Are Dental Implants Inconvenient?

Our Purley dentists take a look at the short term and long term implications of having implants.

If you are a denture wearer, you may have discovered that, after a while, it starts to become tiresome having to remove them every night for cleaning. There can be a danger that some people will simply not bother, figuring that the denture can’t decay anyway. Although this is true, neglecting to clean them will result in a buildup of bacteria that may lead to gum disease.

For anyone thinking of switching from dentures to dental implants, or for those looking for ways of replacing a lost tooth, we look at some of the implications of having an implant placed at the Confidental Clinic.

Short term implications

As you would expect with a surgical procedure, it is necessary to make sure that all the necessary conditions are in place before it proceeds. This requires an initial discussion, followed by preparatory investigation to ensure that there is sufficient bone to place the implant into.  Finally, there is the procedure itself. Although some patients are concerned about potential discomfort, most find the procedure to be no more uncomfortable than other procedures. Naturally, a local anaesthetic will be given, and sedation options are available if you wish to consider this to make the treatment less stressful.

Once your implant has been placed, there is a period of around three months where special care needs to be taken. You will need to be aware that liquid and very soft foods are all that should be eaten initially to avoid damaging the implant. Providing that you do this and look after them as instructed by your Purley implant dentist, you will be ready for the final stage where the crown is attached and your replacement tooth complete.

Long term implications

Although the preparatory phase of this treatment may seem a little inconvenient, the beauty is that the long term ones are anything but. Once the crown has been attached to the implant and perhaps after you have given yourself a week or so to become used to the new feel of it, you can eat whatever you want and likely forget that you even have it!

Cleaning is one of the key areas (along with stability) that many ex denture wearers particularly appreciate. There is no removal of implants to clean as with dentures; you simply brush as you would your natural teeth. You should also floss in order to prevent gum problems such as periodontitis and peri-implantitis, two of the biggest threats to your implant.

When we say ‘long term’, we mean exactly that. With good care there is no reason why your implant should not last you for a minimum of twenty years and quite likely more.

If you would like to find more about your implant options, please contact the Confidental Clinic in Purley on 020 8660 8923.