For many people, dental implants are a long-term, fuss-free way of replacing missing teeth, but how do you know if implants are the best option for you?
Who can have dental implants?
Most adults in good general health and with healthy gums are able to replace missing teeth using dental implants. The procedure isn’t suitable for under-18’s due to underlying bones still growing. You may also find that smoking, radiotherapy to your jaw area, diabetes which isn’t well controlled and gum disease are factors which may prevent you from having dental implants.
Every case is different, consulting a dentist well-versed in implant dentistry is the best way to find out if the solution can work for you.
Choosing the right dentist
Choosing to go ahead with dental implants is a big decision. When done well, an implant can be a long-lasting solution that boosts your confidence. However, often not offered on the NHS, dental implants require initial financial investment and patients need to be sure that they will be happy with results, their dentist and the procedure before committing.
It’s important first of all to choose a dentist who has not only proven results in delivering happy smiles but has also been through the right training. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions when attending initial consultations, including about implant training and previous patient cases.
You’ll want to be sure that you’ll be put at ease, understand what to expect and are supported through the whole process. The right dentist will ensure you are comfortable and confident from initial consultation through to final result.
Looking after your implants
Good oral hygiene is a key part of making sure your dental implants last as long as possible. It may take slightly longer to care for your teeth with implants, but the results are often worth it. Implant dentists will support with aftercare, recommending any specific flosses or interdental toothbrushes that may help you care for your implants.
Every mouth is unique – to find out if dental implants are the right option for you, contact our friendly and professional team on 01280 847857 for a free consultation.