We were all told as children to look after our teeth, for once our adults ones grew, we wouldn’t get another set. Unfortunately for some of us, lifestyle factors, diet, personal care and several factors which are beyond our control can lead to tooth loss. Tooth replacement is a possibility for most of us, using dental implants, providing by a dental surgeon in a relatively minor procedure.
Whether teeth have been lost through a sporting accident, a physical trauma, decay or gum disease, there is usually something that a dentist can do for you with dental implants because the treatment has a very high success rate and is non-invasive, there are very few patients for whom the treatment is unsuitable. The only real requirement is that the patient is no longer growing, but some dentists will insist that patients give up smoking before the treatment as it can delay healing and jeopardise the success of the treatment.
The severity of tooth loss dictates the tooth replacement surgery that will be required. Anything from a crown, to a bridge to an entire denture may be used with one or more implants and tooth replacement surgery is always tailored to the needs of the individual patient.
Because each patient is different, healing time after tooth replacement surgery will vary. A universal truth, however, is that the more care that you take of your implants, the longer they’ll last, so always follow the instructions given to you by your dentist or dental nurse on after care.