Dental Implants are proven over the long term and have a very high success rate. The majority (over 90%) of dental implants last over 15 years. They are constructed with the latest titanium metal which is subsequently placed into the jaw bone – both the attached false teeth and the supporting metal rods are known as Dental Implants.
Even if you have your some of your own teeth you can have any number of teeth replaced with dental implants – from one single tooth to a complete set. The number of implants you can have depends on the state of the bone in your jaw.
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.
If you do not want to be aware of the small procedure required to place implants, general anaesthetic can be used. Otherwise light conscious sedation with local anaesthetic is the other alternative to ensure that the procedure is comfortable. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure and it is normal to have sutures (stitches) present after the process.
Dental Implants can not be restored straight away. The dental implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.
The total time from start to finish is approximately 12 months after which the dental implants are finished. The complexity of the treatment dictates the length of time and occasionally it may only take 5 months. Your implant dentist can provide a more accurate schedule after the surgery procedure.