Confused about getting dental implants? Here’s what you need to know…

Getting dental implants has all sorts of horror stories attached to it, but, in reality, it is a simple process and not very painful.

Not many people will know about dental implants until they lose a tooth and need to replace it. The anticipation of the unknown makes people nervous.

In this blog we throw the light on what dental implants are and what to expect when you get them.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant procedure is when an implantologist surgically places an artificial tooth that is permanently fused in the jawbone. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. Once in place, natural looking crowns can be fitted on top of them.

Previously, fixed bridges or dentures were used to replace lost teeth. However, these rely on the health of neighbouring teeth and jaws. Dental implants are a more robust replacement to these procedures.

Why dental implants are good?

  • For more confident smiles -- don’t let a broken tooth get in the way of your smile again! Dental implants look good and are more aesthetically pleasing than dentures or fixed procedures.

  • They are good for the health of your adjacent teeth. Unlike bridges or dentures, they don’t need to be anchored to the teeth next to them. No more decay of otherwise healthy teeth.

  • More reliable as you are unlikely to forget them anywhere or need replacement.

What to expect during and after a dental implant?

You’ve probably heard about pain and long recovery time from dental implants. However, not everything you have heard is true.

With fewer nerves, this procedure is less painful than getting a root canal and more like getting a filling. Your jawbone has very few nerves running through it, fewer than your teeth. That is why getting a dental implant isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Also, the mouthis the fastest healing part of your body, so any swelling of gums is relatively fast to heal.To counter the little pain almost every surgical procedure has, local anaesthesia or sedation is given. Your dental specialist will discuss the best option for you.

One thing to be aware of is that getting dental implants is a long procedure. You will work closely with your dental team over a two to six months period to make and implement your dental implant treatment plan. Much of this treatment time is for healing and to allow the new bone to grow in your jaw.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants cost in NZ vary depending on what you’re having done. From a single tooth through to a full set of implants, there is a range of costs. Every mouth is different too—some require tooth extraction, some people need bone grafts into the jaw, so the complexity of the surgery depends on the situation.

The cost of one dental implant and crown is between NZ$6000 and NZ$7000. This cost includes all the basic surgical requirements of your implant. However, the cost of dental implants shouldn’t put you off. It is a permanent solution that offers the best smile, self-confidence, and freedom to live your life how you want to.

At Auckland Family Dental, a number of finance options are also available,so the cost does not keep you away from the treatment you need.

Where can I get dental implants?

If you have lost a tooth and need it replaced, talk to the team at Auckland Family Dental. They have six clinics across the city and a highly experienced team to help you with a treatment plan that is right for you.