A dental implant is comprised of two main parts — a titanium screw and a dental crown. The screw is placed in the jaw bone and left to heal for several months.
During this time, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone. In this way, it mimics just like a natural tooth root, anchoring your artificial tooth in place.
The first step in a dental implant procedure is a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums, followed by x-rays of your jaw.
Assuming no complications arise during these preliminary examinations, your dentist will then numb the area with a local anaesthetic, before embedding the titanium screw in your jawbone.
Several months later, your implant will be fully healed and securely fixed to your jaw. At this stage, your dentist can attach a dental crown to the top of your implant.
No. You will receive a local anaesthetic exactly where you need it, so although will remain awake throughout the procedure, you should not feel any discomfort.
You will likely feel mild discomfort in the days following your implant placement, but you can manage this with over-the-counter painkillers.
Most of our patients are suitable for dental implants. However, if your dentist finds you have poor bone density in your jaw during your initial examination, you may require a bone graft procedure before you can receive an implant.
Dental implants don’t require any specific maintenance. Simply keep up a good standard of oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Depending on the material you choose for your dental crown, implants can last for 20 years or more. Even though the crown may need replacing at some stage, the titanium implant itself should last you a lifetime.