When it comes to the world of restorative and cosmetic dental care, it seems that there is nothing that cannot be fixed.
And while you may envision the repair of missing teeth with dentures or fitted bridges, there are now options which are more stable, more long-lasting and better for your health; oral implants.
Attached to your jaw and physically resembling a tiny screw, oral implants can be placed to fix anything from a single to an entire mouthful of new teeth, depending on your need. To assess your suitability, your dentist will first need to perform some diagnostic tests like X-Rays, to determine if you have the correct density of jaw bone to hold the implants. You will also need to be screened for other conditions, such as diabetes and even gum disease prior to these being fitted.
But before you rush off to book your appointment, you will undoubtedly have questions. In this article, 5 FAQS surrounding dental implants in Wagga are answered.
Does the fitting hurt?
During the initial fitting, there should be no pain; your dentist will have provided you with a localised numbing agent prior to making the incisions into your gum.
Once the agent wears off, however, your dental implants from Wagga may begin to feel sore which is normal. However, if after a few days the discomfort does not subside or get worse, contact your dentist for advice.
How many appointments will I need?
Typically, when dental implants near Wagga are fitted, there will be 3 primary appointments; the consultation, the fitting and the prosthetic attachment.
Spread over a 3-6 month period to allow time for your implants to fuse to the bone, your prosthetic attachment will only take place if your dental team is satisfied that the fusion between implant and bone is strong enough. If not, there may be additional appointments to check on the progress of the fusion or to discuss alternative options.
Do more expensive implants equate to better ones?
Not always, and when choosing which dental team will fit your implants, you should look for the experience that the team has at performing the procedure. At the consultation, ask as many questions as possible and ask to see the dentists portfolio and qualifications (yes, there is a qualification for fitting oral implants!). If it all checks out, then proceed as you see fit.
My implant is hurting 2 days after the fitting- what should I do?
Mild discomfort 2 days after fitting is normal, but if the implant feels worse than it did yesterday, contact your dentist for advice on what steps to take.
Will I need any special check-ups with implants?
Following the initial check-up to ensure the implants have fused to the jaw, there should be no additional check-ups relating to your implants, unless they are emergency related which is rare. You will need to attend your dental surgery every 6 months for the regular check-up, but aside from this, there are no additional appointments.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.