Your frequently asked dental implant questions answered

Do you want to learn more about oral implants? Do you have a gap in your smile that is denting your confidence?dental-implants-brentwood

At Coptfold Dental, we know all there is to know about dental implants Brentwood and can advise you on your suitability for this nifty restorative procedure.

Here, our team at Coptfold Dental answers your common queries about dental implants Brentwood. Enjoy!

Can anyone have oral implants?

More people are suitable for dental implants Brentwood than are not.

For instance, for endosteal implants, all that is needed is good overall dental health, general health and enough jaw bone, which would be determined via an x-ray.

However, even if you do not have enough jawbone to have an endosteal implant fitted, you may be suitable for a different type, such as subperiosteal or mini implants.

But our team at Coptfold Dental will need to conduct a comprehensive health review of you before you have implants fitted. This would include exploring if you have any conditions which may be non-beneficial for the fitting and fusing of implants, such as osteoporosis.

For more information on whether you are suitable for oral implants, contact our team.

How long is the healing process?

Once you have had your oral implant(s) fitted, the implant site will require around 2 weeks to heal.

This means you will need to eat softer foods, drink lots of water and avoid things such as smoking and drinking alcohol. It is also advised that in the first few days after the fitting that you take over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol; refrain from taking ibuprofen, as this may thin the blood and cause bruising to worsen.

Should you have an underlying condition such as diabetes, the healing process may take longer, and our team can advise you on how long it may take.

Do oral implants last a long time?

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

This means that you will need to see our team at Coptfold Dental every 6 months for check-ups, so we can check that your gums are in good condition. Developing gum disease with oral implants can lead to them being lost via inflammation.

You will also need to maintain good oral hygiene habits, which will involve daily brushing, flossing and rinsing of your oral implants. Once again, this is to ensure that your gums remain in good condition.

If you have any concerns that your oral implants are moving, then please contact our team for an urgent assessment.

Can they get infected?

It is exceedingly unlikely that your oral implants will get infected, as our team will aim to fit them in a sterile environment with the most hygienic practices.

However, there are some signs of infection to keep an eye out for post-implant fitting. These include lingering pain at the site of the fitting, inflammation, redness or discolouration of the gums, feeling unwell, being sick and having a fever.

If you notice any of these symptoms, then please alert our team and seek immediate medical attention.