1. What is a dental implant?
A Dental Implant is essentially a small screw which is integrated into the jaw bone to serve as artificial roots. They provide a stable foundation for dental restorations and appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures. They are made from biocompatible materials (not harmful or toxic to living tissue).
2. Can anyone have dental implants?
Generally most people with good health are suitable for dental implants. While there are very few health conditions that contraindicate dental implant treatment, it should be noted that smoking and a history of gum disease have been shown to affect implant treatment success rates. A full examination and CT scan is often required to assess suitability.
3. How long does the treatment take?
The duration of the dental implant process varies from patient to patient. After the implant placement, a healing period of a few months is usually necessary for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. The final restoration, such as a crown or bridge, is then attached to the implant. The overall process can take several months, but it ensures a successful and long-lasting outcome.
From initial consultation to completion, the process takes around 3-6 months, depending on the patient and complexity of the treatment plan
4. Does it hurt?
At Gunning Dental, we’re committed to making your visits as comfortable, pain and stress-free as possible. We use local anaesthetic when placing the implant into your gum and jaw to ensure no discomfort. It is not uncommon for Andrew to have patients say they didn’t feel much at all during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort or swelling after the surgery, but it can be managed with prescribed medication.
5. How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to be a long-lasting solution. With proper care and regular dental visits, they can last a lifetime. However, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene and follow your dentist’s instructions for optimal longevity.
6. How do I care for dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. It involves regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. Your dentist or dental therapist will provide you with specific instructions on oral hygiene practices to maintain the health and longevity of your dental implants. Regular trips to a dental hygienist are recommended to maintain your investment and often a requirement for your treatment guarantee to be upheld.
7. What are the benefits of dental implants compared to other tooth replacement options?
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. They provide a natural look and feel, restore chewing efficiency, improve speech, and help maintain jawbone health. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent and do not require adhesives or removal for cleaning.
8. Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants may have a higher upfront cost compared to other tooth replacement options. However, considering their longevity and the long-term benefits they offer, they are a valuable investment in your oral health and overall well-being. Our team can provide you with detailed information on the cost and financing options during your consultation.