What Are Dental Implants?
If you’ve come across this blog, then you’re no doubt interested in dental implants and are wondering what they can do for your smile. Here at Ropergate, Pontefract, our expert dentists carry out countless tooth implants procedures every year, and know all there is to know about this clever little treatment. Read on to find out what dental implants are, how they work, risks and benefits and more.
So, what are dental implants?
They’re false teeth that are permanently implanted into your jaw bone. The process might sound painful, but it’s minimally-invasive and carried out under a local anaesthetic. A metal, screw-like post is first implanted, with a temporary crown used while it heals. Once it’s adhered to your bone, a porcelain crown is attached to the post to complete the tooth.
What happens during treatment?
First, you’ll enjoy a consultation here at our Pontefract dental practice. This helps us get to know each other so you feel comfortable and informed about the treatment on the day. We’ll look over your dental history and assess your smile, and can offer alternative treatments if dental implants aren’t suitable for you. The tooth implant treatment, as detailed above, is then carried out in two appointments, several months apart to allow for healing.
Do dental implants look fake?
Not at all. They’re incredibly realistic and blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. Most people can’t spot a tooth implant when someone smiles. The crown is also matched to the exact shade of your other teeth, making it superbly discreet. That’s why we usually recommend having teeth whitening before having one placed – so it can look its best and brightest.
Do dental implants need replacing?
No. Tooth implants are sturdy and secure in your mouth and should last a lifetime. However, those with poor oral health could develop gum disease, which affects the gums and underlying bone – effectively affecting the foundation of the tooth implant. That’s why dental check-ups and good oral care are so essential.
What are the risks and benefits of treatment?
The good news is that tooth implants are over 90% successful. That’s incredibly high for a restorative procedure. Most of the risks come from the minimally-invasive surgery required to place the implants, such as infection or injury. Visiting a reputable dental practice such as ours can help mitigate these risks.
Benefits, however, are numerous: realistic tooth, strong replacement, prevents gum and bone loss, preserves bite, preserves ‘structure’ of the face… we could go on!
How do I book with you?
Get in touch with our Pontefract dental practice via our contact page.