In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated first.
The great thing about implants is that with proper care they can last a lifetime. Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed.
In general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.
Regular check ups will allow us to identify any problems before they arise.
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualised treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.
Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture. We will match the colour of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
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Dental Implants bring back the benefits and sense of security that come with having strong healthy teeth. You can bite with confidence into that apple, chat away freely and laugh again with ease.
Feel confident and carefree once again while interacting with people – whether it’s a business discussion, chatting freely with friends and family, or simply enjoying the pleasure of a kiss.
A natural-looking implant-borne full denture not only gives you back a confident smile, it also transfers the chewing power back to the jaw bone. This is vital for healthy bone stimulation and maintains the shape of your face.
Find out how a Dental Implant is placed, and how Implants can restore your natural smile.