Curious if oral implants are for you? Your top 5 FAQs answered

Do you have some gaps in your teeth? Are you fed up with those loose dentures rubbing against your jaw?

When you lose teeth, it can have a devastating impact on your self-confidence. Even if you lost your teeth a while ago, it can still niggle away at your self-esteem, while also reducing your mouth’s functionality; after all, we need teeth to chew our food!

If you are fed up with those dentures that rub incessantly against your gums or you just want to improve your smile, having oral implants fitted can help.

When you decide to seek dental implants in Melbourne, you will be astonished at how these simple devices can alter your eating habits. Attached to your jaw, they offer a permanent alternative to dentures, while giving you a more natural look to your smile and improving your bite strength.

Of course, before you decide if oral implants are for you, you will have some questions. In this article, your top 5 questions about having dental implants in Melbourne are answered!

Does having them fitted hurt?

One of the most obvious questions you will have about dental implants in Melbourne is does it hurt having them fitted?

While your dental team will obviously ensure that your mouth is numbed sufficiently enough before attempting any part of the fitting process, once you leave the surgery and the numbing injections start to dull, you may experience some discomfort. However, any dentist can assure you that it should not be severe and, if you have had dental extractions in the past, it should be no worse than having a tooth removed. If you are worried about the discomfort you are in, book an urgent appointment and see your dentist as soon as you can, as it is probable that you have an infection.

Aren’t they really expensive?

While the initial cost may seem steep,many dental surgeries that offer implants are also able to financing options.

This will help you break down the cost of the implants into affordable monthly chunks- perfect!

I lost my teeth a while back- can I still have oral implants?

As long as you have no signs of gum disease and have sufficient bone for your dentist to attach the implants to, of course you can!

Even if your jaw has receded due to tooth loss, your team may be able to offer you mini or zygomatic implants, to help secure your new set of teeth.

Can you smoke after they are fitted?

While you can obviously smoke after having implants fitted, most dentists will strongly advise against it.

Smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol can shorten the lifespan of your implants significantly, so it is worth kicking the habit to keep your implants in place!

How long do they last?

As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, avoid smoking or drinking to excess, a well maintained set of oral implants can last up to 40 years!  Now, that’s a worthwhile investment in your smile! Brilliant!

Disclaimer All dental treatments carry potential risks. Contact your local dental team for more information about the procedures mentioned in this article.

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