They’ve been around for a good while now, but it’s amazing how many people still don’t know about dental implants. Maybe this is because they are so good at replacing teeth that they are easy for you to keep secret. This is unlike dentures, which can make themselves known by slipping around in the mouth, and sometimes even popping out completely.
Dental implant-supported crowns can’t wobble around because the implants are fixed into the jawbone. The implants look like small posts or screws that are tapered to resemble tooth roots.
Here at Aesthetic Smiles in Leicester, we fit dental implants into your jawbone under local anaesthetic. This is more than enough to numb the area, but if you find it hard to relax at the dentist, it might be a good idea to also have some kind of sedation.
One dental implant can support up to 3 crowns on a bridge. This means you don’t have to replace every lost tooth with an implant. Indeed, if you have lost all your teeth, there are techniques to replace an entire arch on just 4-6 implants. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, just ask us about All-on-4 and Same Day Teeth.
Who can have dental implants?
Having dental implants requires a strong, dense jawbone. It needs to be able to sustain the minor surgery to fit the implants, and then to sustain the years of multidirectional forces that are created by chewing.
When you come to us for a consultation, we will take a good look at your jawbone. We will want to examine it using x-rays and scans so that we can be sure that your jawbone is in good enough condition to have implants fitted. If your jawbone has lost size and density through tooth loss, we may have to do some preparatory work to augment the bone. Treatments for this are bone grafts or sinus lifts.
We may also have to think carefully if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled type 2 diabetes as both can interfere with healing, which is an important phase in dental implant treatment.