A dental implant is a tiny post made of titanium that acts as a replacement for the tooth’s root. These are placed into the bone using specialised instruments and are capable of bearing the loads of chewing and eating like a natural tooth/teeth. An abutment is a connection that is attached to the top of the dental implant which receives a specifically manufactured crown, bridge or prosthesis that replaces the upper portion of the tooth to precisely match your original teeth.
An implant once placed will merge with your jawbone, forming a solid basis for a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge or prosthesis. An implant not only fuses with your bone like a root, but it also promotes and protects the integrity of your bones. A Dental implant can be used to replace a single tooth while multiple implants can support a bridge or even fasten dentures to replace several lost teeth. Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. For this reason, and because of its numerous advantages, dental implants are often regarded as the best option for permanently replacing lost teeth.
At SMILE DENTAL CLINIC, we specialise in all types of implant surgeries and have been using dental implants for over 12 years. We use only the best quality materials and state of the art instruments that help us perform precise and completely painless procedures.
ANSWER: Dental implants are a well-proven and safe procedure. Implants, like natural teeth, are likely to endure as long as you take care of them. The most important factor in determining how long your implants will survive is how well you care for them and whether you attend your scheduled maintenance visits. If you don’t take care of your implants, they’ll acquire a covering similar to what happens when natural teeth are ignored. This can lead to gum infection, bleeding, inflammation, and overall discomfort if left untreated. All of these issues are possible with natural teeth. You may expect your implants to survive for many years if they are carefully cared for and the bone they are matched on is robust and healthy. However, like with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there isn’t always a life-time guarantee.
ANSWER: Of course. Implants can be used to replace any number of teeth, from a single tooth to a full set. It is dependent on the state of your jaw bone. We will arrange for a series of diagnostic tests to determine how much bone is still present. It may not be feasible to install implants without first grafting bone into the region if there isn’t enough or it isn’t healthy enough. We will discuss this during the consultation in detail.
ANSWER: Placing an implant is frequently less painful than extracting a tooth, and it may usually be done with only a local anaesthetic. You will not experience any pain during the procedure, but you may have some discomfort in the week after the procedure, much as you would after an extraction.
ANSWER: Before the treatment begins, we will be able to provide you a general schedule. Some temporary teeth (known as “temporary prosthesis”) can be inserted at the same time as the implants. Consult us to check whether they are appropriate for you. The final teeth are usually fitted three to four months after the implants are placed. Treatment may take longer in some cases, and we will be able to discuss this with you during the course of our consultation.
ANSWER: You will be given more details about the treatment and follow up during our face to face consultation.
ANSWER: The bone in your jaw must grow onto and fuse to your implants once they have been put. It normally takes a few months for this to happen. When the implants are implanted, they may be stable enough that the prosthetic teeth can be fitted sooner. In the meanwhile, you may be given a temporary tooth, denture or bridge if you are having one, two, or three teeth replaced. In most cases, you can remain wearing your complete dentures while your implants heal if you already have them.
ANSWER: No, however if you want a long-lasting, effective implant, you must follow the instructions of the dental expert carefully. we will offer you specific instructions on how to care for your implants. Cleaning around the implants’ teeth is no more difficult than cleaning around normal teeth. However, there may be difficult-to-reach locations that you’ll be shown how to clean.
ANSWER: Most implant-supported teeth can only be fitted and removed by us. However you may be able to remove your removable dentures for cleaning if they are fastened to the implants.
ANSWER: Dental implants are submerged in the bone like natural tooth roots. Once the implant receives a crown or a suitable prosthesis, the dental implants will start to resemble natural teeth.
ANSWER: If you only have one missing tooth, you’ll need an implant to hold a replacement crown in place. If you have a lot of missing teeth that are close together, we may fix more than one implant. We will discuss the best course of action with you during our consultation.