With dental implants, a dentist has a permanent way to replace your missing teeth. Success rate for implant treatment in the UK is very high, approximately 95%, but as with any dental restoration or indeed any surgical procedure, good aftercare is vital to maximising implants’ chances of success.
The first step on your journey towards implant restoration is to contact an experienced and respected implant dentist, such as the implantology team at Warrendale in Ross-on-Wye. At a good implant practice, you should be able to talk through your treatment options, concerns, and what exactly is involved in implant placement with your implant surgeon as well as with a treatment coordinator.
Implants act as replacements for the roots of missing teeth. As well as holding new (false) teeth in place with comparable strength to a natural tooth root, which means you should be able to eat a full diet with none of the restrictions imposed on standard denture-wearers, this helps to prevent bone shrinkage or resorbtion, which is a common side-effect of missing teeth and can cause skin around the jowls to sag prematurely.
When you opt for implants, you will require a minor operation – usually carried out under local anaesthetic at your dental practice. Sedation is also an option if you are having a large number of implants placed, have a very strong gag reflex, or are nervous about dental treatment.
Dental phobia can be a major contributory factor to tooth loss, so don’t be afraid to tell your dentist or treatment coordinator if you experience anxiety about dental treatment. A good dentist only wants to get you back to oral health and help you to maintain it, and will be happy to discuss conscious sedation – and at some practices, other anxiety management techniques such as hypnotherapy – to help you get the treatment you need.
The key thing to remember about maximising dental implants’ chances of success is that good oral hygiene is essential. Always follow the advice of your dentist and hygienist when it comes to caring for your implants and new teeth; this may include more frequent visits to the practice than usual in the early days.
Also be aware that excessive consumption of alcohol or excessive smoking can affect implants’ success.