Dental implants are a fixed alternative to dentures. They use amazing ‘biting-edge’ technology and the body’s own natural versatility to give you a solid solution to your dental problems. If you have a broken or missing tooth it’s a good idea to consider dental implants.
Where should I go?
In Kent, dental implants are offered by many excellent dentists, any search engine should be able to give you some good options. Check testimonials and get some advice from your friends to find a dentist you can be comfortable with. Most modern dentists are also proficient in dealing with nervous patients and will advise you on their sedation techniques.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium screws or abutments that are inserted directly into the bone of the jaw. Now, bone is a very strong material, it’s basically stone, so it’s best that the hole for the screw is a bit larger than the screw itself. This is where you help with the whole procedure. Your own bone will naturally take hold of the screw and mesh with it in a process called osseointergration. This provides a solid foundation for the crown, bridge or denture to be fitted.
Please note however your dentist will probably not give you a discount even though you’re doing all the hard work!
What is the procedure?
Your dentist will bring you in for a consultation to make sure that dental implants are right for you. The procedure is considered a surgery however your dentist will do their best to make you comfortable about everything. Don’t worry you will get sedation, people who don’t tend to bite their dentist.
Once you are sedate your dentist will make a small incision in your gum and, using a specialised drill, make a void to fit the screw. Once everything is in place the incision is sealed, which may involve a stitch or two.
You will then be given instructions on oral hygiene during the healing process. Then it’s up to you to do your bit and connect to the screw.
Once you have a solid footing your dentist can fit your crown.