What happens at the dentist?
Your dentist will need to make sure that you are eligible for dental implants. This includes having healthy teeth and gums or removing teeth that are irreversibly damaged for replacement using dental implants. You need to have sufficient healthy gum and alveolar bone into which the dental implant can be inserted and held securely in place. This is key to the success of your dental implant. It is also important that you do not have underlying diseases which may affect your body's ability to heal. This includes diabetes, blood clotting disorders, cancer and other uncontrolled chronic disorders. If you suffer from such diseases then your dentist will recommend alternative tooth replacement options for you.
Once you and your dentist are happy that dental implants are a suitable option for you then you will learn more about the process and how the surgery will be carried out. Dental implant surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic so that it is pain free. Following the surgery you may feel some discomfort, notice some bruising on your gums, swelling or minor bleeding. This is common and your dentist will explain this to you as well as advise how to proceed for the next couple of days.
It may take several months for the implant to be successfully integrated into your mouth and once your dentist is happy that you are ready then you will be able to complete your mouth with a crown or set of dentures depending on the implants you have had and the number of teeth you are missing. Speak to your dentist to find out more about dental implants and enjoy a healthy smile for life.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.