Dental implants are usually inserted during two separate procedures; firstly, the implant itself is inserted into the already existing cavity. In the other, the tooth is extracted, the bone is prepared and then the new dental implant is placed a few months later.
The procedure is usually performed in your dentist’s office under local anaesthetic. For this procedure, the same anaesthetic as for a tooth extraction is sufficient. Tell your dentist if you are feeling particularly anxious about the treatment, as your dentist may be able to offer a sedative to help you relax if you are fearful of the procedure.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most adults with good general health and healthy gums. They are not suitable for children and teenagers under the age of 18 as the underlying bones continue to grow.
Your dentist may not recommend dental implants in the following cases:
Do you smoke?
If you have received radiotherapy to your jaw area
If you have diabetes that is not well controlled
Suffer from gum (periodontal) disease
However, every situation is different. Tell your dentist about any medical problems you have and they will let you know if implants are an option for you.