Common FAQs about dental implants answered

Are you looking for a more permanent way to restore that missing tooth or teeth?dental-implants-brentwood

When you come to Coptfold Dental, we can help you to restore your smile and your bite strength using dental implants Brentwood.

Curious to learn more? Here, we answer 5 FAQs about dental implants Brentwood.

What are oral implants?

Dental implants Brentwood are small, titanium screws that are placed into the jaw of someone who is looking to restore a missing tooth or teeth.

They can be used to support a single prosthetic tooth, a bridge, or may be used to support an entire set of teeth, such as dentures.

How are they fitted?

This will depend on how recently you lost your tooth or teeth.

If it was in the last month, we will be able to attach the implant directly into the vacant socket where your lost tooth sat. If it has been many years, then we will gently drill a hole into your jaw, which will then act as the socket.

Don’t worry! Your mouth will be completely numbed for both types of procedures and the gum will be sewn together using dissolvable stitches.

Are there different kinds?

The most common type of implant that is used is the endosteal implant. This physically looks like a small titanium screw, which is placed into the jaw and the prosthetic tooth or teeth are attached to it.

But yes, other kinds are used in restorative dentistry; subperiosteal implants are a great solution if you want to have implants fitted, but have minimal jawbone. Physically, they look like a metal frame, which is placed over the jaw, but under the gum, with protruding screws to which the prosthetic teeth are attached. There are also mini implants, which resemble the endosteal options but are smaller and are used to attach single crowns rather than entire dentures or bridges. And finally, if you want to have your implants attached to your upper jaw, you can have zygomatic implants; these are 3 times as long as endosteal options and are fitted to the zygoma or cheekbone.

How long do they last?

With correct aftercare and maintenance, oral implants can last up to and over 15 years.

While you may assume that the maintenance of oral implants will be complicated, it typically involves the same routine you have in place for your natural teeth; twice-daily brushing, flossing, not eating too much sugar and attending dental check-ups every 6 months.

You will also want to refrain from smoking and drinking as much as possible, as both of these habits can cause the gum lines to recede and may lead to your natural teeth and implants falling out.

Are they expensive?

Many patients have concerns that they will not be able to afford to have oral implants fitted.

But at Coptfold Dental, we know that it can be tough to balance the expenses of daily life with such procedures.

And so, we can offer our suitable patients 0% interest-free financing. This will help you break down the overall cost into affordable monthly repayments, allowing you to enjoy your new smile without worrying about money.