Dental implant surgery is classed as a low-risk operation, but for many that won’t stop the worry that something will go wrong. If you’re concerned about just how reliable the process is then read on and we’ll explain the steps we take to keep you, and your new teeth, safe.
I don’t think any of us look forward to a surgical procedure, however, the beauty of the dental implant process is that it carries relatively low risk, and our team of experts here at Audley will work with you before, during and after to minimise those risks further still. Together, we team up with you to make your implant journey a success. If that doesn’t put you at ease, both Martina and I have made implants our sole focus, it is all we do and we have placed several thousand with an impressive success rate.
Preparation is key
Although implants can be the perfect solution for most patients, in a small minority of people we might encounter problems that will affect the fusing of the implant to the jawbone, such as lack of bone density or lack of bone height in the upper jaw. Additionally, missing teeth may mean that you’re also suffering from dental decay or gum disease. The good news is that with a thorough consultation, examination and an x-ray we can identify these issues beforehand and put a treatment plan in place to improve the health of your jaw and gums ready for implants.
The consultation is something we take extremely seriously, it’s there to keep you safe and to ensure that the operation goes well. With our planning and diagnostic equipment, CT scanner, and digital intra-oral scanner, we are right at the cutting edge of developments in implant provision and safety. We’ll discuss any influencing factors that would increase the risk from surgery, such as being diabetic or if you smoke. You might have decided that an implant, or implants, are the way to go and we might be thinking the same thing, but before either of us commit we will talk it all through to confirm that this is the right decision for you.
Keeping things clean
The surgery itself is carried out in our state-of-the-art practice. The implants are made from strong, safe materials approved for dental use and the treatment room is a sterile environment to reduce the risk of infection. When you return home keeping the implant area clean is crucial, not only to prevent infection but also to increase the longevity of the implants themselves.
Like natural teeth your implants require a good oral health routine that includes regular and inter-dental brushing, as well as regular trips to the hygienist. Committing to this is a crucial part of the implant process. As dental implant experts we can take the initial steps, but the aftercare will be largely down to you, on a daily basis. Managed well, and with all the pre-checks beforehand, there is no reason why your implant shouldn’t work and be in place, trouble-free, for many years to come.
While the procedure takes place you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the affected area. Before this has completely worn off, we’ll have begun to administer pain relief and will recommend that you continue to take over the counter pain medication as needed over the next few days. In most cases you will feel minor discomfort around the implant and the area may be tender or slightly swollen but this will clear up within a week.
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