Dental implants have revolutionised the way we think about tooth replacement. They can provide a long-lasting solution that, if looked after correctly, could last a whole lifetime.
This is because dental implants work with the body, rather than against it like some tooth replacement options. If you have recently lost a tooth or you have been living with a different form of tooth replacement, you probably have some questions about dental implants and what they can offer.
Dr Joe Bhat is a leader in the field of dental implant surgery and has placed over 5,500 implants and had his practice dedicated to implant surgery for over 16 years. Over 300 dental practices refer to Dr Joe Bhat when they aren’t qualified to carry out the procedure themselves.
How many teeth can be replaced by dental implants?
Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth. If you have been using dentures or bridges to replace missing teeth, they can be replaced with dental implant supported systems that could last longer and provide more usability.
If you are missing just one natural tooth, then a single implant can support a custom-crafted crown that will fit seamlessly into your smile. Larger gaps in your smile won’t necessarily need multiple implants. The number of implants required usually depends on the quality of bone at each potential implant site.
Dentures can also be stabilised with dental implants. In the lower jaw, a denture would generally need two implants to attach to, in the upper jaw more are generally needed as the bone density is often lower.
Is it uncomfortable when implants are placed?
Dental implants are usually placed under the same local anaesthetic that is provided for routine dental procedures. Depending on the complexity of the case and if any bone grafting is required, the procedure can take anywhere between just 15 minutes and several hours.
For most patients, normal painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol can be sufficient for the few days after the procedure. If you are feeling more discomfort than these medications can deal with, then don’t hesitate to contact Dr Joe Bhat for a prescription for stronger medication.