Dental Implants

Q. What is a dental implant?

As shown in the picture, a dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in the upper or lower jawbone. The implant acts as a root to support crowns, bridges or dentures to replace one or more missing teeth.

Q. How long will dental implants last?

With routine checkups and the following of home care instructions, dental implants should last almost a lifetime.

Q. How can I tell if I am healthy enough to have dental implants?

Generally speaking, if a person has good health and is able to undergo surgery for routine bridgework or routine tooth extractions, the same person can receive dental implants. If the patient is taking any form of medication they should alert the dentist before receiving treatment. There are very few medical conditions that would prevent a patient from having an implant.

Q. Is the placement of dental implants painful?

No, dental implant placement is a very gentle procedure, normally carried out under a local anaesthetic, and in most cases a mild sedative. In surgical terms, it is similar to a wisdom tooth removal.

Q. How long will the procedure take?

Approximately 30 minutes for each implant placed.

Q. Will patients experience pain after the procedure?

There may be some slight discomfort and perhaps swelling for a short period which can be relieved with painkillers. Patients are usually given antibiotics and mild steroids for their comfort, most patients will report little or no discomfort.

Q. How will patients know if the dental implant has worked?

In the rare case of an implant not integrating with the bone, the implant will have slight movement which the dentist will be able to detect.

Q. How soon can a patient return to work after dental implant placement?

Normally after 24 hours. This really depends on each individual case.

Q. Do dental implants require special care?

Like natural teeth and gums, implants need a good oral hygiene program and regular checks by a dentist.