2nd March 2021
What Is The Best Type Of Dental Implants
Today’s post is all about dental implants, a popular treatment for replacing missing teeth. Here in Clapham, our dentists are experts in the procedure, and are here to answer some common questions about the treatment.
What are dental implants?
Think of dental implants as highly realistic false teeth. They’re made of a combination of porcelain and metal, and are inserted into your gap(s) to restore your bite, chew function and smile.
How many types of dental implants are there?
It depends on how many teeth you’re replacing. A single dental implant can replace individual missing teeth; an implant-supported bridge has one or more false teeth supported by a dental implant at each end; and dental implant-retained dentures can replace a full set, or all, missing teeth.
Which is best for me?
If you’re considering tooth implants, you’ll need to attend an appointment with our Clapham Common dentists. They can help advise on which option is best for you – and can also offer an alternative treatment, such as dentures, if preferred.
How is a tooth implant fitted?
They’re fitted in two parts. First comes the metal post, then when healed, the porcelain crown is attached. The first part of the process involves minor surgery, as an incision has to be made before the post can be placed.
How long do they last?
Whichever type you choose, they can last a lifetime with the right care. That means attending regular check-ups with our Clapham dentists, following the recommended daily oral hygiene routine, and keeping an eye on signs of problems (such as a wobbly tooth implant).
What are the risks of dental implants?
With any type of surgical procedure, there’s always a risk of infection. With dental implants, there’s also the possibility that the body will reject it, as part of the procedure involves the dental implant ‘fusing’ with the underlying bone and gum tissue. However, this risk is low as the metal used is biocompatible (not harmful to your body) and generally, 90-95% of tooth implant procedures are a success. If you experience swelling, soreness or a fever/chills, it could be a sign something’s wrong – and our Clapham dentists can help.
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