Dental implants are the latest method of replacing teeth that are missing or require extraction. They are made of three key components – an anchor, which looks like a screw, that is inserted into the jawbone, a crown that acts as a replacement tooth, and an abutment that secures the two together.
For many people, the idea of having a metal screw inserted into their jaw is absolutely terrifying. However, anesthesia is used during the procedure meaning that you shouldn’t feel any pain. Some swelling and soreness after is common, but this has usually dissipated by the next day, and over the counter pain relief is normally sufficient to alleviate any discomfort that you may feel.
The length of the treatment depends on the extent of the work that you need, but you can expect to make several visits to your dentist’s office over the course of a six-month period. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate treatment timeline based on your personal dental requirements.
Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device at around 98%. However, a robust oral hygiene routine is crucial to ensuring their results for the long-term