The dental implant treatment procedure involves drilling into the part of your jawbone where your tooth is missing, is and placing a titanium screw, which forms the artificial root. This may sound like it is destined to hurt, but the team at Harwood Dental Practice always use a local anaesthetic to perform this part of the treatment.
Fortunately, there are very rarely problems associated with dental implants. They have a success rate of 98% and, with proper care, can last many years. A few of the problems that can sometimes occur with dental implants are: Peri – implantitis – this is the destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants, and is similar to periodontitis which occurs around natural health. The best way to prevent peri-implantitis is to maintain good oral health care regime by visiting the dental hygienist regularly after the implants have been placed. You should avoid smoking as this can increase the risk of developing peri-implantitis. Pain after the dental implants have been placed – this is normally controlled by taking over the counter painkillers for one to two weeks after a dental implant is placed and is generally part of the healing process. However, if the pain continues and becomes severe, then please contact us immediately as there may be an underlying problem causing the pain. Discomfort after implant placement is normal – excessive pain is not.
If you keep your mouth healthy, implant roots (the metal part) should last as long as your natural teeth. They need caring for just as natural teeth do. The crowns or bridges supported by the dental implants can last a decade or more.
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