Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that are used to hold a tooth in place. They are normally used for patients who have lost teeth as a result of an injury or disease. The cost of the procedure may vary. It is always advisable to go to different places that offer dental implants and compare the prices. In the UK the cost may range anywhere from 1000 to 2800 pounds.
For someone living in the US, the cost would be anywhere between $1500 to $2500. Once a patient has been able to identify a clinic with reasonable and affordable rates, the next thing he/she would have to do is to choose the right surgeon. This is very important as the surgeon will be handling a lot of delicate procedures, and his/her qualifications need to be above par. There are some questions that the doctor should be asked, such as how many dental implants has he/she performed, what his/her qualifications are, how many complications developed, and how the complications had been handled. It is also important for the patient to know the type of implants that will be used for the operation, and how reliable they are. Some patients can also be allowed to interview other patients who’d had the procedure done by the same surgeon to try and gauge how the experience had been for them; during, and after.
Dental implant procedures are quite delicate, and as a result of that, complications to tend to arise. Here are some of the known dental implants problems;
Infection – this complication comes about after the implant has been placed into the jaw, and the wound becomes infected. This is highly possible due to the amount of germs that are present in the human mouth.
Rejection – The implants are a foreign object, and the body is known to reject anything foreign. It is possible for the body to reject dental implants, and it does so by pushing it out of the jaw.
Overload – if more than one tooth needs an implant, it is important that each tooth is assigned its own implant. It can cause pressure on the teeth and the jaw, if more than one tooth was used on one dental implant at any given time.
Implant failure – though this problem is less frequent nowadays, it is still likely that the material used to make the implant breaks. This will result in the implant being removed, and needing replacement. The number of patients suffering from this problem has reduced thanks to the increase in the quality of production of the materials used to make the implants.
Bone loss – this is also known as periodontal disease. It is the loss of bone around a tooth. It can also occur after an implant has been placed. It is important that the implant is x-rayed and checked regularly to ensure that this complication does not form.
Inflammation – this is a dental implants problem that can form as a result of other complications. Inflammation is the most common of dental implants problems.
Incision line opening – it is possible that the incision line used to cut open into the jaw to place the implants, could reopen even after the procedure. For this reason, it is important that a patient attends peridic dental check ups to ensure that the wound heals properly.
After Care For Dental Implants
After the procedure, frequent checks and general aftercare of the wound will be required.
It is important for the patient to follow the instructions given to him/her by the surgeon. All surgeons are required to give patients tips on how they can care for their new implants, to prevent dental implant problems. Toothbrushes in that particular area of the mouth should be avoided, as it will be too soon. The patient can also use the special mouthwash that the doctor should provide.
Following the initial days after the operation, the patient can brush their teeth as they would any other. A special toothbrush will be needed to clean the abutments. The brush should be slightly bent as it will give the patient access to difficult areas surrounding the abutments.
Generally, the implants should be treated as would the other teeth. This means they can also be flossed. The abutments should be flossed too. The patient should set up cleaning appointments with the doctor to have the implants professionally cleaned and checked thoroughly.
After a short period of time, the implants should have healed completely.