An Implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone to replace the missing tooth root, usually under local anaesthetic.
Titanium is used as it is generally very compatible with the human body and bone bonds well to it, giving it a stable and long-term structure on to which the replacement tooth is fixed.
Once healed (4-8 weeks), the artifificial root acts as a base for fixing a crown or denture giving a secure, functional, highly aesthetic and long-term result.
What are the benefits to choosing dental implants?
Dental Implants offer a number of significant advantages over other treatments such as dentures and bridges:
Maintain facial structure
If you have missing teeth, the jaw bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants are the only missing teeth solution that prevents deterioration of the jaw bone so your face retains its natural shape.
Implants transmit chewing forces through the jaw bone to help preserve it and stop any changes to your profile.
Maintain the health of your natural teeth and gums
Leaving a gap in your teeth can lead to a number of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease due to food being able to pack up in the space left between your other teeth. Having mssing teeth also affects your remaining teeth as the opposing tooth erupts into the space and affects your bite leading to extra load on the tooth causing
Some other tooth replacement solutions require damaging or cutting down of the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. Dental Implants do not cause any damage to your remaining teeth.
Stability and comfort
Dental implants with a crown act like natural teeth, you can even eat hard food that you have to bite into without worry.
Dental Implants can also be used to secure dentures where the patient has a lot of missing teeth. The implants secure your denture in place so it does not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.
Dental Implants give an extremely natural appearance. This, along with not having to worry about what you eat in public means that nobody would even know that you have had to replace missing teet
What is involved in the implant procedure?
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from 4 to 9 months. The typical process will include careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, which will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The implantologist will place the dental implant while you are under local anaesthetic or anaesthesia with sedation. You will feel discomfort and possible swelling immediately after the treatment but this will subside by the very next day.
You will be given a temporary denture for aesthetic purposes so you are not left with exposed implants and over the next few months, you will come in for regular reviews with the Implantologist to make sure the healing process is going well.
Once the Implantologist is happy that you have properly healed you will then be ready for either a crown or denture to be fixed onto the implant(s).
Implants should be cared for and treated like natural teeth. As long as you follow a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and checkups, your implants will last a lifetime.
Dental Implant options
At Smart Dental Care, we use two Implant brands; Straumann and Megagen. Each has it’s own benefits and considerations and can be used for the following treatment.
Implant in Jaw with Abutment & Crown
The implant is placed and given time to heal and bond with your jaw bone before the Crown is placed to complete the treatment. During the period of healing, you may be given a temporary denture to cover the gap depending on where in your mouth it is
Unit Bridge on Two Implants
Multiple implants are placed for an implant-borne Bridge. Unlike a standard Bridge, natural teeth either side are not damaged and the implants transfer chewing and biting forces to the jaw bone, preventing bone loss and therefore maintain your facial structure.
Denture Retained Implant
Fixed or removable Implant-borne Dentures can be used to replace a full upper or lower set of teeth. Having Implant-borne Dentures as opposed to standard Dentures ensures complete stability and comfort, without any movement or rubbing, when eating, smiling and talking.