Dental implants are a permanent solution to fill in any gaps and restore your smile to its former beauty.
Consisting of an artificial tooth root and a dental crown, Dental Implants are designed to be an exact match to your existing teeth in terms of shape, alignment and colour. In fact, your implant will look so natural that only you have to know that it’s an artificial replacement! To everyone else, it will look as if you were born with it.
What are Dental Implants?
Made from titanium, the dental implant mimics a tooth root and is a fixed, long-term solution for missing teeth. A dental crown is fixed to the implant to mimic the part of the natural tooth that is visible above the gum line. Not being reliant on neighboring teeth to keep it in place, unlike a dental bridge, the dental implant is self-supporting with no adjustment or alteration needed to any other teeth to keep it in place.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Men and women who:
Will I need anesthesia for Dental Implant Surgery?
Most cases can be treated with local anesthesia only. If, however, you are a nervous patient or your individual case requires more intensive surgical intervention than standard (for example, if a bone graft is required) your dental surgeon may recommend twilight anesthesia, which is local anaethesia with sedation.
Your dental surgeon will be able to advise on your individual case when you come in for a consultation.
What does Dental Implant surgery involve?
For most patients, Dental Implant Surgery is a moderate procedure with minimal to no pain. Local anesthesia is administered prior to the dental surgeon making small incisions in your gums in order to place the implant into the bone.
Once the implant healing process is fully complete – which usually takes around four to six months as the bone bonds with the biocompatible implant post – a second session is needed to place a dental crown above this implant, which mimics the visible part of the natural tooth. While the healing process is taking place, a temporary prosthetic crown can be fitted for aesthetic purposes.
After the procedure, you can expect some bruising, swelling and discomfort. You will be given a pain management plan by your dental surgeon to alleviate any pain. The initial healing process for the incisions usually takes seven days or less.
Some patients may need to undergo a more complex surgical procedure, for example if they require a bone graft. Your dental surgeon will be able to explain in more detail what will be required in line with your individual requirement during the initial consultation.
How long do Dental Implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last for 25 years or more, making them a very long-term solution. Regular check-ups with your dental surgeon is recommended as adjustments may be required from time to time as your jawline is prone to change as part of the natural ageing process.
How can I care for and maintain my Dental Implants?
You should care for your Dental Implant as you do your natural teeth, being sure to practice good dental hygiene with regular brushing and flossing, and attending bi-annual dental checkups.
Your dental surgeon will advise you on any special instructions that may be required to maintain your dental implants.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
For an accurate cost assessment, you will need to book an initial consultation with one of our dental surgeons. The cost of Dental Implants varies depending on how many implants you need, if a bone graft is required, and so on. Your dental surgeon will be able to give you an exact quote in line with your requirement and individual situation.