Common dental implants questions answered

Choosing dental implants is an investment in your smile, your health, and your future. Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre in Oxfordshire offers a wide range of implant procedures, all of which provide a permanent solution to tooth loss.

dental-implants-OxfordshireWe believe that dental implants are, in most circumstances, the best way to replace missing teeth. However, we understand that they are a big investment, and opting to have elective oral surgery is a complex decision. Therefore, we have collected some common implant-related questions and answers below. Please get in touch with our Oxfordshire dental clinic should you have any additional questions.

What are dental implants?

Implants are bionic tooth roots. They are made out of titanium and placed in direct contact with your jaw bone during minor oral surgery. Once in position, they integrate with the bone, helping to keep your new teeth in place and also ensuring your jaw bone remains dense and healthy.

How many teeth can implants replace?

As many as you need. A single dental implant and a crown can replace one lost tooth, whilst several implants combined with a bridge or denture can replace several or even all of your natural teeth.

Oral surgery. . . That’s got to hurt

No, it doesn’t. At our Oxfordshire dental clinic we can place dental implants under either local anaesthetic or conscious sedation, so you will experience no pain. Sedation helps to ensure your procedure is stress-free, too.

As with any type of surgery, there is likely to be some post-operative discomfort. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter painkillers and ice packs. You must also follow your dentist’s aftercare advice.

My dentures used to fit, but now they’re loose. Will the same happen with my implants?

Absolutely not. A shrinking jaw bone contributes to loose dentures. Dental implants are made from titanium, stimulating bone growth and keeping your teeth secure.

How do I look after my new teeth?

Your Oxfordshire implant dentist will provide you with full aftercare instructions. You should also visit the hygienist for tips on cleaning. It is very important to brush your teeth and clean between teeth and implants at least twice a day.