Replace Lost Teeth Without Dentures or Bridges!
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of people suffer tooth loss, mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures, but today, dental implants are available.
Nowhere else will you find a more personal, ethical service regarding implants. Dr Visser is a knowledgeable, skilled implant dentist, who always has the patient’s best interests at heart. While he gives every patient the best possible solution, the treatment plan will be tailor-made in coherence with the patient taking into account the patient’s expectations and circumstances.
What is involved in getting a dental implant
1. Dr Visser will see you for your initial implant consultation to establish how suitable you are to receive dental implant treatment. Some patients aren’t suitable because of reduced bone density, depth and width, or due to the sinus cavity being too low. These problems can usually be overcome with the use of range remedial treatments.
2. Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.
3. Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). Your new tooth or teeth are based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.
Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.
Your dentist also will match the colour of your new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, and because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
- Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
- Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
- Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
How successful are dental implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Can anyone get dental implants?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiotherapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are suitable for you.
How painful are dental implants
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anaesthetic will be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
After the dental implant, mild pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as paracetamol.
How do I care for dental implants
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.