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Dental Implants

What is dental implant?

Losing your teeth or even only one tooth can often be a severe psychological blow. For those people who have teeth missing, wearing dentures or are about to lose their teeth, dental implants offer a superb permanent alternative and a highly predictable way to restore missing or failing teeth.
Implant dentistry has made incredible progress over the last decade and is clearly the way forward for many of our patients. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is inserted into the jaw to permanently hold artificial tooth or teeth in place. It is typically made out of titanium, which is biocompatible with the jawbone. The direct fusing of bone and an implant is called osseointegration, which is a special characteristic of titanium.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 15.23.04Advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge

Improved appearance:
When you lose the entire tooth, shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. Dental implants look, feel and function like real teeth and your smile is restored for a more youthful appearance. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t do this.

Preserve natural teeth:
With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be use as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Permanent solution:
There are no loose parts to worry about losing. With traditional denture, there is a risk of denture falling out when you eat or speak which can lead to embarrassing moments. However, this risk is completely eliminated and the dental implant is stable and comfortable and you have the freedom to eat all the foods you love. No adjustment is normally needed after placement. When mounted to implants, implant bridges and implant retained dentures won’t shift or slip in your mouth, which can make talking and eating easier and worry-free. This also avoids other common problems such as gagging, poor alignment and sore spots.

Predictable:
The modern implants are predictable and enjoy 95 to 98% success rate.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR IMPLANT JOURNEY

Step 1: Initial Dental Implant Consultation
At this initial appointment we discuss your wish list, the benefits of dental implant treatment and considerations. Whether it be for restoring missing teeth/gaps, improving chewing, replacing dentures and failed bridges or preventing bone loss, dental implants usually are the best long-term option for these situations. We take necessary X-rays, impressions and other data required for diagnosis and
treatment planning.

Step 2: Diagnosis and treatment planning
At this appointment X-rays and other diagnostic information is discussed and a treatment plan is formulated, discussed and approved by you. A CT Scan maybe taken if necessary.

Step 3: Diagnostic preview and surgical template
From the diagnostic information a surgical template is made for precise placement of dental implants in the mouth and a diagnostic preview of the final result is made and approved by you for a predictable and pleasing end result.

Step 4: Dental Implant Placement
At this appointment we place your dental Implants and provide you with a temporary restoration based on the agreed diagnostic preview to restore your smile and function whilst your dental implants are healing.

Step 5: Final Restoration Fit
After the dental implants have healed (usually between 3 to 6 months after placement) the final implant supported restorations (crowns, bridges or dentures) are fitted and tweaked to your satisfaction

Step 6: Review
At this appointment we review and verify you are happy with treatment.

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