Have you heard the buzz around dental implants?
Whether you have lived with gaps in your smile for years or have recently begun to lose teeth, dental implants are a permanent, aesthetically pleasing solution that not only resolves the appearance of your smile, but also restores the function of your mouth!
However, many people who may benefit from having dental implants fitted are reluctant to enquire about them. They are a fairly new procedure and, despite their popularity, very little is known about them in the general population.
At PS Dental Care, we are proud to offer our patients dental implants and can alleviate any concerns you may have. Our dentist in Soho is experienced in the fitting, aftercare and upkeep of this extremely simple procedure and is therefore able to answer any questions you may have at your initial dental implant consultation.
Still not convinced? Read on to see the most commonly asked questions about dental implants answered by our dentist in Soho.
Are implants painful?
It is a common misconception that having dental implants fitted is painful.
Our dentist in Soho is aware that the idea of having small screws drilled into the jawbone may sound painful, but states that it is no more painful than having a dental extraction.
If, after the implants are fitted, you are concerned about the level of discomfort you are feeling, you should book an appointment to see us as soon as you can, to rule out an infection or potential rejection.
Am I too old for implants?
As long as your overall oral care is good, no one is too old for implants!
In fact, many people who have lost their natural teeth through age are choosing implants over dentures, as they offer more security, cannot be lost and most importantly, retain the bite function of real teeth!
How long do they last?
Dental implants, properly maintained, can last over 40 years- that’s a very long time!
There are lifestyle choices that can impact their lifespan, including poor oral hygiene, excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking; these can all lead to gum disease, which can cause the implants to come loose.
You will also have to ensure that your oral hygiene regime is kept up to scratch, as implants require daily care.
Aren’t they really expensive?
Another concern that deters many people from having implants is the price tag.
At PS Dental Care, we are aware that many people have a tight budget and, assuming that you qualify, we may be able to offer you financing for your implants at 0% interest.
Please contact our team for more details about this option.
How do I look after them after they are fitted?
Implants are surprisingly easy to look after once the prosthetics are fitted.
All you need to do is brush, floss and rinse, like you do with your natural teeth, and attend biannual check-ups to ensure that they are not being rejected, are still secure and to assess the condition of your jaw.