Dental implants: your questions answered

Using dental implants gives your dentist a permanent way to replace your missing teeth. In many ways they are a second chance at healthy adult teeth, and at Dove Dental in Derby we believe that in most situations they are the best solution to tooth loss.

dental-implants-derbyOf course, we also appreciate that investing in dental implants is a big decision, which is why we have gathered some frequently asked questions about dental implant treatment. If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with a member of our Derby dental implants team.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

As many as required. Dove Dental in Derby offers a range of implant treatments designed to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth – for life. Implants are bionic tooth roots that are combined with a bridge, a denture, or a single crown, depending on what your clinical situation is.

How exactly do implants work, and why are they better than standard dentures?

Dental implants are made from titanium, which is osteoconductive (meaning it is supportive of bone growth). After your Derby dentist has placed the required number of implants, the process of osseointegration starts, which sees new bone tissue and blood vessels grow around your dental implants. As well as keeping them, and thus your new teeth, firmly in place, it also keeps your jaw bone healthy and strong.

Because a shrinking jaw bone is the main reason behind ill-fitting dentures, implants actively prevent the issues loose dentures bring – difficulty eating, speaking, and negative effects on your confidence.

Does it hurt to have implants?

No. Any surgery may cause some discomfort for a few days afterwards, which can be managed by over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen. The actual surgery itself is a minor procedure that most patients at our Derby dental clinic only need local anaesthetic for.

How do I look after my dental implants?

Your Derby dentist will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions immediately after surgery. In the long term you need to practise good oral hygiene, brush your new teeth at least twice a day, and visit both your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.