New Year, new you? If you’ve got a couple of missing teeth, why not visit one of the highest quality dentists Manchester has to offer to discuss the possibility of an implant. A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth, a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails and just like a tooth root, is placed into the jawbone. They need to be cared for but are a well-established treatment for missing teeth and have been used for decades.
Are implants for me?
The bone your implants are fitted to needs to be strong and healthy. Though of course like any other surgical implants there is no lifetime guarantee.
If you are interested in getting implants your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. It may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first if the bone is not healthy enough.
Looking after your implants
You will need to attend frequent maintenance appointments.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. Though it should be noted you could get all these problems with natural teeth.
How long will it take?
The full length of treatment takes three to four months with the permanent false teeth fitted 3-4 months after the implants are put in. Some teeth can now even be fitted at the same time as the implants (these are called ‘immediate implants’) but you need to check with your dentist to see if these are suitable for you. Dentists should talk to you about your total expected treatment time before commencing treatment.