Dental Implants in Leeds FAQs
What are dental implants in Leeds?
A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone and is also known as a tooth implant.
Tooth implants are used to restore gaps in your mouth by supporting one or more false teeth (e.g. a crown denture or bridge)
Having a teeth implants placed is a simple procedure which will allow you to eat and smile with confidence.
Are teeth implants safe & how long do they last?
Dental implants have been proven to work successfully over the last 30 years. For more info visit http://www.adi.org.uk With the right care dental implants can last for may years.
Your cosmetic dentist can advise you on how long your dental implants are expected to last.
I still have some of my own teeth. Can I still have dental implants?
Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with dental implants from one single tooth to a complete set.
Can dental implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
Yes, in most cases. However, the condition of your jaw bone is crucial.
Our implant dentists in Leeds will arrange for a number of special tests (including digital radiographs), at Clarendon Dental Spa, to assess the amount and quality of bone still present.
What happens after the dental implants are placed?
Your cosmetic dentist will provide full after care instructions and relevant pain relief +/- antibiotics.
Do not smoke, drive or exercise for the rest of the day after having dental implants. Avoid rinsing and eat soft foods for the first day and keep good oral hygiene. Use a chlorhexidine mouth wash ever day after dental implant placement (e.g. Corsodyl), for the first week.
How do I care for my dental implants?
After-care is important if you are going to have a long-lasting and successful dental implants. Your cosmetic dentist will provide full after care advise and assistance following placement of your dental implants.
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the dental implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach around the dental implant and you’ll be shown methods to help you.
You may need to visit your hygienist more often but your cosmetic dentist will be able to advise you regarding this.
Do dental implants hurt?
Dental implant placement is done painlessly under local anaesthetic.
A small cut is made in your gum to expose the bone where your tooth/teeth are missing. A hole is created and the cylindrical titanium implant is inserted. The gum is then stitched back over the implant and left to heal for a few months. This is to allow the bone to grow around the dental implant (osseointegrate), making it secure.
How soon can I have my new dental implant teeth?
After placement of the dental implants, the dental implants need to bond (osseointegrate) with the jaw bone. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw.
Sometimes the dental implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this.
If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then these can be worn throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery, until your Dental Implant Dentures are ready.
Can I remove the teeth that are attached to the dental implants?
No. As teeth attached to dental implants can only be placed and removed by the cosmetic dentist.
However, if you have Dental Implant Dentures fixed to the dental implants by bars, then you’ll be able to take them out for cleaning.
What happens if the dental implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
Fortunately dental implant non-integration is rare.
If the dental implant becomes loose after or during the healing period it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way.
Once the jaw has healed, another dental implant can be placed there. Or the cosmetic dentist can make a dental bridge if appropriate.
Call 0113 245 9004 for a consultation with one of our dentists in Leeds regarding dental implants or dental implant dentures.