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A Guide to Dental Implants in Solihull

What are dental implants?

A dental implant solihull is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as implants.

Are Dental Implants safe? How long will they last?

Dental Implants Solihull are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. 90 per cent of modern implants last for at least 15 years.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with dental implants from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can Dental Implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your implant dentist in solihull will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do Dental Implants hurt?

Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation or with a general anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.

Can I have the new teeth straight away?

No. The dental implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures solihull, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.

Stage 1: implant fixture

Stage 1: implant fixture

Stage 2: crown or bridge abutment fitted

Stage 2: crown or bridge abutment fitted

How long does treatment take?

It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the dental implants. However, if only the lower jaw is involved then it may only take around 5 months. A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Your implant dentist in solihull will be able to give you a timetable once the surgery has been done.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?

Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the dental implants?

Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and don’t smoke, then you should not have any problems.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

Most artificial teeth attached to dental implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist in solihull. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the dental implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.

The crown to be cemented onto the abutment

The crown to be cemented onto the abutment

Do the implants show?

Your solihull will make sure that the dental implants won’t show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. You will need to be able to see them, so that you can clean them properly.

The end result

The end result

Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?

No, unless you’re only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.

What if I get hit in the face?

Dental Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. However, if the false teeth are damaged and the remnants are left in the bone then they may be more difficult to remove than natural teeth would be. After healing, new false teeth can then be placed alongside the fragments.

What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

This happens very rarely. If the dental implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Or, the solihull dentist can make a bridge, using the implanted false teeth that have taken.

An xray image of the implant fitted

An xray image of the implant fitted

Is the treatment expensive?

Unfortunately, yes. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges. There are advantages to it, too. A dental implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the teeth either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about. But teeth attached to a dental implant don’t cause this problem.

Where do I get this treatment?

Talk to your implant dentist solihull, so you can be referred for assessment and treatment. Your dentist may already carry out some or all of this type of treatment and will give you the advice you need.

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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