Here at Parrock Street Dental we see a lot of patients who suffer with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. We do our best to offer a solution our patients problems and dental implants are top of the list as a permanent solution for missing teeth. Read on to see all of the questions we often get asked about implants:

 

What is an implant?
An implant is an artificial tooth consisting of a man made root and a natural looking replacement tooth. We use titanium for the root and porcelain to create the tooth.

Are implants safe and how often will I need to replace my implants?
Implants are tried and tested, they have been used for a long time and are considered very safe. Nine out of ten modern implants will last for at least 15 years.

 

Can everyone have an implant?
Your dentist will examine and take x-rays of the area to be treated, which will indicate whether implant treatment is the best option. Sometimes you may need a bone graft or a procedure called a sinus-lift if the implant needs additional support.

 

How can dentures improve implants?
Full dentures can be anchored with just a few implants. You will be able to chew more effectively and can avoid covering the palate with a plate. This improves the enjoyment and taste of food.

When would I need an implant?
Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or to replace a tooth that needs extraction. If a gap is left from a missing tooth, not only can it look unsightly but the teeth either side can tip into it over time, causing problems with the bite and, in some cases, gum disease. Whilst partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, implants are usually a much better option since dentures can hasten the loss of remaining natural teeth.
Is fitting an implant comfortable?
As with all dental care, modern techniques are quite comfortable. The initial part of fitting an implant requires surgey to insert the root. This is usually performed with a local anaesthetic but you have sedation if preferred. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness or swelling following the procedure.

What is the first step?

The first step would be to contact us at the practice to book your appointment. The dentist would need to see you to assess the health of your mouth and also to discuss your treatment goals and then we can get you started on your journey with us for a New Smile!!!

If you have any questions, or if you would like to book an appointment then do not hesitate our reception team on 01474 537 191 and we will be happy to speak to you or book your appointment.

 

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.