A Dental Implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root. They are a highly effective and potentially long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. A titanium post is placed in the jawbone and over time your own bone grows on the surface of the implant causing it to fuse with the body. The post can then be used as a foundation to support dental crowns, bridgework or to stabilise dentures.
As well as restoring your smile, dental implants have a number of major benefits including enhanced eating and speaking ability, prevention of shrinkage to the jaw bone after tooth removal and improved confidence.
During the initial consultation we will ascertain if you are a suitable candidate for implants. We will at this stage complete an examination of your mouth and will usually take photographs, x-rays and models of your teeth so these can be examined after your visit. These will be used to determine the ideal position for the implant, how many implants can be placed in the gap and the amount of bone that is available.
If you are suitable candidate for implants and decide to go ahead, the treatment will take place as follow:
First, the implant is placed in the jaw under local anaesthetic. Sedation is available to help with this stage however many patients are surprised at how comfortable the process can be with local anaesthetic only. The implant is then left to integrate with the bone, however in certain circumstances teeth can be placed at the same visit.
Once the implant is fused with the bone we can then make and attach the new crown, bridge, or denture to the implant. These can be permanently attached for crown and bridges, however there are attachments that can be used with dentures that allow removal for cleaning and maintenance.
Dentures are used to fill in larger gaps in the mouth that may not be suitable for bridges or implants.
Bridges are used to fill in unsightly gaps in your smile. They can also be used replace
A dental implant is effectively a titanium screw which is placed directly into your jawbone, replacing the missing root. Your body then fuses to the titanium over the subsequent months anchoring it in place. A false tooth, bridge or denture is then fitted to the top of the implant.
- Improved speech. Poor-fitting dentures can move around in your mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words.
- Implants avoid damage to your surrounding healthy teeth.
- Implants can prevent loss of bone in the area of the missing teeth
- Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
- Enhanced enjoyment of food. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Dental implants allow you eat, talk and laugh with confidence.
The success rate of implants in the upper jaw is approximately 90-95% and in the lower jaw 95-97%.
Some implants have lasted over thirty years. The average expectancy is based upon numerous variables, such as the patient’s health and proper maintenance.
No! Health is the determining factor. Many seventy- and eighty-year olds are a better surgical risk than someone years younger with poor general health. Older individuals are more likely to need implants because they have lost more teeth.
There is no way that we can guarantee that an implant will take. The success rate is very high however even if an implant is placed in perfect bone in a healthy patient and all advice is followed there is still a risk of failure.
Following placement of implants, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. Also on occasion some bruising may occur. Swelling tends to peak at day two or three after surgery then subsides. Mild painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol are usually sufficient.