In this article, 5 of the core questions that patients ask about this procedure are answered, so you can determine whether or not this is something you want to undertake.
How are oral implants fitted?
Oral implants are fitted via a simple surgery. Your dentist will inject your gum with a numbing agent and will then make some precise incisions into your gum line. After the jaw has been exposed, some holes will be drilled and the implants will be fitted. Once securely in place, your dentist will close the gum line around the implants and the treatment is completed.
How long do they take to fuse?
On average, oral implants take between 3 to 6 months to fuse, depending on your age when they are fitted and your lifestyle post-treatment. If after 12 months your dentist finds that there is no sign of the implants fusing to your jaw, they will remove them and consider other restoration options for your teeth such as dentures or bridges.
Can older people have them fitted?
Yes, they can, as there is no upper age limit on having implants fitted. All that an older person needs to have oral implants fitted is a healthy jawbone that is not succumbing to diseases such as osteoporosis, as well as a jawbone that is thick enough to be able to support an implant. On top of this, they will also need to pass a general screening check for their health and oral health. So, if there are any signs of gum disease or tooth decay in their mouths, this will need to be treated before oral implants can be undertaken. But many older people have benefitted from the advantages of having oral implants fitted, as it is possible to secure a denture or bridge.
Are they expensive?
Many people have concerns about the costs of oral implant treatment, but it is worth noting that the majority of cosmetic dental surgeries that offer this treatment can also offer financing plans, to help you break down the cost. So, it is well worth searching for the right dental surgery which can offer the most desirable rates which are affordable for your budget.
How long do they last?
Provided that you maintain the correct aftercare that is required, which is as simple as brushing and flossing between your dental implants every day and attending check-ups with your dental team, oral implants can last up to 20 years, making them a significant investment in the appearance of your smile.
One of the core things you will need to look out for when you have had oral implants fitted is gum disease, as much like this disease can cause natural teeth to fall out, it can also create issues with oral implants. So be sure to attend check-ups with your dentist regularly.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.