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Eager to learn about dental implants? Our dentist in Glasgow answers 5 FAQs about them

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Do you have missing teeth? Are you fed up with dentures rubbing on your gums and causing sores?

Luckily, there is now a way to restore the functionality of your teeth and smile more permanently; dental implants!

At Buttercup 7 Day Dental, we have helped lots of patients to restore their smile using oral implants and know all that there is to know about this procedure. Our dentist in Glasgow will talk you through it and will aim to answer your questions with jargon-free language, helping you to decide if implants are right for you.

Curious to learn more about dental implants? Our dentist in Glasgow answers 5 FAQs below.

Does the fitting hurt?

While we acknowledge that the fitting of dental implants may sound painful, our dentist in Glasgow will take every care to ensure that it is comfortable for you.

We will use a local anaesthetic when we make the incisions into your gum line and, post treatment, we can recommend over-the-counter pain relief for you. If you are concerned about the level of discomfort you are in following the fitting of implants, contact our team as you may have an infection.

How long will I need to wait before my fake teeth are attached?

This will vary depending on your age and the rate by which your jawbone grows.

Generally speaking, it takes between 3 and 6 months for the implants to fuse with the jaw, thus allowing our team to fit the false teeth.

Can oral implants be used to support dentures?

Yes, they can.

If you have had a set of dentures, or need to have a set created, we can certainly offer you additional support by fitting oral implants.

Typically, this would involve 4 implants placed in the upper jaw and 4 in the lower jaw for a full set of implants. For partial dentures or bridges, this number would be altered to accommodate the size of the prosthetic.

If you want to know how many implants you would need to support a set of dentures or a bridge, talk to our team.

How long do they last?

If they are cared for correctly, your oral implants should last upwards of 15 years.

By cared for correctly, we mean you should refrain from smoking, consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and you should attend dental check-ups every 6 months. You should also be diligent about flossing and using mouthwashes once the implants have healed, as this prevents bacterial accumulation which can lead to gum disease.

Will they fall out?

This would be very unusual.

Dental implants are affixed to your jaw and, as mentioned before, a period of fusing has to take place before our team fits your prosthetic teeth to them. And, as we will be checking the stability of the implants at every stage, they should not fall out.

Of course, if you have concerns about one of your implants moving at any stage of the fitting or afterwards, contact our team for an appointment.

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