Do you want to close that gap in your smile but don’t want to have dentures fitted? Are you curious to learn about the ever-popular oral implant?
Here, 5 common questions about oral implants are answered, helping you to decide whether this restorative procedure is right for you.
How long do oral implants last?
With the correct aftercare, dental implants Brentwood should last up to and over 15 years.
However, during this time, you will need to brush them twice a day, attend dental appointments every 6 months and keep an eye out for signs of gum disease that could cause you to lose your implants.
For more advice on how to look after your implants, talk to your dentist.
How much do oral implants cost?
This is a tough question to answer as there is no set price; any dental surgery that offers oral implants for a set price should be avoided by the way!
There are different types of oral implants, and depending on how many teeth are being replaced, you may require more of them. To get an idea of how much your implants would cost, it is best to consult with multiple dental clinics that offer them and simply go for whichever one suits your budget. However, do not compromise on quality, reviews or gut feelings!
Are oral implants painful to fit?
In short, no.
Your dentist will ensure that your jaw and gums are completely numbed before beginning the implants procedure, and if you are a nervous patient, you may even be offered sedation.
Once you are at home, the sensation you feel as the anaesthesia wears off should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as paracetamol. Try to avoid taking anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, as these can thin the blood and worsen bruising.
If you are concerned about the level of discomfort you are experiencing post-fitting, please contact your dentist.
Can I get implants at a reduced cost abroad?
You can, but it is unlikely that they will be as high-quality as the ones you would receive in the UK.
In short, for clinics abroad to offer implants at lower prices, they often have to cut back on necessary tests or equipment; this means that your implants are likely to fail sooner as the correct care may not be implemented.
To ensure you receive high-quality implants and aftercare, choose a clinic that has high reviews from former patients and an implant surgeon or dentist on staff.
Will I need to limit my diet after having oral implants fitted?
No, you won’t!
Aside from the initial healing period when your gums need to recover from surgery, there is no need to reduce your diet once your oral implants have fused and your prosthetic teeth have been fitted.
However, be aware that if you smoked cigarettes or drank excessive quantities of alcohol before having your implants fitted, you will need to abstain from these activities as much as possible to ensure that your implants last a long time.