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What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a way of replacing a tooth that has been removed. The dental implant is a titanium screw that integrates into the jaw and a tooth is fixed onto it. It is a fixed option that has no negative impacts on the other teeth. It looks and feels like a natural tooth.

How is a dental implant placed?

The procedure involves injecting local anaesthetic into the gum, lifting the gum back and drilling to create space for the implant. This is then slotted into place. Stitches are placed in the gum to help the wound heal quickly. The procedure can be performed under intravenous sedation if you are nervous about having it done. Once the implant is integrated, the final crown can be made to fit on top and to restore your smile!

What are the risks of dental implants?

Most risks associated with dental implants are temporary and improve within 7 days of surgery. We always take a 3D scan prior to implant placement to assess the position of any sensitive structures nearby. Uncommon risks include fractures of the implant or crown or gum recession around implants. Very rarely implants do not integrate but they can usually be repeated if this happens.


How long is the recovery following dental implant placement?

Pain and swelling usually lasts between 2-7 days after the procedure. Most patients can return to work between 24-48 hours after the procedure. 

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