Last year I knocked out one of my incisors when I was playing rugby and instead of leaving a gaping hole in my smile I decided to get an implant. In terms of dental implants Sheffield has some of the best dentists who offer this service and so after seeking the right dentist to perform the surgery, I decided to get it done as soon as possible. Whether you are afraid of going to the dentist or not, this is certainly a procedure which can instill a bit of fear in you and so today I want to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, in order to put your mind at ease.
Dental implants are for patients who have their adult teeth and they either lose one in an accident or because of health issues or if the dentist needs to remove one.
How Do They Do It?
To place an implant into your mouth the dentist will need to use the jawbone to fix the new tooth and ensure that it is just as strong as the others. There are two procedures which are used here which are endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants. In the case of the endeosteal implants these are teeth which are screwed directly into your jawbone. Once the gum tissue around the area is healed, a second surgery will be needed where the dentist will then fit a supporting post, which is what the tooth will fix on to. The subperiosteal implant will involve the dentist screwing a metal frame to the jawbone which will then support the tooth or teeth which will then be implanted.
In order for you to be considered for implants you should have healthy gums and and adequate bone in the jaw in order to support the implant. Additionally you should ensure a commitment to meticulous oral hygiene and taking care of your teeth and especially the implant.
These implants aren’t cheap and whilst prices vary from dentist to dentist, the average cost of a treatment such as this is £2,340. Many dentists may offer payment plans which you can utilize to financially support you in getting this treatment completed.
Even though you already know that I have had an implant put in my mouth, if I challenged you to guess which one when looking at them then you won’t be able to do so. The implant is shaped and colored to seamless slot in amongst your regular teeth and the results look great.
You will most likely be put to sleep during the procedure and so the only pain which you will feel is during your recovery. There will definitely be some aching in the days and weeks after the surgery which you can manage with over-the-counter pain relief. Remember that both your jaw and your gums are affected so it will take some time. Be prepared with foods which are easy to digest and make sure you have plenty of pain relief.
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