Dental Implants: 4 Things You Need to Know

Dental ImplantsDid you know that dental implants have been around since ancient Egypt? The very first ‘implants’ could be anything from shells to bone fragments. Just imagine jagged shells for teeth!

Thankfully, today, a variety of materials is used to create bridges and dentures so that they provide comfort, look great and last long. If you’re slated to get a few put in at surgery, then you’re in luck. There’s no better time to get them.

Here are some of the things you can expect about dental implants any dentist in Milton Keynes would say about your upcoming procedure.

1. You have something screwed onto your jawbone.

Getting implants is a major surgical procedure, especially if you need quite a few. Your dentist has to slice your gums open, drill a hole in your jaw bone and fit a screw into the hole. All with your mouth open. It certainly looks like a handful, says, but it has its risks and rewards just like any procedure.

2. You can’t have them if you’re younger than 18 years old.

In some cases, even 18-year-olds may not even be eligible for implants if the dentist decides that the jaw bone hasn’t fully developed. Your practitioner has to ensure that the metal part of the bridge has something stable for anchoring. If the bone is still growing, the procedure may not be valid.

3. Smoking can make your implants fail.

Studies have shown that tobacco use is directly proportional to implant failure. While it doesn’t mean that smoking is a cause for your bridges to fail, both tobacco use and the implant itself are linked with deteriorating bone matter in your jaw.

4. Studies have shown that implants last at least five years.

Anecdotal evidence does show that your implants can last much longer, but formal studies have only been able to document the current implant technology to last for five years.

Your dentist probably has more reminders and important things for you to know so don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions before your procedure!