By using dental implants, your dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth. At Bow House dental practice in Hertfordshire, our implant team can replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth using implants combined with either crowns, a bridge, or dentures.
Dental implants are an increasingly common method of tooth replacement, but at our Hertfordshire clinic we appreciate that choosing to have elective oral surgery is a big decision. You are likely to have many questions about implant treatment and what exactly is involved.
Below are some common questions about dental implants. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please get in touch with a member of our Hertfordshire team and we will be happy to help you.
What makes dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth?
With dental implants, your dentist can permanently replace your missing teeth, and can also replace the tooth roots. Our teeth comprise roots and crowns, and as well as keeping your teeth in place, tooth roots also help to ensure your jaw bone stays strong and healthy.
Traditional dentures often become loose because the jaw bone shrinks after they have been fitted, whilst traditional bridges rely on your other teeth for support. New teeth held in place by implants will stay firmly in position, and won’t need any work to be done on remaining natural teeth.
Does it hurt to have dental implants?
Not at all. We usually place implants under local anaesthetic at our Hertfordshire clinic, but if you are a nervous dental patient we can place your implants under conscious sedation.
Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed using over-the-counter painkillers.
Can I have my new teeth immediately?
At our Hertfordshire clinic we usually leave your implants to heal and integrate with your jaw bone for a few months before attaching your permanent new teeth. Temporary teeth may be fitted during healing.
Are implants hard to look after?
No. You need to clean them effectively – your Hertfordshire hygienist will show you how – and with regular visits to the dental practice for maintenance and hygiene appointments, implants should last for many years.