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Hi, my name is N3v! I'm exploring dental implants

N3v
N3v Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited August 2021 in Start here and say hello!
Hi, Exploring dental implants

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,509 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community Feel free to join in or ask any questions 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,478 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @N3v - & welcome to the community. :)  Have you discussed dental implants with your dentist, or are you hoping for other people's personal experience of these?
  • Cher_Inactive
    Cher_Inactive Posts: 4,400 Scope online community team
    Hello @N3v and a warm welcome to the community, it's great to meet you.

    What information are you looking for in relation to dental implants?  The NHS advise this on their Dental treatments webpage:
    Dental implants
    Implants are a fixed alternative to removable dentures. They may be the only option if the loss of teeth has caused the mouth to shrink so it can no longer support dentures. 
    You can use implants to replace just a single tooth or several teeth.
    To fit an implant, titanium screws are drilled into the jaw bone to support a crown, bridge or denture.
    Replacement parts take time to prepare. This is to ensure that they fit your mouth and other teeth properly. This means they may not be available on your first visit to the dentist.
    Implants are usually only available privately and are expensive. They're sometimes available on the NHS for patients who can't wear dentures or whose face and teeth have been damaged, such as people who have had mouth cancer or an accident that's knocked a tooth out.
    As @chiarieds mentioned, have you had a conversation with your dentist about having them and what was their advice if so?

    I hope you're keeping well and have a fab Thursday :)
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  • pamrul09
    pamrul09 Member Posts: 1 Listener
    welcome to the community. :)  Small Contribution from my side. i hope it will help you.

    What are dental implants?

    A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

    Who does this procedure?

    If you are having an implant, your dentist may perform this procedure or refer you to a dental specialist who has further training in this area. Specialists who place implants are periodontists or oral and maxillofacial surgeons, also called oral surgeons. Specialists who place dentures, crowns & bridges on implants are called prosthodontists.

    How dental implants are done

    • Your dentist or specialist will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you
    • During the first stage of surgery, your dentist or specialist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take several months to heal.
    • During the second stage of surgery and once the tissue is healed, your dentist or specialist will attach an abutment to the implant. An abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. In some cases, the first and second stage of implant surgery may be done in one single stage.
    • An artificial replacement tooth is made and your dentist or specialist attaches it to the abutment. It may take several appointments to properly fit the replacement tooth to the abutment.
    • When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored to your dental implants. A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held firmly in place by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth or teeth.

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