A guide on Dental Implants

A Dental Implant is used to support multiple or single false teeth and are placed in the jaw bone. They are constructed from a titanium metal rod and have a very high success rate. 90 percent of modern dental implants last no less than 15 years and are proven over the long term. They have a well established long term success.

Patients with a few of their own teeth can still have the other missing teeth gaps replaced with dental implants. The condition of the bone in the jaw can dictate the number of implants the patient can have.

There are a number of tests an implant dentist can carry out to allow him/her to assess the amount of bone present. A bone graft may be necessary if there is not enough bone present or the quality of the remain bone is poor.

A small procedural operation is required to place dental implants. Some discomfort can be expected for upto a week after the procedure but during the procedure no pain will be experienced. The operation is carried out with local anaesthetic and some light conscious sedation or it is possible to have general anaesthetic. The dentist will place implants to close the wound.

During the healing phase a complete or partial denture can be used. Alternatively a temporary crown or bridge may be used over the healing titanium implants. Healing time varies for the upper and lower jaw but generally is 6 months for the upper jaw and up to 3 months in the lower jaw. You must wait before the dental implants are restored and they must not be restored straight away.

Once the surgery is done to place the dental implants the dentist can give a more accurate indication of the amount of time it will take for the implants to integrate. If the process is complex then it may take up to 12 months to finish but sometimes it can be completed in as few as 5 months to attach the final false teeth or dentures.