Your Dental Implants Frequently asked questions, answered!

shutterstock_70276582Dental implants are an impressive restorative dental treatment that can be used to replace missing teeth…

At Dental Implant Solutions in Southport, we are often asked by many questions about the process, the benefits and what to expect when receiving dental implants to replace missing teeth. As such, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below to help you learn more about the treatment before visiting us for your FREE initial consultation with Dr Sempf.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an artificial tooth root, fabricated from a very strong biocompatible material that is implanted into the jawbone. Overtime the implant fuses with your jawbone to mimic that of your natural tooth. We then place a crown, fixed bridge or a full set of dentures over the implants which offer durability and functionality.

When are they necessary?

Dental Implants are an excellent treatment option that can be utilised to replace a single tooth, several teeth in a row or to replace a complete dental arch of lost teeth. They are used to support and stabilise existing dentures or to support full fixed bridges for those who have lost all their natural teeth and are looking for a long-term solution to their tooth loss.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

When you get dental implants you are choosing a treatment that is long-term and natural in appearance and feeling. Below are the advantages to dental implant dentistry:

They are a permanent solution and look and feel natural: They replicate the look and function of your natural teeth and provide a fully functional replacement for missing teeth long-term. The dental implant root is extremely durable and with porcelain crowns, bridges and implant supported dentures you can have a brilliant, bright, beautiful smile that looks completely natural.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

Prior to any treatment, the underlying jawbone is assessed by 3D imagery (Cone Beam CT) to analyse suitable bone volume, to ensure you are a suitable candidate for implant surgery. The procedure is done over a few stages as it requires healing periods in between each stage.

Firstly, the gum is prepared to accompany the implant, which is often performed with local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. The implant is then covered over and left to heal until the implant is ‘osseointegrated’. Osseointegration is a term used to describe the structural and functional connection between the living bone and the surface of an artificial implant.

After you have spent time healing, we will ask you to come back in for the capping your prosthetic tooth. This is your second appointment in which we will uncover the top of the implant and attach a dental abutment- the fixture used to connect the implant and prosthetic tooth.

At Dental Implant Solutions, we have our patients come in for a follow up appointment to ensure their implants are feeling natural and comfortable in your mouth.

How long do they last?

 The success of your dental implants is often dependent on the care you take post-treatment. Periodontal disease is one of the biggest threats to dental implants because it can loosen implants if left untreated. However, with proper care and frequent dental check-ups, your dental implants can last longer.

Take advantage of our Free consultation

At Dental Implant Solutions in Southport, Dr Sempf offers his patients a FREE initial consultation, allowing you to receive his expertise, understand the condition of your smile and discover his recommendations without the pressure of added cost. With a strong dedication to helping his patients achieve total oral health, Dr Sempf uses his strong scientific background to assess, diagnose and suggest the best treatment for best results.

The natural look and feel along with the security of knowing that your new teeth are permanently implanted into your jaw will give you a feeling of confidence and assurance in your dental health.

To discover more about the dental implant procedures we offer at our Southport dental practice, or to arrange an appointment with one of our dedicated dentists, please contact us.