Dental Implants

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

 

Dental Implants are a permanent

solution for tooth loss

 

Dental implants represent a common procedure of
permanently replacing missing teeth without
affecting neighboring teeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the help of dental implants, we can fully remedy toothlessness and thus strongly improve chewing and speaking abilities as well as restore a beautiful smile. Implants can also serve as carriers of a fixed dental bridge or denture.

WHAT OTHERS SAY...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dental implants are Titanium posts with specially activated surfaces. They are placed in your jawbone in a toothless area to function in a similar way to a natural tooth root. Your bone grows onto the implants in a process called Osseointegration. After a few months they will form a permanent part of your body.

Scientific evidence have shown a success rate of more than 90%. Most Dentists agree that implants are one of the most predictable forms of dental treatment and in most of the cases it is a life-long solution.  More than 500 000 people receive dental implants each year.

The quality and quantity of bone available are very important.  X-rays will be needed to determine the sufficient quality and quantity of the bone. Uncontrolled diabetes or Leukemia can affect the bone growing onto the implant and will need careful assessment.  Cigarette smoking can also influence the implant integration to bone negatively.
A small procedure will be necessary to place the implant/s either under general anaesthesia or in less difficult cases in the Dentist`s rooms. Implant treatment is a technical and complex form of dentistry. Not all Dentists wish, or are trained, to provide implant treatment in certain circumstances.  For this reason, we might refer you to a Specialist for part or all the Implant Treatment. Some patients do experience discomfort for one or two days after the procedure, usually related to the stitches. A prescription for sufficient painkillers is usually given to the patients.

The youngest female patients receiving implants are 21 years old. The youngest male patients must be 24 years old. The oldest patients were in their 90`s. The jawbone usually begins to shrink where there are missing teeth, which usually affects the fitting surfaces of denture wearers. The ridge which is important for holding the denture , gradually disappears, making the denture more and more problematic.

Dental implants restore normal loading of the bone and thereby hinder this further loss of bone.  The sooner you decide to have the implants placed, the less will be the permanent loss of bone and the easier it is for the dentist to achieve a good result.

An accurate estimate of cost can be obtained from your dentist or dental specialist. Most medical aids look favourably upon implant treatment as they know it is predictably successful and permanent. In addition to component costs, there will be professional fees and there might be hospitalisation and medicine costs.

There are considerable aesthetic benefits. But strength is another major plus with dental implants. The direct, rigid connection created between jawbone, implant and crown, makes this solution as strong as a natural tooth. It enables patients to eat apples, steak and other foods.

Dental implants are also proven to be long lasting – there are now cases of the current type of implant having been in place more than 40 years.

For a single tooth implant, the entire implant procedure may take as little as 20 minutes. However, if several teeth need replacing or bone grafting is needed, this will lengthen the surgery.

There are relatively few cases where dental implants cannot be used. It’s generally a safe and successful procedure.

Patients with certain medical conditions may have a higher risk of unsuccessful treatment with dental implants (see above criteria for dental implants)

Inadequate bone quality or quantity makes treatment more difficult, but not impossible. In such cases, bone grafting enables an implant to be used later.

It is vital that you discuss your medical history with your dentist and Implantologist before undergoing any procedure.

There are relatively few cases where dental implants cannot be used. It’s generally a safe and successful procedure.

Patients with certain medical conditions may have a higher risk of unsuccessful treatment with dental implants (see above criteria for dental implants)

Inadequate bone quality or quantity makes treatment more difficult, but not impossible. In such cases, bone grafting enables an implant to be used later.

It is vital that you discuss your medical history with your dentist and Implantologist before undergoing any procedure.

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Most Medical Aid providers look favourably upon implant treatment as they know it is predictably successful and permanent. In addition to component costs, there will be professional fees and there might be hospitalisation and medicine costs.