Dorset’s Dental implant specialist Phil Bennett claims that one of the questions he’s often asked is what an implant is made from?
He replies “Implants are generally made of surgical-grade titanium with a very special surface finish, sometimes they can be made from zirconium which is a white material. There has been significant research and development into the best implant materials to use, and these two not only provide strength and lightness, but they are also very, very long lasting.”
Here are some essential tips recommended by dental implant specialist Dr Bennett
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw in that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge when a tooth or teeth have failed due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
How long does the treatment take?
Diagnosis of treatment is essential, because it enables your dental surgeon to find out what repairs or treatment you require.
The implant healing process can last from 8 weeks to 6 months and several visits might be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.
Once the implants have healed for the required time, they are uncovered if necessary and made ready to connect the teeth. How quickly this happens is really down to the local bone condition and the overall quality of the healing.
Patients often find the first teeth fitted to their implants aren’t the final ones and are replicas of the final design. This allows the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.
Final teeth are fitted between 3 and 9 months after the implants were first placed. Once everything is completed you are expected to have regular examinations and hygiene appointments to maintain your healthy teeth and implants as well as following a daily cleaning routine.
Are implants suitable for you?
Staff at The Dental Implant practice start by examining whether you are suitable for dental implants. This examination is a detailed and thorough examination of your mouth and remaining teeth and gums, to properly prepare for treatment. Most patients will need to have x-rays of their mouth carried out before any treatment can take place.
At your first appointment, your dentist will quickly be able to tell if you are a suitable candidate. Make sure that your dentist talks to you about your individual treatment and that they answer any questions you may have.
If you are looking to invest in dental implants in Dorset or wish to discuss any aspects of treatment or planning call the team on 01297 529201 who will be happy to answer any queries.