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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are false teeth anchored into the mouth with screws made of titanium or other materials. Unlike dentures, implants stay fixed in your mouth.
What are the risks involved with dental implants?
As with any surgery, dental implant surgery carries some risks, including infection, as well as damage to nearby nerves, blood vessels or bone. Despite a high success rate, there is also a possibility the implants will fail, which is more …
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The length of dental implant surgery varies according to the number of implants and the type of surgery being performed. Your dentist will discuss all the details of your surgery, including the time it will take, with you.
Do I need to do anything before my dental implant procedure?
Before your dental implant procedure, you may need to take antibiotics leading up to your procedure to help prevent infection. Your dentist may also need to take moulds of your teeth and a CT scan before your surgery.
Can children have dental implants?
It is best to wait until a person has turned 18, or has stopped growing, before placing a dental implant. Any bone growth that occurs after the dental implant is placed can alter the position and look of the implant and the false tooth fixed to it.
Do I have to have a general anaesthetic to have dental implants?
Most dental implants can be placed in the dental chair under a local anaesthetic – the same numbing injection you would have for routine fillings. If you are having several implants placed at once, or there is a need to place …
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 09 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Cosmetic dentistry