Dental implants are designed to provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Patients who have lost teeth regain their ability to eat and speak properly, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours are preserved.
Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants are embedded into the jawbone and encourage the growth of healthy bone tissue. In addition, they have the ability to prevent bone deterioration, which occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants in Belfast are available in many dental practices, including Blue Sky Dentistry.
How dental implants work
Dental implants are small, titanium screw-shaped posts that are either anchored into the jawbone or just above it, depending on each patient’s gum and jaw health as well as the specific implant technique used. The post is then left to heal for a specific period of time (this can take from a day to several months) and is subsequently covered with a crown, which looks and functions just like a normal tooth. Multiple missing teeth can also be replaced with implant-supported bridges or dentures.
How painful is the dental implant procedure?
Pain and discomfort are common concerns for patients who are thinking of having dental implants in Belfast. When carried out by an experienced and well-trained dentist, dental implants are easy to install and are not painful. The majority of dental implants are inserted using local anaesthetic. However, patients who are particularly nervous can choose oral or IV sedation. Conscious sedation is not like general anaesthesia, but makes patients feel very comfortable and relaxed, so that they rarely remember much about the procedure afterwards.
How long will dental implants last?
Dental implants can last for many years if they are maintained properly. However, implant-supported teeth can be damaged the same way natural teeth are, therefore visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and x-rays to check the bone levels around the dental implants is essential.
Moreover, dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay and cavities, but can develop gum disease and this can lead to implant failure. For all these reasons, visiting the dentist regularly is really important for the health and longevity of dental implants.