When you have missing teeth as an adult you may feel that the only solution to this is to have a bridge fitted or a partial denture
However, this may fill you with a sense of dread, as you may have concerns that the bridge will fall out or that the dentures will move and cause soreness against your gums. This should not be the case, provided that they are fitted correctly, but it is an understandable concern.
In 2022, there is a new way to restore your smile which offers you a permanent solution along with the sturdiness of natural teeth and that is to have oral implants. These are titanium screws which are attached to your jaw through the surgery, allowing your dentist to fit the prosthetic teeth securely. This will allow you to bite into food and chew as you did when you had a natural tooth or teeth in the area.
But before you rush to book a consultation relating to oral implants, you may have some questions and here, 5 of the most commonly searched questions relating to dental implants Wagga are answered.
Who is suitable for oral implants?
To be suitable for the standard endosteal implant, you have to be aged 18 years or over, have a healthy, sturdy jawbone and not have any signs of gum disease or tooth decay.
Ideally, you would not have any disorders which impact the bones such as osteoporosis. If you do, you may be suitable for one of the other types of oral implant.
What is the fitting like?
The fitting of oral implants sounds scarier and more dramatic than it actually is. Your dentist will numb the area around where the implant is to be fitted and will then gently make some incisions and peel back the gum. Using a drill to create a hole (if there isn’t one already available from a recently lost tooth), your dentist will then screw the implant into place. Once this is securely fitted, the gum is sewn back together, and the surgery is complete. In total, this process takes around 1 to 2 hours depending on how many implants are being fitted.
Is there a chance of infection?
As with all surgeries, there is a slight chance of infection. However, if you adhere to the aftercare set down by your dental team, this will be greatly reduced.
If you suspect that you have an infection, please do not hesitate to contact your dentist for an emergency appointment.
How long do they last?
Provided that you attend biannual check-ups with your dentist and that you brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth, your implants can easily last up to 20 years.
Be aware that gum disease can cause them to fall out prematurely, hence why it is so important to attend your check-ups!
Are they very expensive?
Oral implants may seem expensive, but the majority of dental surgeries that offer them are able to also offer suitable patients payment plans or financing, allowing you to spread the cost over several months. For more information, talk to your cosmetic dentist about these financing options.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.