Wisdom Teeth: Removal, Maintenance and Cavity Prevention

Common Questions About Dental Implants

Dental implants are an extraordinarily helpful prosthetic that many Australians take advantage of every year. Not only do they allow you to eat in the same way you did before, with natural teeth, but they also give you the confidence to smile and live your life as normally as possible. However, before you get your dental implants put in place there are often a few questions running through your mind that you want to be answered. Here are three common questions about dental implants that should put your mind at ease before you have your surgery.

1. Are Dental Implants Just for Old People?

Dental implants, and dental prosthetics in general, are not just for older Australians, although they certainly can be used by that demographic. There are several reasons why younger Australians would need to get dental implants, from poor oral hygiene to naturally deficient teeth structures to accidents and injuries that dislodge your current teeth. Many people choose to get them because it is a permanent solution, which means they won't have to continually go back to the dentist for new dentures. 

2. Can You Feel Metal in Your Jaw When the Dental Implant Is Inserted?

As with any surgery that involves placing in an artificial body part, you will, of course, feel the difference at the beginning. Some people report feeling the titanium screw while others just feel something foreign and can't quite place what material it is. However, after the novelty of having a new tooth wears off, many people don't feel anything unusual at all, as their mind and nerves, as well as their jaw, adapt to this new implant and incorporate it into their systems. After a few days or weeks, you will likely not even remember you have an implant unless reminded.

3. How Do You Take Care of Dental Implants?

One of the major advantages of dental implants over dentures is the lower overall need for maintenance. Dental implants do not require any special form of care, as they are cleaned in the same way you clean your other teeth: by brushing them. Dentures, on the other hand, often need to be put in a special cleaning agent to keep them from growing bacteria and this can be tricky to remember for some people. If you want the easiest possible fix to a missing tooth then dental implants are the clear solution.