Dental implant surgery replaces tooth roots with screwlike posts, replacing missing or damaged teeth with artificial versions that look and function as close to natural teeth as is possible.
Dental implant surgery is a permanent alternative to bridgework or dentures that don’t fit too well.
Implants are also a good option when the absence of natural teeth roots means there is no structure to support bridgework or dentures.
The primary benefit of implants is reliable support for your new teeth — due to a bonding process called osseointegration that can take several months to complete.
But dental implants are surgery, and many of our patients considering missing-tooth replacement have some trepidation about undergoing it both for economic and safety reasons.
And no surgery should be undertaken lightly. But tooth implants are quite safe, and the risks they represent are relatively low, particularly with a skilled dentist like your Forster Dental Centre dentist.
Let’s take a look at why you shouldn’t be overly worried about getting dental implants at Forster Dental Centre.
Why you should consider dental implants?
Time is of the essence. The longer you put your dental implants off, the more you reduce the possibility of optimal overall health.
Also, the longer you wait, the more difficult the tooth replacement process becomes.
Your Forster Dental Centre dentist is a trained professional. We are used to dealing with anxious patients, and for that reason, they take particular care when it comes to explaining the overall procedure, so you entirely understand it.
If you have any questions about the process, your doctor should be able to address them and make you feel at ease.
The process isn’t ‘mysterious’. Forster Dental Centre can explain the steps of a dental implant procedure in detail during your consultation, and we’re happy to walk you through what we’re doing during the process.
For the moment, here’s a basic sketch of what happens if you visit us for dental implants:
- Thoroughly plan your treatment using state-of-the-art dental technology
- Numb your mouth with an anaesthetic so you won’t feel discomfort
- Perform any necessary tooth extractions or other required procedures
- Precisely place your implants
Anesthesia can be used during surgery. Believe it or not, implant procedures are typically an easier procedure than tooth extractions.
If the person undergoing the procedure is healthy, there should be no problem undergoing the procedure.
Usually, a local anesthetic is used for the procedure around the areas that will be affected, and the procedure takes place while the patient is conscious.
If the patient has anxiety due to being awake and aware during the procedure, dentists may provide sedatives or anti-anxiety medication to the patient.
Dental implants are long-lived. Unlike older implants, today’s dental implants have a high success rate, from 95 to 98 per cent.
Compared to dentures and bridgework, implants are long-lived and maintenance free. Dental implants usually last from 25 to 30 years, and with good care, they can last a lifetime.
The aftercare is easy and relatively painless. After the surgery, you may feel a minor, dull pain around the implant area, but this usually goes away in a few days.
This discomfort is generally managed with OTC pain relievers like Advil or Ibuprofen. You’ll have to eat soft foods, keep the area clean, stay hydrated, and maintain your oral hygiene.
But once the posts and teeth are in, you go back to normal life, treating your implant as you would treat your natural teeth. And once you reach that stage? You are done!
No more problems related to your missing teeth, better dental health, better overall health, better chewing, and a far better smile!
Implants aren’t as expensive as you might think. Dental implants become economical over time. Many of our patients look at the initial cost of dental implants and consider cheaper treatments.
But while dental implants do cost more initially, over time their expense shrinks.
Because they can be lifetime treatments, there is no need for follow up, and because they have metal ‘roots’, they protect your jawbone from erosion, saving you an aged appearance down the line and need for additional treatment.
Dental implants do cost more than some dental procedures, but considering the length of time you will have them, they are an excellent investment.
In any case, there’s little point in worrying about the price until you’ve gotten a quality estimate from Forster Dental Centre.
Your Local Dentist at Forster Dental Centre
At Forster Dental Centre, we provide each patient with the care that allows them to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life!
We offer an extensive range of dental services from preventative dentistry to restorative dental options along with the latest in cosmetic dentistry solutions for straighter and whiter teeth.
We pride ourselves on listening to the needs and concerns of all our patients and aim to provide you with the personalised attention you and your family deserves.