19th May 2016
10 Facts you should know about dental implants
If you live in South West London and have a gap in your mouth where a tooth fell out or was removed by your dentist, then you might want to find out a bit more about dental implants. By filling that gap with an implant, you can prevent yourself from bite and tooth movement problems in the future.
Having an implant fitted can reduce the speed of shrinkage of the jawbone, caused by tooth loss, as well as help you avoid more immediate problems such as speech difficulties and chewing effectively. Here are the top 10 things you should know about dental implants:
- A dental implant is a permanent solution to tooth loss. It’s effectively a false tooth, designed to fit in with your existing teeth. The implant will be colour matched and it’ll be hard for anyone else to tell that the tooth is not natural.
- When you have a dental implant fitted, it will be buried into your jawbone. Following this procedure your mouth will heal naturally and the implant, or root will be able to support a crown within 3-6 months.
- The procedure to have the implant fitted takes around 1-2 hours, but each patient is different.
- A temporary crown will be fitted onto the root or implant in the first instance. A permanent crown will fitted several months later.
- In theory, anybody can have an implant fitted regardless of age. However an implant is likely to be more successful in a healthy mouth. Your dentist will be able to advise you as to whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. A lot of the dentist’s decision will be based on the size and quality of your jawbone.
- Diabetes is a condition that may prevent you from having an implant fitted and if you smoke, you might be refused treatment as well. This is because the success rate of implants is much lower for diabetics and smokers.
- In general the success rate of dental implants is 90-95%. These statistics were taken over a 30 year period.
- Occasionally complications with implants arise. There is a very low risk of damage to parts of the mouth. Your dentist will be able to advise you of the exact details of this as well as explain which measures are taken to ensure complications do not occur.
- It’s important to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible following the fitting of your implant. Your dentist will be able to give you more information about how to do this.
- The advantages of implants over dentures is that they are more stable, more comfortable and they offer better support. They are also permanent and you won’t have to take them in and out for cleaning.
To find out more about having dental implants in Southwest London, please give our expert team a call. They’ll be able to provide you with as much information as you need, as well as arrange a time for you to come in for a consultation.