About Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. A titanium screw is permanently fixed into the gum, and a crown, bridge or denture is then fixed onto it.
They have a number of advantages, they are firmly held in place and single-tooth implants do not interfere with surrounding teeth (unlike a bridge). They look and feel like natural teeth and they are very long-lasting.
What types of implants are available?
- Single tooth implants
- Implant supported bridges
- Implant supported dentures
Without implants you could be losing bone?
A missing tooth will not only cause a gap in your smile but will also mean you are losing bone. Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to shrink.
Since your facial bone supports your skin and muscles on top of it, losing bone volume can cause your face to look prematurely aged. Dental implants offer a solution to stop bone loss.
What are the advantages of implants?
Because dental implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw, the jaw is stimulated and will not lose bone. Conventional treatment options like bridges and dentures do not offer this benefit.
Unlike crown and bridge techniques, dental implants don't require the grinding down of healthy teeth for abutments. Implants restore the ability to chew properly, allowing you a complete and healthy diet. Well-maintained implants are long-lasting and secure, allowing you confidence in your teeth once more.
How much do implants cost?
Because of the complexity in creating and fitting dental implants - costs need to be calculated on an individual basis. Please come in and see us for a personal consultation.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
In some cases the structures of the mouth may prevent the use of an implant. However if you are healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions, then you will more than likely be suitable for dental implants.
People who have uncontrolled diabetes, haemophilia, leukaemia, other blood related diseases or are on steroid therapy are not suitable for implants. Please come in for a consultation for further advice.
Will it be painful?
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation, so no pain is felt. There is a little discomfort immediately after surgery, which is to be expected. This can be treated with a mild painkiller and a soft diet can be eaten almost immediately.