Are you looking to have oral implants fitted, but want to know a bit more about them?
At Kooringal Dental, we have fitted many dental implants Wagga, and are always happy to discuss this treatment option with you in order to help you to decide if they are right for you.
Here, our dentist answers some of the most common questions we receive about dental implants Wagga, so read on to learn more!
Can I have oral implants if I’m over 50?
There is a popular misconception that only young people can have dental implants Wagga.
However, assuming that you are over the age of 18, have good oral health, good physical health and have enough jawbone to support them, then you will probably be a suitable candidate for oral implants.
So, yes, you can have oral implants fitted if you are over the age of 50! Just talk to our team!
I have lost all of my natural teeth; can oral implants help?
Yes, they can!
Many people assume that if they have lost all of their natural teeth, that they will then need more oral implants fitted to replace every tooth. This is not the case.
If you are opting to have dentures fitted, we can simply fit 4 implants on your upper and lower jaw, and once they have healed, we will attach the dentures to them. Simple, proven and more comfortable!
How long does the fitting take?
If we are fitting a single implant, the process can take up to 2 hours, depending on the location where we are fitting the implant; implants fitted near the front of the mouth take less time!
But, if you are having multiple implants fitted, then we will typically spread the appointments out to allow for a more comfortable, less-invasive option.
Can oral implants correct misalignments?
This is a bit of a yes and no answer.
Bite misalignment can lead to the gums receding, which may impact the success of oral implants overall. Also, if you have a severe over or underbite, you may want to attempt to correct it with implants, but as they do not move the jaws, then the bite issue is likely to be present even with the fitting of implants.
In short, if you have missing teeth that were misaligned, then it may be possible for us to attach a bridge or denture which is straighter, thus alleviating the cosmetic issue. However, if you have misaligned teeth in your mouth, our team will usually aim to straighten them with a brace before opting for something like oral implants.
Do oral implants fall out?
Oral implants are not simply metal rods that are placed in your jawbone and then have teeth attached to them.
The metal rod or implant is made from titanium and as such, when it is placed into a vacant socket or a hole that we drill, over time, it gradually fuses with the surrounding bone. This allows it to act as a secure anchor for the prosthetic tooth or teeth to attach to.
If you do suspect that your oral implant is about to fall out, or is loose, then please contact our team promptly for an assessment.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.