Implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges, but they are more expensive. Implants are small titanium cylinders which are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors for fastening dentures or crowns onto.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the implants?
Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean and have them regularly checked by your dental team you should not have any problems. Smoking also affects the health of implants. So, if you smoke, you may need to look after your implants more carefully. Some dentists will not place dental implants in people who are smokers.
Our visiting specialist dentist Brad Hawkins is an experienced implantologist, and is happy to discuss implants with our patients free of charge. This way, you can get a good idea of what is possible, and the likely costs before you decide if the treatment is right for you.
Call us for information on 01371 830950