Many people in 2022 have heard about the changes that are happening relating to restorative dental care, specifically the replacement of missing teeth.
In years gone by, this would have equated to people needing to wear fitted bridges or dentures, but thanks to advances in cosmetic dental care and restorative procedures, it is now possible to replace teeth that have been lost decades ago with the use of oral implants.
When you come to see our team at Kooringal Dental for dental implants Wagga, we will always aim to meet your aesthetic and functional requirements. Oral implants are ideal for people who have lost teeth a long time ago or even recently, and can restore the strength of your bite and chewing without the need for dental adhesives, which is great!
But before you rush off to book your appointment with our team, you will likely have some questions about the procedure as a whole and even the aftercare or cost. In this article, our team will answer 5 of the most common queries that we receive about dental implants Wagga.
Does the fitting hurt?
Having dental implants Wagga fitted does not hurt, or it shouldn’t! This is because our team will ensure that the area where we are making the incisions is numbed with a local anaesthetic. If you are a nervous patient, we would be more than happy to offer you sedation for the duration of the treatment.
Once you are at home afterwards, you will need to take over-the-counter pain relief to manage the post-operative soreness, which should only last a few days. We recommend that you take paracetamol. Try to avoid blood thinning painkillers such as ibuprofen or aspirin, as this can make any bruising or bleeding worse.
Will I get an infection?
It is exceedingly unlikely that you will get an infection following the fitting of oral implants from our team. However, you can reduce the risk by following the aftercare instructions that we provide such as cleaning the area with salt water as required each day and avoiding putting pressure on the site of the implant fitting until the gums have healed. If you suspect that you have an infection due to lingering discomfort, discolouration of the gums or a fever, please contact our team as soon as possible.
How long will it take for the implants to fuse?
Many factors will impact how long it will take for implants to fuse and one of them is your general health. If you have an ongoing illness, it may take slightly longer. For the average patient, it takes between 3 to 9 months for oral implants to fuse to the jaw. If 12 months after the fitting we do not see any evidence that the implants are fusing, we will need to remove them and consider other restorative options.
How long will they last?
With correct aftercare, which is as simple as caring for your regular teeth, your oral implants should easily last 15 to 20 years or more. One of the core things that you need to keep an eye out for with your implants is gum disease, just as with natural teeth this can cause your implants to become loose and fall out. If you suspect your implants are coming loose, please contact us.
Are they expensive?
You may have concerns that oral implants are expensive but at Kooringal Dental, our team is always happy to offer our suitable patients financing options, which will help you to spread the cost. So, please contact our team about this if you are interested.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.