Do you have a gap in your smile that you want permanently filled?
If the answer is yes, then you have probably researched and considered having oral implants fitted to help restore the strength and aesthetic of your smile.
Here, 5 common questions about dental implants Bondi Junction are answered.
How much do oral implants cost?
This is a tough question to answer as the cost of oral implant fitting is likely to differ from person to person.
It will depend on the equipment used to fit the implant, the type of implant being fitted, how many are being fitted, the number of sessions needed and the cost of the prosthetic teeth.
For more information on the cost of oral implants, talk to your dentist.
Can anyone have oral implants fitted?
It is more common for someone to be suitable for oral implants than not.
But, if you have poor oral health and have an issue like gum disease, this will need to be treated before oral implants can be fitted.
If you have an illness such as osteoporosis or an auto-immune disorder and are taking immunosuppressant medication, then you will need to talk to your dentist about your suitability for oral implants. There is more than one kind of oral implant, and whilst you may not be suitable for the most commonly used implant (endosteal), you may be suited for another option like subperiosteal.
Are oral implants uncomfortable?
Many patients worry that having tooth implants fitted will be uncomfortable.
However, your dentist will thoroughly numb your gums before your implants are fitted, so you won’t feel anything throughout the surgery.
Once you are at home after the fitting, you may notice a sensation akin to bruising and soreness around the implant site. This is completely normal and should be manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol.
If the swelling or discomfort worsens, you should seek emergency dental treatment as you may have an infection forming.
Can you smoke with oral implants?
It is generally advised that you do not smoke whilst you have oral implants fitted.
Smoking allows a myriad of pathogens into your mouth and gums, which can cause your gums to swell and become infected. It also increases your risk of oral cancer developing.
If you smoke but want to have oral implants fitted, you should talk to your dental team about smoking cessation.
How long do they last?
With the correct maintenance and care, oral implants can last up to and over 15 years.
Remember, this maintenance will include brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing daily with mouthwash. A key thing you will need to keep your eye out for is signs of gum disease, so if there is blood when you brush your implants, you will need to seek advice from your dentist.
But you will also need to attend biannual checkups with your dentist so that they can keep an eye out for any issues with your oral implants.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.