Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the First Choice for Dental Care

Dental implants have become more enduring, cost effective and predictable than traditional dental solutions and are now possible for the majority of patients.  They are far superior to to conventional removable dentures and bridges.  Dental implants are the new rescue mission for failing teeth. They are non-removable, function like natural teeth, defying aging, stabilizing the jaw, and enhancing both chewing and digestion. The confidence dental implants provide are invaluable.

 

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw where a tooth or teeth have been lost.  This titanium implant will then be fixed to a bridge or denture.  Dental implants look and behave in a similar way to natural teeth.

 

What does the treatment involve?

The treatment is generally completed in two phases.

Phase 1

The implant is placed into the prepared bone under local anaesthesia or oral sedation to help make you more comfortable.

Phase 2

The crown, bridge or denture is custom made to fix over the implants after a healing period of 3-6 months.

 

Who is suitable for dental implants?

Dental implants are suitable for most adults who have a healthy dentition and free of gum disease.  Unfortunately, there are cases where implants would not be suitable.  There is a much higher risk of failure in heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, people with compromised immune systems, and people with bruxism (teeth grinding).

 

Alternatives to dental implants

Missing teeth can also be replaced with bridges or removable dentures.  The treatment options will be discussed in depth, with the pros and cons by your dentist.

 

Aftercare

It is important to understand that dental implants, natural teeth and appliances need to be maintained daily in a clean, hygienic manner.  As part of the ongoing maintenance programme, regular visits to your dentist would be required.

 

How painful are dental implants?

Most people who have implants say there was very little discomfort involved in the procedure.  Many say that the implants procedure involved less pain than a tooth extraction.

 

How safe are implants?

Implants are a well-established, safe, and tried and tested treatment.

 

How long do they last?

Implants are very much like natural teeth, and will last for as long as you care for them.

 

Benefits

Dental implants have many benefits:

  • They look and feel like natural teeth.
  • They provide the same functions such as eating and cleaning as natural teeth would.
  • Healthy teeth do not need to be filed down as would be done for bridges.
  • The implant maintains the structure and preservation of the bone structure.
  • Implants can give a denture a firm grip.