What are the benefits of having a dental implant?
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.
A single implant-borne tooth also enables the continuing health of neighbouring teeth, which again supports your natural appearance.
A complete denture with strong, natural-looking teeth lifts your self-confidence and allows you to indulge in the comfort of times past.
Whether fixed or removable, an implant-borne full denture is the best choice, providing a natural look and a high level of comfort. Conventional options quite often cause irritation, pressure sores and in many cases instability.
A life-long investment
Robert S., 55, Businessman
“False teeth at 55? Impossible for me to imagine. For a long time, I’d had a bridge in my upper jaw which was slowly falling apart because more and more teeth were coming loose. The dentist suggested a plate-free removable prosthesis which would be fixed to four implants.
The alternative was a full set of dentures with an upper dental plate. Once all my top teeth had been pulled out and I was wearing temporary dentures with an upper dental plate during the healing stage, all my worst fears came true: the plate made me feel constantly sick and I experienced painful pressure points. The adhesive cream stuck to the palate, but it didn’t really hold the denture in place. I only noticed how hot food actually was when it reached my throat and there was no longer any need to buy expensive wine – it didn’t taste of much.
Now it all feels like a brand new life: there are no pressure points, I finally enjoy eating out again – and my new teeth feel neat and attractive.
As a consequence, I am more comfortable and self-confident. I also remove my current implant-based dentures from my mouth – but only in order to clean my teeth properly. At first glance it’s a lot of money to splash out, but if I look after my new teeth they will last for a long time. Hopefully, they will turn out to be a life-long investment.“
Who can have a dental implant?
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.
How successful are Implants?
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.
What is the process of getting a Dental Implant?
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.
My daughter recommended Dr Rez to me after she had Fastbraces at his practice. I needed two implants, and I couldn’t be happier with the treatment and the result. All of the staff are so friendly and welcoming, and Rez explains everything so clearly but in a way that isn’t at all patronising. I was really apprehensive about having implants before I came here, but the whole process was actually quite enjoyable! Everybody in this practice goes above and beyond and really make you feel at ease.
The healing phase is between 6 and 12 weeks depending on the individual medical situation.
During this period the implant becomes securely attached to the jaw bone – a process called osseointegration.
Once healed, this artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges, or an entire dental prosthesis.
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