Dental implants offer permanent and fixed solutions to missing teeth. They are a very predictable treatment with over thirty six years of clinical use during which time many millions of implants have been placed and implant systems have matured.
Small titanium roots are placed into the bone surgically. Following typically three months of healing, the implant becomes integrated (fused) with the bone. The implants can now be used to secure new predictable and functional teeth.
Depending upon the number of implants provided, they may be used to replace one or many missing teeth or even provide a rigid anchor for dentures.
Dental implants are now considered the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth as in addition to being permanent, they are easy to clean and offer the highest patient satisfaction.
Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may be a candidate for dental implants.
Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant(s) along with healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants.
Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. We will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history.
Just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort and minor swelling usually lasting 9 days (until you are back to absolute normal). If your treatment requires bone additions, then you can expect your reaction to be more noticeable, but healing time the same.
Local anaesthesia is used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that after treatment, there is very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated.
We can prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. You may like to read our testimonials to help allay any fears you may have.
The complete Implant reconstruction process may take from 3 to 6 months and in some cases longer. During this time, you will not be without teeth! The actual surgery can vary from 15 minutes to a few hours depending on the complexity of the case.
Implants require bone volume: height and width. Where these are inadequate, it may be possible to augment the spaces, helping the body regenerate the necessary supporting tissues.
Implants are made from a titanium alloy which is 97% compatible with human tissue. It is used throughout medicine for pins, plates and joints.