What to Expect from Dental Implants in Belfast

Dental ImplantIn Belfast, dental implants have become people’s first choice for replacing teeth that have been lost due to decay, gum disease and accidents.

Dental implants in Belfast have been available from various dental clinics, such as Blue Sky Dentistry, for a good few years and in that time, more and more people have gone for them rather than more old-fashioned methods such as fixed bridgework and dentures.

People get a bit scared of having dental implants fitted because the procedure is fairly invasive, but the results are well worth any trepidation that goes on before the procedure. A good dentist will always manage to allay people’s fears about what happens during the minor surgery. The work takes places on the jawbone, which has far fewer nerves in it than the teeth, so it is not very painful. A local anaesthetic is plenty to numb the pain, but anaesthetics cannot numb feelings of anxiety. These are dealt with by offering sedation, either oral, intravenous or a mixture of gas and air that is breathed in through a mask over the nose.

The procedure

It takes an hour or 2 to put in dental implants in Belfast. After the patient is thoroughly numbed, the dentist cuts through the gum and carefully creates an artificial channel in the jawbone. Where this goes have already been carefully planned with reference to x-rays and scans so that there is no interference with blood vessels or nerves. Once the channel has been created, the dentist inserts the dental implant, covers it with a temporary cap and puts the gum back.

Recovery and osseointegration

Patients can expect to have sore, swollen gums for a few days, which can be treated with over-the-counter medication. They need to keep pressure off the implants to allow them to integrate with the bone, so it’s important to have a liquid diet for the first week and then eat soft foods for the next several weeks.

The crowns

These are handmade from dental porcelain to blend in with the surrounding natural teeth, and are put on once the implants have integrated with the jawbone.