Have you got a missing tooth or teeth, leaving gaps that you are fed up with seeing whenever you smile?
If so, there is a permanent solution that can restore not only your smile, but your ability to eat food without movement or developing sores on your gums; oral implants!
A sole provider of dental implants Cambridge, Domingos Mamede has been fitting implants for over 10 years. With extensive knowledge of the most advanced techniques and being able to offer the best technology to offer this restorative method, he prides himself on providing top-quality restorations and on helping his patients reach the highest levels of dental cosmetic excellence. What more could you want from a dental practitioner?
So, what are some of the most common questions that Domingos is asked about dental implants Cambridge? Read on to find out?
What are oral implants?
Basically, dental implants Cambridge are small titanium fixtures (that resemble a screw), which are fitted into your jaw. As they are made from titanium, they gradually fuse with the surrounding jaw over a period of 3-6 months, after which a false tooth or set of teeth are placed on top of them.
They do not move and will allow you to bite into and chew food as you did when you had your natural teeth.
Can anyone have them fitted?
There are a strict set of criteria that are required to make someone suitable for oral implants.
Using an X-ray, Domingos will assess whether you have the right amount of jaw to successfully support an implant and whether that jawbone is healthy.
If you have degenerative bone disorders, such as osteoporosis, it is unlikely that your implants will fuse. If you are taking any medication or have any other medical concerns, please disclose them at your initial consultation.
How long does a fitting take?
This will depend on how many are being fitted; a single implant can take up to an hour to fit.
And once all of your implants are in place, there is a waiting period of between 3-6 months on average for the implant to fuse, creating a stable base for the prosthetic teeth to be fitted to.
Do they look fake?
Not at all!
If you are having a full set of dentures fitted and want to get that Hollywood smile, then mention this at your consultation and Domingos will pass this information on to the laboratory where the prosthetic teeth are made.
However, if you want a more natural look that will blend in with your surrounding teeth, that can be achieved too. In short, no one will know you have had implants unless you tell them!
How long do they last on average?
With correct aftercare, such as attending biannual check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene at home, your implants can last up to and over 15 years. However, it is worth noting that lifestyle choices like smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can shorten the life of implants.