Getting dental implants in Garforth is a pretty easy process now that these mini miracles of tooth replacement have been around for more than 30 years.
Dental implants in Garforth can be used to replace one, a few, lots or even all of the teeth. They are available from various dental practices, including Enhancedental.
Getting them fitted is a process of several stages:
The first step is to see an implant surgeon to make sure that dental implants are the right option. The consultation involves a through examination of the jawbone to ensure it is in good enough condition to take the implants, and, if not, to plan preparatory treatment to improve it. X-rays and scans are used to plan where to put the implants.
This is a lot less painful than people imagine because there are way fewer nerve endings in the jawbone than in the teeth. A local anaesthetic is plenty to numb the area and most dentists also offer sedation to deeply relax the patient while the implants are inserted.
The healing process
The bone tissue is catalysed by the titanium implants to grow all over them, and this is what holds them so securely in place. Osseointegration, as this process is known, takes several weeks to complete. During that time, patients are advised to follow a liquid, and then a soft food, diet as it is only when the bone and implants have fused that they can be used for full power chewing.
Putting on the crowns
The crowns are handmade from dental porcelain, crafted to be a similar size, shape and colour as any remaining natural teeth. Technicians can also use old photographs to recreate teeth that have been lost.
This is a no-fuss regime of careful brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque, twice a day. Regular hygienist visits are also important. Dental implants are not subject to dental decay but they can fall victim to gum disease, which eats away at the bone and gum tissue around them. However, when well taken care of, they can last for decades, maybe even a lifetime.