When you have recently lost a tooth or teeth to decay or illness, it can have a big impact on you and your day-to-day lifestyle.
Having a gap in your smile may be distinctive for some, but for others, it creates a dilemma; how can I have this fixed without the need for wobbly dentures or without breaking the bank? In the past, many dental teams would have suggested a fitted bridge; a prosthetic tooth or set of teeth attached to a natural tooth with a metal wire. But, unfortunately, these fixtures can cause the natural tooth to crack under the pressure.
Luckily, there is a way to physically restore your teeth, prevent damage to any natural teeth and restore the strength and function of your bite all at once; oral implants!
At Kooringal Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our suitable patients dental implants Wagga, that look, feel and act like real teeth. Attached to your jaw, implants are secure and enable you to bite into tougher foods without the worry of movement or of ulcers forming. Matched to your surrounding teeth, no one will be able to spot the difference either. Brilliant!
Curious to learn more about dental implants Wagga? Read on for the answers to the top 5 FAQS we are asked.
Does the fitting hurt?
When you come to our team to have dental implants Wagga fitted, we will ensure that your mouth is numbed before beginning.
But once you are at home post-fitting, you may feel something akin to bruising or soreness; this is perfectly normal and should be manageable with over the counter pain relief. If the sensations worsen or there is abnormal swelling around the implant site, contact our team.
How long does the procedure take?
In total, the fitting of a single implant can take up to 2 hours.
However, once in place, you will need to wait between 3-6 months, so we can ensure that it has fused correctly to your jaw.
What if my implant moves?
If you notice your implant is moving, you need to see our team straight away to prevent losing the fixture altogether.
We will aim to reset it, but depending on the cause of the movement, you may need to have a bone graft or we may need to place the implant into another more stable part of your mouth.
How long do they last?
With correct care, oral implants can last up to and over 20 years.
By correct care, we mean you coming to see our team every 6 months for a check-up, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and of course, good oral hygiene at home. Failure to do this may result in gum disease, which heightens the chance of the implant(s) failing.
Are they expensive?
At a glance, yes, they may appear pricey, but our team is able to offer financing options to suitable patients.
This will help you to break down the cost into monthly instalments, making the expense manageable.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.