Dental implants are used for supporting multiple or one false tooth. They are titanium screws that may replace a tooth’s root when it has failed. It gets placed in the jawbone, similar to a tooth root.
The most significant impact on how long implants will last will depend on whether you go in to have your regular maintenance appointments and how well you care for your dental implants.
If you don’t properly care for your implants a coating will develop on them which is similar to what neglected natural teeth receive. When left untreated that can result in general discomfort, soreness, bleeding and gum infection. All of these are problems that you can get with your natural teeth.
If you take good care of your implants, and if they are fitted into healthy and strong bone, you can expect that they will last for a number of years. However, like any type of surgical implant (for example, a hip replacement), there’s no such thing as a lifetime guarantee.
If you are really nervous or have a complicated case, then at times your dentist may provide you with a sedative. It is rare for general anesthetics to be used for dental implants, and only in very complicated cases when they are used.
If you are getting one to three teeth replaced, then in the meantime you might get a temporary denture. If you have full dentures already, you can continue to wear those as your implants are continuing to heal. You will need to alter your dentures, in order for them to properly fit following surgery, and usually a ‘healing cap’ is placed on the implant site in order to keep it protected.
You might find our information on mouth guards helpful. If only your teeth are damaged, usually they can just be removed from your dental implant and then replaced.
However, if your actual titanium implant gets damaged beyond repair, then it can be left safely inside of the jaw if it’s too hard to remove. In that case, another dental implant can be fitted alongside the damaged one to replace it.
In many situations, treatment cost is only a bit more expensive compared to cost of traditional private dental treatment involving bridges and crowns. Over the long term, usually implants are a more satisfactory and cost-effective option.
Implants have other advantages as well. If you need an implant for replacing one tooth, it isn’t necessary to cut the teeth down on either side. With a bridge, your dentist has to do that to fit crowns into the teeth to provide the bridge with support.
Regular dentures frequently means that your drinking and eating are effected since dentures can move around. However,this problem isn’t caused by teeth that are attached to a dental implant since they are anchored more firmly to the bone than natural teeth are.