What to Expect Before, During & After Getting Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the best available cosmetic dentistry treatments for missing teeth. When a tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth and the root are lost. This can cause additional health issues on top of restricting the types of foods you can enjoy and preventing your enjoyment of a bright, healthy smile.
Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jawbone which fuse with the bone and serve as a strong foundation for a replacement ceramic tooth. Dental implants are suitable for all ages and a variety of situations where a tooth or multiple teeth are missing due to injury, disease or decay. Here’s what to expect when getting dental implants.
Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure for getting dental implants varies depending on the number of teeth being replaced. The procedure may begin with a tooth extraction if you have a dead or damaged tooth that needs to be removed. The implant post is then placed in your jawbone and covered while the bone fuses to it. Once the implant is fused to the bone (which takes between 3 to 9 months), a ceramic tooth is attached.
The procedure may sound intimidating, but your dentist will ensure you are relaxed and won’t feel a thing using anaesthetic. The healing process is also very quick, and any minor soreness or discomfort felt after the procedure is easily managed using over-the-counter painkillers. There’s no need to change or take breaks from your regular work or lifestyle. Dental implants are one of the safest, most effective and most predictable dental procedures carried out to permanently replace missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the closest possible alternative to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to eat, smile, laugh and talk with ease and confidence. They are much more comfortable and easier to maintain compared to dentures. You care for them just as you would your normal teeth, by brushing and flossing. An additional benefit of dental implants is that they don’t cause any wear and tear on surrounding teeth.
Dental implants also last far longer than other options such as bridges or dentures and prevent bone loss that can often occur from having missing teeth. Dental implants look great, are very comfortable and can be used exactly like normal teeth. This means you can eat whatever you like without any issues as the implants are capable of withstanding hard foods.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Caring for your new dental implants is just like caring for natural teeth. Simply make sure you brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Dental implants that are well maintained should last a lifetime. Remember that while replacement teeth are immune to cavities, they can still experience wear and tear. Cleaning plaque off them is also important for preventing other dental health issues like gum disease.
Schedule an Appointment with Dentist on the Gold Coast
To find out more about dental implants or other cosmetic dentistry options, call Dentists on the Gold Coast today on 07 5531 2053 to schedule an appointment or make a booking online. Our dedicated team provides a range of general, cosmetic, emergency and preventive dental care.