If you have a broken or missing tooth, then dental implants are a worthwhile consideration. They are a solid, fixed alternative to dentures that, with proper care, can last a lifetime. Studies have shown that individuals with dental implants can speak, chew and eat much more effectively, when compared to wearing traditional dentures.
Who should I see about getting implants?
Obviously, you do need to see a professional, qualified dentist and in Sutton, Coldfield, dental implants will be offered by many practices. Check their websites, many will have testimonials from satisfied patients, talk to friends to see how they feel about their dentists and see if you can find people who have dental implants and talk to them. You need to feel comfortable with whoever you choose since getting dental implants will take more than one appointment.
How long will they last?
The good news is that the first dental implant ever fitted lasted 46 years. So, with proper care it can be said that dental implants can last a lifetime. If you beat the record please inform your dentist, they’ll probably want to put the information on their website and gloat to their peers. In general, however, it is considered that dental implants will last between ten and twenty years.
What happens during the procedure?
The dentist will bring you in for an examination to make sure dental implants are right for you. They will discuss with you exactly what you want and make sure you are happy with the treatment plan. They also need to make sure that any crown, bridge or denture matches the colour of your original teeth.
Once everything is in order you will be asked back to the practice for your fitting. Your dentist will make a small incision in your gum and use a special drill to make a small hole in your jaw bone. A tiny screw will then be inserted into the jaw and the gum will be resealed.
Then your bone will naturally mesh with the screw creating a solid foundation for your crown, bridge or denture.
After a few weeks, the crown can be fitted and you can smile with confidence again.