4th July 2021
How Long Does A Dental Implant Procedure Take?
Looking into dental implants? That’s fantastic news! These clever false teeth replace one or more missing ones, and are the ideal solution for smile restoration and peace of mind. In today’s post, our dentists here in Clapham talk about how long the procedure lasts, what’s involved, what tooth implants are made of, and more. Read on to get started.
What are dental implants?
They’re false teeth. They fit into several groups: single, multiple, dentures and bridges. In other words, whatever false teeth restorations you’ve heard of, you can also achieve with dental implants, but with a much stronger and longer-lasting solution.
What’s the difference between these tooth implants?
Single – these are for single teeth.
Multiple – these are for multiple teeth.
Bridges – these link a false tooth between two ‘caps’ that fit round the surrounding teeth.
Dentures – these replace entire sets of teeth. They usually involve a ‘popper’ mechanism.
What are dental implants made of?
Two components – metal and porcelain. The metal, usually titanium or aluminium, acts as a strong anchor point. The porcelain component replaces your natural tooth crown. It’s also a material used in other dental restorations, like the creation of crowns and veneers.
What happens during treatment?
After a consultation to check your suitability, you’ll have an appointment to go into the dentist’s chair. The process involves first numbing the area, then gently making an incision, drilling a tiny hole, and finally screwing the root in place. After healing, the crown will be fitted (though a temporary one is worn in the meantime).
How long does it all take?
Providing there are no complications or supporting treatments needed (such as a sinus lift), you can expect treatment to take roughly 1 hour per implant. Healing can take many months, but we find the best things in life are often worth waiting for!
How long will my tooth implant last?
Well, most dentists agree that dental implants have a high success rate – somewhere between 90 and 95%. And, if you care for it properly (think regular check-ups and good oral care), it could last a lifetime.
Why have dental implants?
They’re ideal as a permanent solution for missing teeth, and both look the part and act the part, too. As we’ve said, they’re also very discreet.
Booking your tooth implant treatment
If you’re ready to take the first step in your smile restoration journey, we’d love to help. Talk to our experts about dental implants in Clapham, London today.