Curious to learn about dental implants? 5 common queries answered by our team in Melbourne
Oral implants have helped thousands of people around the world to restore their smiles and the functionality of their teeth.
Unlike dentures which can cause rubbing on the gums, or fitted bridges which can put pressure on the teeth that they are attached to, implants are fitted straight to the jaw and once the prosthetic teeth are attached, will not be able to move. They can also help to stabilise any surrounding natural teeth as they promote the growth of the jawbone.
As is the way with most dental procedures, many patients have a few questions about this restorative and cosmetic treatment.
And at High Dental Implants in Melbourne, it is our team’s job to answer any queries you have about having implants fitted, as well as to see you through both the procedure and the aftercare. No two fittings are ever the same and you may have a different set of clinical requirements than the next patient, so we will always ensure that you understand each stage of the process and are happy with the explanations we provide.
But what are some of the most common questions we are asked about dental implants in Melbourne? Read on to find out!
Will they get infected?
Our team will fit your dental implants in Melbourne in the most sterile and clean environment possible to prevent the chance of the implant site from becoming infected.
Some things are outside our control and, while unlikely, you may suffer an infection; be sure to look out for abnormal swelling, discolouration or discomfort around the implant site.
Can I smoke once they are fitted?
Technically yes, but our team will advise that you quit smoking before undertaking this treatment.
Smoking increases the chances of your gum line receding and also heightens your chance of developing oral cancers, both of which will cause your implants to fail prematurely. If you want to quit smoking to have implants fitted, talk to our team about smoking cessation.
Will the fitting hurt?
Once the numbing agent wears off, you may feel a sensation which resembles an oral extraction. Any discomfort you experience should be manageable with over the counter pain relief.
During the procedure, our team will ensure that your mouth is sufficiently numbed, so we can proceed without causing you any discomfort.
Will they last a long time?
With correct aftercare and oral hygiene (such as brushing twice a day and attending check-ups), your implants should last for over 20 years.
If you begin smoking cigarettes, begin consuming excess quantities of alcohol or develop health issues in this time, this may negatively impact on their longevity. Talk to our team if you have any concerns about a pre-existing condition and implants.
Can dentures be stabilised with them?
Yes, they can and many of our older patients in Melbourne have successfully stopped their dentures from wobbling by having implants fitted.
If you want to stabilise a pre-existing bridge or denture, talk to our team about having an all-on-4 implant fitted.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.