More and more people are now aware of dental implants and increasingly having dental implant therapy as the ideal solution to their missing tooth or multiple teeth.
The reality is that nobody wants to lose a tooth, and especially when it is one at the front of the mouth. Most people are nervous about using dentures to replace a missing tooth, due to the size/shape and potential looseness while talking and eating.
With dental implants, this problem is eradicated, as it is a fixed tooth replacement.
At Azure Dental in Formby, we want our patients to have the best treatment possible. For patients that are suitable for dental implants, this is considered to be the best way to replace a missing tooth, or teeth. Despite this, some patients have concerns about the nature of the procedure and what might be involved. In today’s blog, we look to answer one of the main concerns we often hear about this treatment- is it really painful to have a dental implant?
Placing a dental implant requires extreme precision. It is also important that the implant is placed into an already healthy mouth in order to minimise the risk of infection. Before any treatment starts, we will have a full consultation with you where the treatment will be discussed. We will assess the available bone structure to determine whether the implant can be placed immediately or requires a prior bone graft using the latest state of the art 3D bone scan technology and digital planning software. The scan can be used to digitally plan the exact placing of the titanium implant in the best possible position, taking into consideration important factors such as the position of the lower nerves and upper sinuses etc. If, during your pre-procedural examination, we discover issues such as gingivitis, this will be treated before your procedure can take place.
As the fear of painful treatment is one of the things that discourages some patients from having dental implants, it is worth reminding Azure Dental patients that our latest modern anaesthetics are very powerful indeed. Whilst we accept that you are unlikely to actually ‘enjoy’ any the treatment, we will ensure the treatment is pain free. You may experience some discomfort afterwards but this should be manageable with normal pain relief such as Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Once you are comfortable seated in our treatment room, we will make sure you are all happy before the treatment starts. You will then be given a strong local anaesthetic and the treatment area allowed to fully numb before we start.
To place the implant, we will first lift the gum slightly so that we can access the bone. Using a fine high speed dental drill, aided by the scans for precision, a small hole will then be placed into the bone. Once the hole has been made, your titanium dental implant will be placed into it. We will then place a few dissolving stitches to help the gum hold together during the first few days after the treatment.
As you might expect; as the anaesthetic wears off, there is likely to be a little residual discomfort in the area where the implant has been placed. In most cases, this should be manageable by using your usual painkillers. In the rare event that you experience a higher degree of pain, or if it lasts for more than a few days, please do get in touch with us so that we can check that everything is in order.
The healing time, where the implant and bone fuse, takes around three months and it will be necessary for you to take particularly good oral health care during this healing period. We will provide comprehensive advice for you following your treatment and we are always available if you have any questions or concerns.
Once the bone and implant have healed together (osseo-integration), the rest of the treatment is relatively straightforward. An abutment is first attached to the titanium implant, and then a dental crown attached to the abutment to replace the missing tooth. In some cases, minor gum surgery may be needed to place the abutment as the gum will need to be opened very slightly to access the implant.
Once this last part of the treatment has taken place, your procedure is over and you will have a strong and secure tooth replacement that can last for many years into the future.
All in all, the vast majority of our Azure Dental patients who have had this procedure have told us that it was nowhere near as bad as they had anticipated. Fear can be a powerful thing and we are more than happy to talk our patients through the procedure, answering any questions that they may have, so that they can receive the most effective treatment to replace their missing tooth – with minimal discomfort.
If you have a missing tooth, or perhaps a partial denture that is unstable, why not contact Azure Dental to see if you are a suitable candidate for implant tooth replacement.
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Implants are a very predictable treatment option. They have good long term success rates but require regular care and maintenance to ensure they remain healthy for as long as possible.
Implants are generally placed under local anaesthetic. Once numb treatment is carried out with the very minimum of discomfort.
No, your dentist will show you how to clean any hard to reach areas around the implant. But you’ll mostly clean them as you would your normal teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a long term solution to your gap(s). They require less frequent replacement than other solutions such as dentures or bridgework, making them an overall cost-effective solution to replace a missing tooth (teeth).
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