Can I get dental implants?
Almost anyone with one or more missing teeth is eligible for a dental implant replacement. There are some contraindications, such as untreated diabetes, or if you are allergic to the materials used in the implants. There are cases when a patient does not have efficient bone density, where, if the bone is too weak the implants cannot be placed, but in such cases a dental specialist can perform a bone graft, making the bone strong enough to hold an implant.
Does it hurt?
Most of the patients discover to their own surprise that the procedure and surgery brings more discomfort than real pain. Of course, you may feel some pain during and after the procedure but simple painkillers should do the trick, and doctors often find that pain medication is not required. However, you need to remember that if you’re suffering from severe pain which doesn’t go away, you must immediately contact your dentist. Severe pain is usually not usual, so do report this to your dentist.
How long does it take to have the dental implant replacement?
If the patient’s bone is sufficient and there is no need for bone grafting, there’s the option of performing an immediate tooth placement onto the dental implants. If so, the implants and replacement teeth can be done in one sitting. However, very often the bone is not dense enough and needs a bone graft, after which a couple of weeks to a month or more is needed for regeneration so that the support is will hold an implant. In cases where the bone is of very poor quality and a great deal bone grafting need to be performed, the whole treatment can last as long as 9 months. Nevertheless, the most common treatment time is about a few weeks to several months.
Is it easy to take care of the implants at home?
Maintenance depends on the type of the implant used. If you have only one tooth replaced with a dental implant and crown, you can easily brush with a toothbrush, as you would normally do. When you have bridges supported on dental implants, you clean them the same way you would a bridge. If you have a removable overdenture you need to clean not only the overdenture but also the attachments. From time to time you will need to see a dentist/hygienist, and at least once a year visit a dental surgeon specialist for a detailed check-up.