On average, studies have shown that once implants are placed they can last twenty years. This depends on how you look after the implants once they have been fitted. As with natural teeth it is imperative that you see the hygienist at least a minimum of twice a year and be meticulous with homecare, such as flossing and using the interdental brushes as recommended by the hygienist. You must also have regular examinations with the dentist so that an x ray of the implant can be monitored.
Depending on the amount of implants to be placed, it can take on average 30 minutes to place a single implant. The best way to place dental implants is to use the sterile method so that there is no chance of infection and/or rejection of the implant. First of all the room must be decontaminated and the patient draped with a sterile cover. Once the patients face has been cleaned and the double wrapped instruments laid out the dentist can numb the patient’s mouth and then begin the placement of the implant. Once the implant is in position, the site can be sutured and the patient’s temporary teeth are adjusted to fit. All this will take no more than 90 minutes in total.
The best option would be to have implants. Implants are individually placed and require no preparation of other teeth. The treatment is carried out over a period of about 6 months as we have to wait for the bone to heal around the implants. Alternatively a bridge can be placed filling the gaps, making your mouth fully functional again or a denture can be made. For a treatment that’s longest lasting and secure I would recommend implants.
The teeth if any will be extracted and dental implants can be placed. The implant/s is placed and a temporary tooth/teeth are mounted onto the implant. This will remain in place for a minimum of three months and during this healing period the patient would not be able to eat solid food (as it can compromise the healing of the implant). Once the dentist is confident that the implant has integrated with the jaw bone, he will go ahead with the final crown or bridge.
Dental implants are better for the health of the mouth. A partial or full denture will cover some or all or the palate. This can lead to loss of taste and so food is not so enjoyable. Another problem with dentures, is the risk of getting a sore mouth, palate or gums. When implants are placed it only involves the tooth that is to be replaced and so the palate is not covered. Even with a full arch denture supported by implants there is no coverage of the palate. For a lower denture supported by implants there is a lot more stability as opposed to an ordinary denture.
A sinus lift is needed before an implant can be placed if there is not enough bone in the upper jaw to accommodate an implant. Sometimes a sinus lift is done 3 months before the implant is placed, so that graft is fully healed and integrated with the jaw bone. The area around the sinus is fully anaesthetised before the procedure. After the procedure, the area can be slightly tender but normal painkillers such as paracetamol will make you more comfortable.