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Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Consider dental implants to be a permanent root replacement for a lost tooth. Implants are typically made from titanium, which is a material that offers a number of benefits including its inability to resist corrosion.

The tooth implant will need to be surgically placed into the jaw. Once it is in place, it will serve as a replacement root for a prosthetic tooth, or crown. Once the titanium implant, or artificial root, has been surgically place into the gum, it will start to fuse to the bone that is in your jaw.

  • This can take up to two months. The bone in our jaws is constantly healing itself and constantly growing. This allows it to fuse to the artificial root until the implant has been fully integrated.
  • Once the implant has successfully fused to the bone, you will be ready to be fitted with the permanent crown, or prosthetic.

Dental Implants

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Patients who have lost one or more teeth will be good candidates to get dental implants. The timeline for your dental implant procedure will depend largely on how long it has been since the natural tooth was lost. This is because there may be some bone regression in the jaw that needs to be addressed.

Keep in mind that bone regression will not automatically disqualify a patient from being a good candidate for an implant. It does mean that a bone graft may be necessary before you can proceed with getting your implant. The bone graft will ensure that there is sufficient bone for the implant to fuse securely to.

Dental Implant Treatment Process

Prior to the procedure, your dentist will perform a series of examinations and X-rays. This will help to determine the correct positioning for the surgical implantation of the artificial root.

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Your dentist will ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort during the implant procedure by using a local numbing agent. Once completely numb, and comfortable, the periodontist will begin the process of surgically implanting the titanium root.

For aesthetic reasons a temporary crown may be placed over the implant until you are ready to return to be fitted for your permanent crown.

The titanium implant will take several months to fuse to the bone in the jaw. Once this has been done successfully, the dentist will make an impression to ensure that you get the right fit with your permanent crown or implant supported dentures or bridge. Once they have been milled, they will be fitted.

    What are the advantages of getting implants?

    There are several benefits to getting dental implants. An implant will look, feel and function just like a natural tooth would. This will help to keep you smiling and talking just like you used to.

    A tooth implant will help to ensure that there is no continued loss of bone or structure to the face. Those who are missing several teeth on the same side may experience some facial drooping.

    Implants are useful for helping to avoid shifting as the healthy remaining teeth try to take over the gap left behind. Avoiding shifting can help to stave off the damage and decay that is often seen when teeth do shift and rub up against each other.

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    Implants can also help to restore confidence in those who have for too long lived with gaps in their smile.

    Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace loss or missing teeth. With proper care they can last a lifetime.

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    Are you missing one or more teeth? Restore your smile with dental implants. Implants offer a permanent and natural-looking solution for missing teeth. Book your appointment online or call 021 489 4400 to learn more.

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