What happens after dental implants?

How do I look after my implants and how long will they last?

Dental implants offer a great replacement for missing teeth. Because of the fact that the titanium root of the implant fuses with the bone in the jaw, they offer an excellent and strong base in which to attach the replacement tooth such as a crown. As well as being firmly held, because they are attached in a very similar manner to an authentic tooth, once the tenderness has worn off shortly after the procedure, most patients we spoke to that had their dental implants at a Burton dentist reported that they were very comfortable indeed.

Unlike dentures, patients are unlikely to have any problems eating or even speaking, one of the major disadvantages of false teeth. Replacement teeth with dental implants will not feel as though are going to work loose or even worse, fall out. We have all seen the cartoons about dentures falling out and laughed at them, however, for some, this is a reality of life. Some people opt to have bridges; however, this usually requires the wearing down of one or more normal teeth which are otherwise healthy.

This seems quite a negative method and there is no need for this with dental implants. In fact, they can even be used to hold a fixed bridge in place too. Because there is no danger of the implants falling out, the wearer's confidence remains high and they don't have to worry about those awkward socially embarrassing moments that denture wearers do. Provided that reasonable care is taken, dental implants should be expected to last for at least twenty years and many have been reported to be still going strong thirty five years later, so, even though they are not inexpensive, they are an excellent long term investment. Many people are put off the procedure though out of fear.

However, although you will feel some soreness and possibly even a little bruising for a short while after the procedure, this will soon fully heal, leaving you with an excellent and strong replacement tooth. It is usually advised that the patient restrict themselves to eating softer foods for a while until the site of the procedure is fully healed. This will make the experience of eating much more comfortable and will also reduce the risk of any damage to the implant itself. Naturally, you should always make sure that you continue to have regular check ups at your dentist just to ensure that all is well with your implant and to keep an eye on the overall health of your teeth.