A dental implant is a screw like anchor that is used as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. Made of materials that are compatible with the human body, such as titanium, implants have been used for decades in upper and lower jaws. By attaching to the jawbone and gum tissue, they provide a stable base for artificial replacement teeth, such as dental crowns, bridges and dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support partial or full dentures. Implants and crowns remain inside the mouth and do not require any adhesives to hold them in place.
Your teeth play an important part in your daily life. It not only helps you to chew and eat your food, but frames your face. Any missing tooth can have a major impact on your quality of life. It can also affect your dental and oral health over the long-term.
- INABILITY TO CHEW
- LOSS OF BONE
- LOOK MORE AGED
- IMPAIRMENT OF SPEECH
- HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
- Dental implants have a very high success rate 90-95% in healthy adults.
- Mimic the feel, form and function of your missing tooth better than any other restorative treatment to date.
- Are suitable for cases of single, multiple and even total tooth loss.
- Provide seamless and aesthetically pleasing long term results 20-30 years in most cases.
- Conservative :To place a bridge, the teeth on either side have to be ground down and crowns placed. This is avoided with Dental Implants. Since your healthy teeth are left untouched, this can have a significant long-term benefit for your oral health.
- Durability : Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implant last a lifetime.
- Improved comfort : This will act and feel like your own tooth. Unlike dentures, it won’t shift or come out. You will be able to speak and eat with confidence and comfort. Say goodbye to misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
- Improved appearance : Dental implant look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech : With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implant allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
- Easier eating : Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem : Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health : Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
At your initial consultation our elite dentists will assess the condition of your gums, any remaining teeth and the amount of underlying jawbone to determine whether we can continue to the next stage of treatment. If any gum disease or tooth decay is present, these will first need to be eliminated before surgery can commence.
If your mouth is free of dental disease and you have been found a suitable candidate, we can move on to creating your treatment plan. This will outline the treatment in more detail so you can understand what to expect.
Placing the dental implant requires dental surgery, and as with any other surgical procedure it involves risks and possible complications. These will be discussed with you in depth before your surgery. If you are fully informed and choose to continue, we will set up a surgical appointment so you can undergo implant surgery.
Rigorous dental hygiene practices consisting of both at-home care as well as visits to your dental clinic are mandatory for optimal oral health. Both your natural teeth as well as implants need to be treated in the same way. Of course regular brushing and flossing are great ways to keep your implants clean and plaque-free.
Post-treatment, the best care plan will be drawn up for you by your periodontist to follow with your help. Remember you follow-up with visits that will help you observe your implant, teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy.