A diagram of a Dental Implant fused into the jaw

10th August 2020

The Lowdown On Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery is a procedure that essentially replaces a missing or damaged tooth with a metal rod that serves the same purpose and function as a real tooth. Tooth implants provide the same results, if not better, as dentures but without embarrassing slippage. Keep reading today’s blog to find out everything you need to know about tooth implants.

Who is suitable for dental implants?

Dental implants in Wolverhampton are the ideal solution for those who are missing a tooth or are missing multiple teeth. Whether through a sporting injury, accident, or the simple ageing process, missing a tooth can cause several impacts such as a lack of self-confidence and mouth function. There are a few options you could choose from depending on your needs. For single missing teeth, a single dental implant will suffice. Those that are missing more than one tooth will need to opt for an implant-supported bridge or implant-retained denture.


What is a dental implant made of?

Your dental implant comes in two parts and is made of two separate materials. The part which we install first is the root which is made of titanium.  This is because medical studies were conducted into the compatibility of titanium and bone, and they found that the metal actually invites your bone to heal around it and fuse it in place. This creates the foundation for your bone to heal around it and then eventually fuse it into place. The second part is the crown, the part that fits onto the root that looks like a tooth and is commonly made of porcelain because of its natural tooth appearance, strength, and durability.

Are dental implants painful?

The placement process is not painful. Our clients in Wolverhampton are usually placed under local anaesthetic to minimise their discomfort. A time you may feel discomfort is when the titanium root heals however, your implant dentist will provide you with the correct aftercare advice, arrange a follow-up appointment to check how your recovery process is going, and recommend the best at-home cleaning and pain relief where and when appropriate.


How do I look after my implant at home?

You’ll be pleased to know that dental implants are typically very low maintenance. There isn’t any special procedure or equipment you need at home once you are fully healed, all they need is the same attention your regular teeth receive. Brush your implants twice a day, floss once a day after you have fully healed, and certainly use anti-septic mouthwash to maintain your dental health. Because you’ve had the procedure, we’d recommend that we set visits to our dental practice in Wolverhampton every 6 months to make sure you’re still getting on with your implants and advise on meeting your dental hygienist twice a year too which will provide you with professional and reliable cleaning.


Are dental implants worth it?

The question everyone wants answering – are dental implants worth it? As dental professionals, we certainly do believe dental implants are worth it because we know the benefits to your dental health they provide. Dental implants have been shown to keep your jawbone healthy and strong because when you do lose a tooth, you also lose the tooth root. This natural root had essentially formed a relationship with that part of the jaw bone it was attached to, giving it signals to stay strong in order to support its neighbouring tooth. When the tooth is gone, the root dies, and the affected section of the jawbone will become soft and weak. The titanium root will provide the jaw bone with a strong reason to stay strong, keeping your facial structure in check while also stopping your jaw from becoming soft.


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So, there it is. The low down on dental implants is courtesy of the team here at Claregate Dental and if you’re now considering dental implants in Wolverhampton, then get in contact today to begin your implant journey!

*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Claregate Dental cannot guarantee specific results.