People just love to tell each other terrible gory stories of their operations, and people love to listen. But it is always good to take such stories with a pinch of salt and not let them put you off if you need something done. There are some great war stories of dental implant fittings, but are they really true? At Bromley Dental Practice, we like to think not. Here’s what to expect when you come for dental implants in Bromley with us.
Our implant surgeon will have a good chat with you and take a good look at your dental and medical history. You can expect to have your jawbone very carefully checked, with x-rays and maybe CT scans, to see if it is strong and dense enough for the dental implants to be able to sustain the powerful forces created by chewing.
If you get the go-ahead, then we will book you in for surgery.
Scared? We wouldn’t be surprised, especially if you’ve heard stories of terrible pain endured. But, they are probably not true. There just aren’t enough nerve endings in the jawbone to send massive pain signals to the brain, and anyway, you will be very well numbed with a local anaesthetic.
Still scared? Don’t worry, we can help you deeply relax with either oral or intravenous sedation.
So, all numbed up and floating on a cloud of sedatives, you lie back in the chair while we cut through your gum and create carefully planned channels in your jawbone to take the implants. Once they are in place, we put your gum back and cap the implants off with a temporary cover.
The waiting game
Over the next 2-6 months, new bone tissue grows all over the implants to hold them securely in place.
The final bit
Then you come back to us and we put on your handcrafted porcelain crowns.
Now all you need to do is maintain a careful brushing and flossing routine, plus regular hygienists’ visits, and your dental implants in Bromley will last for at for at least 15 years, probably decades.