Dental implants: common questions answered

Choosing dental implants is an investment in both your smile and your future. That’s what we believe at Ralston Dental and Cosmetic Clinic in Leicester, where we can use implants to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth.

dental-implantsWe understand, however, that choosing dental implants is a big decision. We’ve collected some common questions and answers about dental implant treatment here. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please get in touch with a member of the team here at our Leicester dental clinic. They will be more than happy to help.

How do dental implants work?

Teeth comprise roots and crowns, and dental implants replace the roots. Indeed, they are the only way to do so. They are placed in direct contact with your jaw bone during minor oral surgery at our Leicester clinic, and after healing provide long-term, secure support for new teeth.

Oral surgery? Do I need to take time off work? And will it hurt?

Not at all. Dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic, and at our Leicester clinic we use The Wand pain-free injection system to deliver your anaesthesia. In terms of down time, most people return to normal activities the day after implant surgery. You can manage any post-operative discomfort with over-the-counter painkillers.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

As many as you need. At our Leicester clinic your implant dentist can use this treatment to replace anything from one to all of your natural teeth, attaching a single crown, a bridge, or dentures to your implants to restore natural appearance and function.

My dentures used to fit but now they’re loose. Will this happen with my implants?

No. This is one of the key benefits of implant treatment. As well as holding your teeth in place with a strength akin to that of natural tooth roots, dental implants help to preserve the health of your jaw bone. What this means in real terms is that you will be able to eat, speak, and smile as if you had a second set of natural teeth!

With regular check-ups at our Leicester clinic, your implants can last for life.