Dental implants are artificial teeth that are placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
With attentive patient maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are completely secure and will allow you to speak and eat again with comfort and confidence.
Please note: as individual patients are unique, the overall results will be the varied in every case.
Does the implant treatment hurt?
As the implants are placed under local anaesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the surgery. The treated area may be swollen for a few days afterwards, which could be slightly painful. In most cases, an ordinary painkiller is all you may need.
Will implants affect my speech?
A few people can have initial problems speaking clearly after receiving an implant-supported bridge or denture. Usually, this adjustment phase lasts only a few days before normal speaking returns. However, this occurs much less frequently than with a conventional bridge or denture.
Can I eat whatever I like?
There is no difference between natural and implant supported teeth in what you can eat. If you have experienced problems before with full mouth dentures, you will be pleasantly surprised at the positive change that has taken place after you have done the implant procedure.
How long will my new teeth last?
With proper care and cleaning and regular dental visits, your implants can last a lifetime.
How long does the treatment last?More than one implant can be placed in one session. The surgery in itself can last between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of implants and if there is a need for a bone graft. Healing will take between 2 and 6 months depending on the quality of the bone. Follow-up visits will be required during the healing period, usually every 6 weeks.
How do I take care of my new teeth?
Just like with your own teeth, thorough daily brushing and flossing is essential to ensuring a long-lasting result. Your dentist or dental hygienist will show you the proper way to take care of your new teeth.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are always a better solution to having missing teeth. In some cases, without the natural tooth in place, your face can shrink in and make you look older than you really are. Implants can also preserve natural bone. Dental implants are stable and comfortable. There are no loose parts or adjustments needed after they are in place and they are usually there for life. With your new permanent teeth, you will be able to eat what you like, maintain your active lifestyle, and feel confident to smile and laugh again.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more of your teeth due to injury, disease, or decay you may be a candidate for dental implants. Patients should be in good overall health as adequate bone and gums are required to support the implants. Dental implants can be used to:
- Replace a single tooth — when one implant and a crown will replace both the lost tooth and root
- Replace several teeth– where implant-supported bridges or full bridges can be used to replace both lost teeth and the necessary roots
How successful are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of 95% and can last a life-time with proper care. If you treat them like regular teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene programme with regular brushing, flossing and professional cleaning every 6 months you will always be smiling.
Can I keep my other teeth?
Yes, of course! You don’t have to sacrifice healthy teeth to restore missing ones. Unlike conventional bridges or partial dentures, no adjacent teeth are affected or needed for support.
Do I have to stop smoking when I have implants?
It is highly recommended to stop smoking as it affects the healing process and may reduce the long-term prognosis.