If they are placed by an experienced specialist and cared for properly, your dental implants can last the rest of your life. Over 90% of implants that were placed over ten years ago are still functional today and clinical studies that have tracked implant treatment for up to 35 years reveal a high success rate.
The success of dental implants depends on the skills and expertise of the clinician, the quality of the implants, and the care and attention devoted to the restoration (tooth replacement). Other influential factors include: how well patients look after their teeth at home, and maintain them through the hygienist.
Quality of the Implants
An implant is an artificial root that we embed in the patient’s jawbone to use as a solid foundation for crowns, bridges, or to anchor dentures. The implants we use are made of pure titanium and have over 20 years of research and ‘track record’ behind them.
Implants can be manufactured from other materials. However, there is limited data available on their long-term performance and as a result we don’t currently use them.
The crown, bridge or denture that are attached to the implant/s are made of ceramic material – these ‘restorations’ can be replaced if they become worn or cracked without having to replace the titanium implants that are integrated to the jawbone.
Skills and Expertise
All the dentists at Norfolk Dental Specialists are highly experienced – either registered specialists or with accredited postgraduate qualifications – in their chosen fields of periodontology or implantology. Your implants will be placed by an experienced dental surgeon who specialises in this procedure.
Home Care Routine
Long-term studies have also shown that implants with the longest lifespan reside in healthy mouths with low plaque levels. This can be achieved withegular maintenance with the hygienist and a thorough home oral care routine. At Norfolk Dental Specialists, we will provide you with a full aftercare guide to take with you after treatment. Your new implants and restorations will need regular cleaning and maintenance and our hygienists will demonstrate and guide you in the appropriate cleaning techniques.
If you would like to know more about dental implants, call our clinic on 01603 632525 to make an appointment with our treatment co-ordinator or download our information booklet Dental Implants.
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