This popular treatment is used to restore spaces left by missing teeth in the mouth.
Although there are a great many types of Dental Implant systems now available, they are all essentially similar in their purpose differing only in their applicability. Dental Implants are composed of titanium rods that are surgically placed in the bone of the jaw to replace a lost tooth.
These implants can either be placed in a jaw where the tooth has been lost for sometime; or several months after a tooth has been extracted; or immediately following a tooth extraction.
Dental Implants can be used to support and stabilise:
- A crown – this is often made of porcelain and is the part that looks like tooth and is attached to the implant in the jaw. This is a great solution for missing single teeth.
- A bridge – this is like having fixed teeth whereby two or more implants hold several teeth in between.
- Or a denture – this is removable but is also secure in the mouth since attached to the dental implants.
Dental Implants help with:
Implants help to increase confidence to eat and chew food properly without being uncomfortable. Patients often make the transition from dentures to Implants due to the difficulty they have experienced with unstable dentures that move. This is because dentures use the gums, teeth and facial muscles to keep them in place. Although at first dentures are quite good and facilitate healing, they can gradually over time become unpredictable and unstable. Implants provide a unique functionality that is similar to teeth, using the jawbone to obtain support and stability.
In other situations implants can replace lost single teeth so as not to overburden the neighboring teeth to the gap. When teeth are lost, if the remaining space is not immediately restored, the remaining teeth will have to take on the additional pressure from chewing. This can cause tooth wear as well as other abnormalities like twisting and tilting of the neighbouring teeth into the space. This can cause issues like difficulty cleaning and gum disease.
- Renewed Smile.
Dental Implants can give you back your smile. This is especially true when you have lost teeth at the front of your mouth. Great results are now achievable for teeth that have been lost in your smile; together with a customized smile design this becomes a fantastic option to improve and enhance your smile.
- Facial Support. You can restore any lost support for your facial form. When you have lost teeth for some time the bone that used to support the tooth and the facial form is often lost and this ends up giving you an aged appearance. Dental implants can be used to restore that balance in your facial symmetry.
Treatment Planning for Dental Implants
Since there are so many types of implants now available, it is important that we assess your mouth in depth for suitability. We will also need to make sure that you are medically suitable and that there are no contraindications to treatment. Our diagnosis is reflected in our treatment plans that are uniquely catered for the individual and customized depending on the needs and requirements of the patient.
You will need a detailed examination (together with various diagnostics like radiographs) to determine the appropriate levels, quality and quantity of bone that will be required for implants. In some instances you may need bone or gum grafts to facilitate the correct position of the dental implant.
If you have missing teeth we can help you to find an appropriate way forward.