Whether you have lost all your teeth, a few of them, or even just one tooth, dental implants should be considered as an option for your oral rehabilitation program.

To help you decide if the exciting benefits of implants are suitable for you, contact your dentist today. A consultation will clarify what type of treatment you require.

Eating and correct chewing is essential for a healthy body. It is also one of the greatest human pleasures. Thousands of people, both young and old, no longer have their own teeth. Some manage quite well with dentures, for others they are unsatisfactory.

If you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about gaps, missing teeth, dentures that are loose or unexpectedly drop down or you are unable to chew properly, yet you feel you deserve the best today’s modern restorative dentistry can provide, dental implants may be the solution.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Dental Implant ?
Q: What is the procedure?
Q: Why dental implants?
Q: What are the advantages of the implant treatment?
Q: How long does it take?
Q: What mouth conditions require dental Implant?
Q: Who should not have Dental Implants?
Q: Who should have Dental Implants?
Q: What is the success rate?
Q: What happens if an implant fails?
Q: Why is implant treatment expensive?
 
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Q: What is Dental Implant?
A: Dental Implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth. The implants themselves are designed to be similar to tooth roots. They are anchored in the jaw bone and replacement teeth are permanently secured upon them.
 
Q: What is the procedure?
A: this can be done in the chair with local anaesthetic or you have to go into the hospital under general anaesthetic.
 
The Implant Placement Procedure
The Two-Stage Procedure
First Stage - Surgical placement (can be done with a local anesthetic)
Second Stage - Uncovering of the implant
Step 1 : The implant is screwed or tapped into a surgically prepared site. The gum tissue is closed over the implant.

Step 2 : The implant remains under the gum for 3 to 6 months. The patient continues to wear their denture during this period.

Step 3 : (3 to 6 months later) - The implant is exposed by removing a small amount of gum tissue. An insert can be screwed or cemented down into the implant.

Step 4 : The secured insert can accommodate various attachments upon which overdentures, bars, crowns, or bridges may attach.
 
The One - Stage Procedure
In step 2, the implant, which is placed, has an additional component which protrudes through the gum tissue. This extension of the implant then does not become covered over during the healing phase. Step 3 (above) is therefore not needed. Step 4 is readily achieved (3-6 months later) by unscrewing the additional component which was placed at the surgery and replacing it with the type of insert that is needed for your case.

Firstly, the titanium implant is placed in the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. The implant will remain covered under the gum for 3-6 months and during this time the implant will become integrated with bone, forming a very strong bond. This process is known as osseointegration.

Once osseointegration has taken place, the ends of the implants are uncovered and connections are attached so that replacement teeth can be put in place.

Since implanted teeth are fixed in the mouth like natural teeth rather than being removable like dentures, they allow the patient to return to the functions associated with natural teeth.
 
Q: Why dental implants?
A: A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth your dentist can give you. They feel much more natural and secure than traditional removable dentures, especially if these are loose fitting because of extensive bone loss. If several adjacent teeth are missing, a fixed bridge may be attached to dental implants as an alternative to a removable partial denture plate. Dental implants allow for the replacement of a missing tooth without modifying adjacent teeth. Your dentist will be happy to discuss alternatives for restoring your dental function with you.
 
Q: What are the advantages of the implant treatment?
A: The adjacent teeth are not damaged or cut in any way. It helps to prevent bone loss. Implants are also used to stabilise loose dentures or even replace them with fixed bridges.
 
Q: How long does it take?
A: It depends on the type of bone, and where the implant is placed into your jaw. It can range from a few months to over 9 months. Generally, implants in the front lower jaw need around 4 months; the back upper jaw needs around 9 months and elsewhere in the mouth around 6 months. These times may need to be lengthened if bone needs to be grown or grafting has taken place.
 
Q: What mouth conditions require dental Implant?
A: If you are missing a tooth or teeth, or even parts of your jaw, these could be replaced with dental Implants. Implants work best when there is enough dense, healthy jawbone in a mouth that will support an implant.

Healthy, disease-free gum tissues are also necessary. The long term success of a dental Implant depends upon keeping the gums and bone around the Implant healthy. People who have Implants must keep them clean and should return regularly to their dentist for checkups, because any problems that might threaten the health of the implant must be corrected.
 
Q: Who should not have Dental Implants?
A: If you have any of the following conditions, dental Implant therapy may not be for you.
Crippling or uncontrolled disease
Pregnancy
Psychiatric or emotional treatmen
Poor motivation to accept and follow needed treatment
Lack of muscular coordination to manage oral hygiene procedures.
 
Q: Who should have Dental Implants ?
A :
Are you missing all natural teeth in one or both jaws?
Are you missing one or more teeth in a jaw?
Are you having difficulty wearing a regular removable denture because you gag, find the denture is too bulky, feel pain, or generally dislike something movable in the mouth?
Do you have an oral defect or missing mouth part because of an injury, surgery to treat disease, or birth defect?
 
Q: What is the success rate?
A: he success rate depends on where in the jaw the implants are placed. The lower jaw has a very good chance of success (98%). The further back in the mouth you go, the lesser the prognosis, but this is generally over 90%. If you smoke, the chances of success drop by at least 10%.
 
Q: What happens if an implant fails?
A: This means the implant has not attached or integrated to the bone. It usually fails at the second stage surgery. The failed implant is unscrewed, the bone left to heal for a while and a new implant placed. Other options such dentures or bridges are also available.
 
Q: Why is implant treatment expensive?
A: Because it is a complex process requiring expensive precision components and instruments
 
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