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Upper right broken tooth, removed and replaced with an immediate implant and crown.
Missing upper right molar and premolar, replaced with implants and a fixed bridge.
Dental implants are safe, and a well-established treatment. They are like natural teeth which will last as long as you care for them.
How well you look after your implants – and whether you go for your regular maintenance appointments – will have the biggest impact on how long they will last.
If you don’t care for your dental implants they will develop a coating similar to what you get on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
This depends highly on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of tests to find out the amount of bone is still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
A simple local anesthetic will be administered as placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out. You will not feel any pain at the time but, just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
General anesthetics are rarely used for implants and are generally only used for very complicated cases.
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