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.
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Your Implant Journey With Us
At your first visit we sit down and discuss what your main issues are and discuss possible solutions for these issues. If Implants are the best option for you we will carry out an assessment to make sure you are a suitable candidate.
Once we have our scan we can then digitally plan your case. This state of the art technology allows us to actually carry out the implant placement virtually so we know the best location for your dental implants.
Once the plan is agreed we book you in for placement of your dental implants. The length of these appointments varies with the complexity of your case but we will make sure you know all have all the appropriate information before your appointment so that you can be adequately prepared. We have in house sedation, alfa-stim or use of the wand if you are anxious about any aspects of your treatment.
About 10-14 days following your implant placement we ask you to call back in to make sure everything is healing nicely and that you are not having any issues. Some post-operative discomfort and swelling is likely after placement of your implants but these symptoms can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications and ice.
Implant take between 2-3 months to start to fuse to your bone. During this time we can provide you with a temporary solution for your space. The process of your bone fusing to the implant is called osteointegration. During this initial period we try and keep forces on your implant to a minimum.
After the healing period is complete we will invite you back to the practice to make sure the implant has taken. Success for implants is generally greater than 95% however on rare occasions the integration to the bond may not be successful. Once we can confirm the implant has fused sufficiently we will take scans or impressions of your teeth to get your new tooth, bridge or denture constructed. The manufacture period of your restoration is variable however most will be back and ready to be fitted within 2 weeks.
After you implant is fitted it is essential that you keep on top of your dental health and hygiene. Your implant dentist will like to see you initially every 6 months for the first year and then annually afterwards to make sure the implant is still functioning as intended. It is also recommended that you see the dental hygienist on a regular basis to make sure you oral hygiene is as good as possible.
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.