Dental implants are titanium screws which are placed into the jaw bone. They form the foundation to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are a well established tried and tested treatment option. With regular care and maintenance they can last a lifetime. Treatment time varies with the individual and a personal timetable of treatment is worked out very carefully before treatment starts.
If you need to replace a missing or failing tooth, remember that a dental implant has many benefits over the alternative options such as a bridge or a denture.
Unlike having an extraction, the placement of a dental implant is a quick and relatively painless procedure. There is usually less bleeding, discomfort and a shorter recovery
Should you need to have an extraction, do remember to ask us whether we might be able to perform the extraction and place the implant on the same very day! Sometimes it is possible for us to build a crown on the newly placed implant immediately. This is called 'same day teeth'. Should this not be possible for you, your implant surgeon will advise you and give you options of a temporary bridge during the healing phase of the implant. The healing phase for dental implants is usually in the range of 120 days for the upper jaw and about 6 months for the lower jaw.
In certain cases, it is possible to place implants without even cutting the gums ! Such implants have to be placed with great precision.
Two or more teeth can be replaced either by single implants or by joining 2 more implants together. Should you need full mouth implants, remember that your implant surgeon can plan to use 6-9 implants joined together so that you can have a cost effective solution for both optimal function and optimal aesthetics!
On occasions, additional surgical procedures eg: bone grafts or sinus lift might be needed. Should this be necessary, your implant surgeon will advise you as to the risks, benefits involved.
If you have regular reviews with the dentist and have good oral hygiene, your dental implant will last you a lifetime. Remember that the dental implant will feel just like one of your own teeth.
Good news for denture wearers !
You can now use dental implants to secure your dentures firmly without the need for sticky adhesives ! No more embarrassing moments where your denture falls down and certainly you will be able to enjoy the food that you eat without concerns of a denture that 'rocks' in your mouth.
Your options are to have either 2 conventional implants or 4 Mini Implants. Your implant surgeon will discuss both options and advise you on which option is best with regards to the level of bone in your mouth.
On the day of implant placement, expect only 10 to 15 minutes time for the actual implant surgery treatment for each jaw. Following this, we will need 45 minutes to modify your denture to fit your new implants
** Please do note that in some instances, your implant surgeon may recommend that you do not use your denture immediately. This is usually to allow some time for initial bony healing to take place.