Good general health is important and should be taken into account before undergoing any dental implant surgery. Patients with diabetes or who are heavy smokers have a greater risk of developing gum disease and infections following surgery.
A thorough assessment will be carried out before any implant surgery and a long-term plan will be drawn up to include regular after care. It is important to maintain very good oral hygiene standards in order to avoid infection and discomfort. If implants are not cleaned properly then plaque will form- causing infection and bleeding.
Implants usually take place under a local anaesthetic and no pain should be experienced during the procedure. You may feel some discomfort in the immediate days or weeks following treatment, but you will be advised how to manage this.
Overall, dental implants are a great long-term option for many people. With regular long-term care and if they are looked after correctly, they can last for many years.
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