What Should I Ask My Oral Surgeon About Dental Implants
If you are looking for options in false teeth dental implants are a more comfortable and long lasting alternative to dentures. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove them and it feels like you have your natural teeth which improve eating, drinking, and speaking.
Am I suited To Receive Dental Implants?
If you are missing teeth you have the option of replacing them with dental implants, however, dental implants are not suitable for everyone. You may not be able to have dental implants if you have gum disease, weak bone structure or a condition that will prevent the jaw bone from healing after surgery.
You are eligible to receive dental implants if you have a healthy bone structure, your jawbone is fully grown and your body has the ability to heal itself naturally after surgery. We will need to receive a referral letter from your dentist before performing this surgery for you.
What Happens During Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implant surgery is performed over a few months. X-rays are taken for dentists and oral surgeons to determine the best place to put the implant. Then the first surgery is performed to place the metal screw part of the implant into the jawbone. This is the holding screw for the new tooth to go into.
Once this is done the bone is left to heal around the implant, which forms the base for the prosthetic tooth. Your dentist or oral surgeon will then wait until the jaw is healed and ready for the new tooth, another surgery is then performed to place the new tooth into the implanted screw. And the result is a very natural looking implant that doesn’t have to be removed at night for cleaning, just brush as you would your other teeth.
What Happens After My Surgery?
After surgery you will experience some discomfort as well as bruising and swelling around your gums and possibly the face. You may also experience a little bit of bleeding to the gums after surgery but as long as you keep your mouth clean there should be no further complications. Not all patients will experience bleeding after surgery but if you do there is nothing to be alarmed about. Your Oral surgeon will guide you on what you can expect during your healing.
There is no specific care needed for dental implants. You may need to eat soft foods after surgery for a few days and schedule regular check ups with your dentist or oral surgeon to check everything is ok, otherwise you should be able to continue life as normal with a very happy smile.
Contact us today for more information about dental implants on 07 3724 0319. If you need a referral speak to your local dentist before booking an appointment.