DENTAL IMPLANT FAQs
12 March 2021
Discover The Answers To Our Most Frequently Asked Questions About Full Arch Dental Implants
Visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience for many reasons. However, we want to make sure that the whole process of getting your dental implants is as clear, comfortable and smooth as possible. There are many questions that we are often asked, and so we thought we’d pick them apart and explain each of them in as much detail as we can to put your mind at ease about full arch dental implants.
1. How long does the process of getting full arch dental implants take?
The surgical treatment is completed in one day, so it’s a much quicker process than many may think. Any remaining teeth the patient has are removed and the implants are placed immediately, ready to support your new prosthesis. This treatment usually takes approximately two to three hours.
Once placed, your new dental implants need time to integrate. Integration is very important and a soft diet is imperative for the first three months. After three months, the next phase starts by taking new impressions or intraoral scans ready to produce the final restoration, after the soft tissues have remodelled. The final prosthesis will be ready to be fitted approximately three weeks later.
2. Is getting dental implants painful?
During the surgery, you will be completely numb. You won't experience any pain during the treatment itself. Postoperative pain, swelling and bruising vary with every patient but you should expect some swelling and bruising. Any post-operative pain can be easily managed with over-the-counter medicines - usually paracetamol or ibuprofen. It’s good to note that the mouth heals remarkably quickly.
3. How long will my dental implants last once placed?
Nothing in life lasts forever, however with good home care and regular dental and hygienist appointments, you will get many years’ function from your new prosthesis.
4. Once placed, do you treat a full arch implant like you would normal teeth?
Your new dental implants are not ‘Fit and Forget’ - they need the same care and attention as natural teeth. On completion of treatment, it will be necessary for you to attend a number of recall appointments to check the condition of the implants and to adjust the bite if required.
After this, regular 6-12 monthly dental check-ups are required to monitor the condition of your dental implants and any remaining natural teeth. You should also maintain regular hygiene appointments, as a build-up of plaque will cause gum problems and possible bone loss from around your implants if they are not well looked after.
We hope this information will be helpful to you if you’re considering getting a full arch dental treatment. If you have any further questions though, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to talk you through our process. Alternatively, you can enquire with us about dental implant treatments using our enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can to discuss your options.