Dental implants have become the first class method for replacing missing teeth.
Dental implants also offer the solution to patients with unstable complete dentures.
Missing teeth can be replaced by implanting an artificial root form fixtures which intergrate into the jaw bone. Implants function the same as natural teeth and help preserve the jaw structure by preventing bone loss. Chewing function can be significatnly improved with the use of implant dentistry.
The treatment can be carried out for one or more teeth and care is taken to ensure that the new artificial teeth are of the same color and shape as your natural teeth. The whole procedure is carried out under anaesthesia, minimising any pain and discomfort. Titanium implants overtime fuse with bone, a process known as osseointegration. The entire process could take three (for the lower) to six (for the upper) months.
ADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
* Tooth structure is preserved because there is no need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework.
* Long-term studies on implants conclude that restorations on implants last for a longer time than conventional restorations on teeth.
* Implant overdentures improve biting, chewing efficiency and speaking due to improved support, stability and retention in comparison to loose fitting dentures.
* Implants preserve the adjacent bone on edentulous patients who loose faster bone when they use conventional full dentures.
DISADVANTAGES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
* Dental implants require a greater financial investment than other alternatives. Also they take several visits over a period of several months to complete. In some cases, the time frame for treatment can be considerably shortened with the final teeth delivered in only a few weeks or days.
* As in any surgical procedure, dental implants involve a small risk of infection.
* Successful integration of dental implants cannot be guaranteed but most studies show 95% or more success rate.
*Mechanical fracture of fixtures, bridges, abutment screws or loosening of screws can occur. These problems have been reported in less than 5% of the patients. Porcelain fracture of crown and bridgework on implants is much more prevalent than on natural teeth due to the fact that implants have no mobility.
*Dental implants are not for everyone. The ideal candidate should have good general and oral health and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants.
After a thorough and careful examination our team will discuss with you about dental implant options, the benefits, risks and possible alternative treatments.
Missing teeth cannot only affect your self confidence but also your oral and general health due to the decreased chewing efficiency.
Implants are a relatively quick and permanent way of restoring your smile, masticatory function and oral health.