The Answers to Dental Implant Questions that Really Matter to Patients

Dental implants in Liverpool are an exceptional solution to tooth loss. Titanium rods act as the root of the replacement tooth. Among all smile restoration options, dental fixtures give people the utmost comfort and confidence as they look and feel real and do not come loose when a person eats or speaks.

As getting dental implants involves surgery, it is understandable that people have many questions about them. We want to help you with your research by giving the answers to questions most dental blogs avoid.

Do I need Dental Implants in Liverpool?

Dental Implants are used to fix a variety of dental problems. Normally for when you are missing a natural tooth, implants can also be used when other restorative measures such as crowns or bonding are not possible because a tooth is too damaged and therefore must be extracted. An implant is then used to replace the damaged, extracted tooth.

A Liverpool dental implant can also be used to replace a loose-fitting denture which may be causing issues when you are eating or speaking. For denture wearers, it is not uncommon for the bones around their fitting to deteriorate over time. However, with a dental implant you will actually be promoting the growth of healthy facial and jaw bones which build around the implant.

Will the surgery be painful?

Your dentist at Saving Faces will administer an anaesthetic before the procedure so that you do not feel any discomfort or pain. For cases of simple dental implant placement, such as when only a single missing back tooth is being replaced, minor or no-post operative discomfort is felt. Some patients may feel some tenderness two to five days post-surgery, but this can be managed with over the counter painkillers.

Will I need to take time off?

It depends on the extent of the surgery and your individual experience. In simple cases, our patients are able to go back to work the following day, while sometimes they prefer to rest for a day or two before returning.

What post-surgery care is required?

Your post-surgery management is prescribed according to your individual case, but normally, this involves:

  • taking your prescribed medication
  • restricting activities in the first 24 hours post-surgery
  • placing ice packs on the side of the face to reduce any swelling

Do not worry about memorising all of these aftercare points as your post-operative care will be discussed in much greater detail before and after the surgery.

How long for I can eat properly again?

We recommend only eating soft foods on the day of your Liverpool dental implant surgery and patients are advised to avoid hot food and liquid while they still feel numb from the anaesthetic to prevent them from burning their tongue and mouth.

Usually you will continue eating soft foods in the first week or so after receiving your dental implant at Saving Faces, but gradually over the coming weeks and months you will be able to move towards more tough or crunchy foods. This will take time, so we advise caution and easing yourself back into the foods you were regularly eating before surgery.

We advise drinking a glass of milk a day for the first few weeks post-surgery as the calcium in the milk will aid a successful bone growth in your jaw around the dental fixture.

How long does the whole process take?

 

We will first check if your gums and jawbone are healing as they should and if your jawbone and the implant have successfully integrated. For simple placements, it normally takes between 12 and 15 weeks before the artificial tooth is installed although this can vary from patient to patient.

What will the implant look like?

Your dental implant will not look any different from your real teeth, so once it is fitted in your mouth nobody will be able to tell it is not a part of your natural smile. Even though an implant does not require special care and is easier to maintain than other teeth restoration options, you must still brush and clean it like it is a real tooth.

How long with the implant last?

If you observe proper dental hygiene by looking after the dental implant as though it was a real tooth, along with continued, regular visits to your dentist then your implant will last for many years to come. By not looking after your implant you can expect to encounter issues with it as you would a natural tooth if you did not brush your teeth or maintain a high level of oral hygiene.

What are the chances of an implant failure?

Implant failures generally fall into two categories: early failure and late or long-term failure. Early failure refers to cases where the implant and the jawbone do not successfully bond, while long-term failure is when the fixture integrated as it should, but the artificial tooth or root has become loose between a year and decade after the tooth was installed.

To date, dental implant success rate is at around 95%, so the chance of failure is relatively low. In most cases of failure, it could have been prevented by properly observing post-surgery management, proper dental hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly.

Am I too old for dental implants?

Rather than looking at your age as a reason that you cannot get dental implants, our dentists look more into factors such as your oral and overall health as well as your bone density when assessing your suitability. If these are all at a satisfactory level, then regardless of your age you will still be able to proceed with the treatment.

Dental Implants Liverpool Finance Options

Here at Saving Faces, we offer interest-free finance options on all our treatments including dental implants. This allows you to pay for your treatment over the course of a year without having to pay anything extra.

If you are considering getting dental implants in Liverpool, you can book an assessment today. Saving Faces can determine if implants are the best option for you and can also look into how else we can help with your oral health. Contact us today.