Dental Implants FAQ –

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium screw, which is placed into the jawbone. It effectively replaced the root of a tooth. It is used to retain a crown or bridge.

Are implants safe? How long will they last?

Implants are a well-established, clinically proven treatment option. 95 per cent of modern implants last for at least 15 years. Recent studies are showing even longer lasting results of this type of prostheses.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

Successful implant treatment is based on the amount of bone remaining at the site, the health of the bone and also the general state of health of the individual. For example, if the patient's health is compromised from chemotherapy or uncontrolled diabetes healing following implant placement maybe affected negatively.

How long does treatment take?

Usually an implant can be placed 8 weeks following extraction, provided adequate bone healing has occurred. We will have to wait a further 4-6 weeks (integration) before we can take impressions for the restoration (crown, bridge etc). In total 14-16 weeks from the tooth being taken out.

How soon can I have the new teeth?

The implants need to become fixed (integrate) with the bone after it have been put in. this can take between 4 - 10 weeks.

Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the artificial teeth to be attached much sooner than this.

If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then these can be worn throughout the healing period once they have been modified after the surgery.

Are the teeth difficult to clean?

Cleaning should be no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth.

Do the implants show?

In most cases you will not see the implant. Only the crown will be visible.

Is the treatment expensive?

Implant treatment does cost more than other dental procedures. But it is an option that rarely has to be repeated or replaced. It preserves bone and allows proprioception (the ability to feel bite pressure). It is very strong and incapable of decay.

 
     
 

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