Why do people need dental implants?

Dental implants are just one form of treatment offered by our experts dentists here at Bluebell Dentistry & Aesthetics – reuniting clients with a wide, bright smile, while optimising dental health and hygiene all at once.

Considered an effective form of tooth replacement, dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth and are often recommended to clients who have lost teeth as a result of periodontal disease or an unprecedented accident. In this blog, we’re covering just some of the reasons why people have dental implants in Essex – and how our treatment works.

Dental implants in practice

Because dental implants offer a way of replacing the entire tooth, the treatment is generally used in cases where the tooth has been lost – either as a result of injury, extensive tooth decay, or periodontal disease.

In most cases, dental implants don’t just offer a practical solution but are also integral in restoring the confidence of the patient or client – giving them back their smile and the assurance that their new tooth will last for years if cared for effectively.

With that said, how do dental implants work and what does the treatment involve?

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant is essentially a false tooth, connected to a screw which is embedded in the jaw in the correct position. This holds the tooth in place and can last for up to 15 years with the proper care and maintenance.

If more than one tooth needs replacing, then the implant may take on the form of a bridge rather than a single screw attachment – embedding multiple teeth in place. Either way, the result of our dental implant treatment ensures that the false tooth blends seamlessly in with the existing set of teeth.

Are there cases where dental implants don’t work?

While dental implants are an effective treatment for those in good health, there are cases where the treatment might not be best suited to your lifestyle – for example, if you are a heavy smoker or suffer from long term gum problems which could leave the foundation of a dental implant unsecure. An initial consultation with one of our dental specialists will help you to determine if dental implants are right for you, with the consultation presenting an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and for the clinician to understand your ideal outcome and end results from treatment.

FAQs about dental implants

One of the most asked questions about dental implants is the cost implications. As dental implants are tailored to your specific treatment needs, with treatment covering everything from single teeth implants to multi-tooth implant bridges, the initial consultation will outline the exact costs associated with your procedure.

Finally, for those wondering if dental implants hurt, the answer is no. Local anaesthesia is used to numb the area around your implant site, and while this may leave you with an unsightly drool for a few hours after treatment, it will help to ensure you feel no discomfort during the procedure. And trust us when we say that a day of drooling is well worth the smile you’ll walk away with at the end of your treatment!

Find out more about dental implants and your compatibility with this treatment, by getting in touch with us directly.