Dental Implants have proven to be the answer to many patients’ dental problems both functional and aesthetic. By replacing just one tooth to a full arch reconstruction, they enable the restoration of a natural smile, improving patient comfort and confidence.
The Dental Implants have a clear advantage over conventional crown and bridges, in the sense that they do not rely on the neighbouring tooth for support and hence the healthy neighbouring teeth are not prepared by dental drill. Thus the integrity of existing natural teeth is maintained as before.
The most common indications for implant dentistry are:
- Replacement of one or more missing teeth.
- Support of a non-removable “bridge” to replace multiple teeth.
- Support of a removable full or partial denture.
- Patients who successfully pass a screening and evaluation can be considered as candidates for receiving dental implants.
Placing of the implants involves a surgical procedure under a normal local anaesthetic. The after effects are similar to having a tooth extracted i.e. you may feel mild discomfort due to the normal healing processes.
The implant must be allowed to bond (integrate) with the bone. This can take from 3 to 6 months depending on the individual case. During this time it is possible to make a temporary replacement for your missing teeth. Once healing and integration have occurred the permanent replacement is made and fitted.