Frequently Asked Questions
Q – How soon do I need to replace a missing tooth?
A – In the realm of missing teeth the rule of thumb is ‘the earlier the better’. Once a tooth is lost the bone around it will begin to disappear. The earlier an implant is placed the more bone can be saved.
Q – Why are implants the best solution?
A – The benefits of dental implants come from their strength and stability. They replace the tooth from the root and mimic the behaviour of the natural tooth allowing normal levels of biting and eating. They are extremely durable and if looked after well can last as long as a natural tooth. They have cosmetic advantages too as they look and feel like a natural tooth and they cause no damage to surrounding healthy teeth and gums.
Q – How long will my implant last?
A – Dental implants have an extremely high success rate and just like your natural teeth they will last as long as you look after them. If you keep them clean they will remain strong and fixed in place.
Q – Does it hurt?
A – The implant placing procedure is performed under local anaesthetic so during the operation you won’t feel any pain. If you feel extra nervous about the procedure we can arrange for your operation to be performed under sedation. After your implant is placed you may feel some discomfort for a few days which can be quelled with over the counter painkillers.
Q – Are implants safe?
A – Yes. Studies have shown that implants are the safest and best method for the replacement of missing teeth.
Q – How long does the treatment take?
A – Each patient’s circumstances are different and your dentist will put together a personal treatment plan to explain the procedure and time frame step by step.
Q – What do I need to do after the treatment?
A – Gentle cleaning and brushing on the days post procedure will help keep the implant clean and free from infection. The implant needs time to fuse to the bone and this can take between 3 and 5 months. Looking after your implant isn’t too different to looking after your natural teeth and your dentist will give you instructions on how to best keep them clean and strong.