dental implant surgery is minuscule.
How Do I Look After My Implants?
You have gone through your successful procedure, but now you want to know how to care for your precious implants. The answer is very simple — the first thing you should do is give them time to heal. Don’t go brushing or poking the area, as this can cause swelling and set back your recovery.
Once the implant has healed, you will want to care for your dental implant the same way that you look after your teeth and gums. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly if you want to maintain good dental hygiene.
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