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Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth without the need of grinding the neighbouring teeth. This is the best option, especially if teeth adjacent to a space to not require extensive restorations. They are also a permanently fixed option in situations where a bridge is not possible, like when there are no teeth behind the space.

Dental implants are small titanium screws/posts which are placed into your jaw bone. Your bone will actually grow into the implant. After the implant is solidly integrated into the bone we will then place a crown or bridge on the implant(s) as the situation requires. This is a great long term option for tooth replacement. You won’t have to worry about movement when you are eating or talking.

What is a dental implant?
A replacement tooth root made of titanium. This small titanium screw like implant is well tolerated by the body, the bone grows into it and it becomes a permanent part of your jaw.

Placement involves a short, painless in-office procedure that provides a long-term solution for missing a missing tooth/teeth. Most patients require only local anesthetic similar to what you would have for a filling. The individual situation will dictate whether or not a permanent restoration can be placed the same day or if a temporary is required. This will be discussed with you during the treatment planning stage.

Advantages
Implant-borne teeth:

  • are the most natural solution for missing teeth, both esthetically and functionally.
  •  fit harmoniously into the dental arch.
  •  can not be distinguished from real teeth in function and appearance in daily life.
  • provide a stable foundation for a fixed or removable denture. They spare patients the disadvantages of conventional prostheses such as pressure points and poor fit
  • when an implant denture is required, the palate is not covered by plastic denture material as it is in a traditional denture, which has a positive effect on speech and the sense of taste.
  •  makes it unnecessary to grind/reduce the neighbouring teeth.
  • the titanium root acts like a normal root and prevents the bone from breaking down (atrophy) so premature facial collapse is less likely.

Area of use
When can dental implants be used?

  • when disease leads to tooth loss.
  •  when an accident leaves a tooth gap.
  • when teeth have been missing since birth.

Requirements/ Who are dental implants suitable for?
All age groups can benefit from implants – the young athlete who lost a tooth in a sport injury, the teen who was congenitally missing(born without) some of their teeth, the individual who lost one or more teeth to decay or accident, the person who has an ill-fitting denture and wants a better, fixed solution.

Dental implants can be used as soon as jaw growth is complete. Apart from this restriction, implants can be the optimal solution for all age groups.

The basic requirements for successful implantation are a good general state of health, good oral hygiene and adequate bone quality and volume. If the bone volume is not sufficient for placing an implant, there are various ways of building up the bone again to prepare it for successful implantation.

Detailed discussion, diagnostic investigations and planning are crucially important. Each case is different and our dentists will ensure you understand the particulars as they relate to you and your options.

Safety
Dental implants were developed in the 1960's, and have become almost routine in modern dental practice. The use of implants has been investigated in over 10,000 scientific studies. There are long-term studies observing implant solutions for over 15 years, which clearly confirm the high success rate of over 96%.

Just like natural teeth, teeth on implants also require regular check-ups and conscientious oral hygiene. Appropriate care, together with careful treatment planning and correct insertion of the implant, is one of the most important requirements for long-term success.

Costs
Implant costs are as individual as the solutions. The treatment and the associated costs depend on different factors and are very variable.

The costs consist of:

  •  the number of implants to be inserted
  •  the type of restoration chosen
  •  the necessary dental laboratory work
  • building up the bone (only needed in special cases)

During the examination/assessment phase we will prepare a written plan and estimate that  will give information about the costs of the surgery (insertion of the implants, building up the bone if required), the laboratory (production of the new teeth made by the dental lab ) and placing the prosthetics (fitting the teeth).