What are Dental Implants?
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.
Don`t let missing teeth limit your life…
If you are missing a natural tooth or multiple teeth, Implant dentistry can provide you with teeth that look and feel like your very own. Permanent replacement teeth can be yours without the embarrassment of loose dentures. An attractive smile is possible with the simple pleasures of unrestricted eating and the confidence to pursue an active social and business life.
Are implants safe?
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.
What are the criteria for Dental Implants?
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.
Is it painful?
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.
At what age can the treatment be done?
The youngest patients receiving implants are 18 years old, the oldest 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.
Is the treatment expensive?
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.
This significant investment to change your lifestyle must be appropriate to your aspirations and you should be prepared to make a wholehearted commitment to the treatment and maintenance routines.
For more information on dental implants, or to make an appointment, contact us on 012 653 4119 or make an appointment online.