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Implants

How do Dental Implants work and how are they placed?

Implants Compared to Bridges and Dentures

The cost of Dental Implants

Am I a right candidate for Dental Implants?

Replacement of single tooth, several teeth, full upper or lower Jaw

At Care, we understand that permanent tooth lost can cause concerns. We may worry about our appearances and feel that the tooth loss has aged us before our time. We may lose confidence in social function, speaking or laughing in public, and feel uncertain about our abilities to enjoy our favourite foods.

Now, with advances in dental science, it allows us to provide better solutions to our patients. Dental Implants are an innovative way to replace one or more missing teeth and they function and look like natural teeth. Furthermore, they can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth. They are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures, which were developed more than 30 years ago.

Proven success of Implants!

With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, Implants have a high success rate. People who have had teeth replaced with dental implants report a better ability to chew food and eat properly, renewed confidence whilst speaking, and a better self-esteem.
How do Dental Implants work and how are they placed?

A Dental Implant is a titanium post, which is compatible with human bone and tissue, then topped with an individual replacement tooth.

Implant Placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone in the upper or lower jaw as the replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. For replacing many missing teeth, the implants are topped with a partial bridge or a full set of dentures that are cemented or attached to the implants.

Over time, the implant will bond with the bone and thus serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth, allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.

In order to place the implant in the bone, it is necessary to cut through the gum tissue. The gum tissue will usually be closed over the implant or around the implant after it is placed into the bone.

After the procedure

The gums may be sore during initial healing, usually for seven to ten days. However, most patients can perform their normal business and social activities and are able to resume normal activities the next day

When the gum tissues has healed, Dr.Tony will begin a series of appointments to fabricate the bridges or individual teeth that will be placed onto the titanium implants to replace the missing teeth. He will work with a dental laboratory to make sure that the replacement tooth; bridge or denture will meet the particular needs of each patient.

Bone healing: During the next three to six months, the implants will then be allowed to heal in the bone until the bone gradually fuses to the implant. Some patients may experience additional minor soreness in the gums as the bone grows around the implant until totally healed.

It takes from six weeks to four months for lower jaw implants to heal completely. It may need longer for those in the upper jaw. The healing time is determined on an individual basis and by the type of implant used.
During this time temporary crowns, bridges or dentures are used during this bone-healing period. In suitable cases, e.g. single front tooth replacement or a complete arch teeth replacement, a temporary fixed prosthesis may be installed at the same appointment of the implant surgery for immediate function.

Dental Implants Compared to conventional Bridges and Dentures

Each tooth is made up of a crown and a root. The crown is visible while the unseen root anchors the crown to the jawbone, providing stable support. Many options are available for replacing a crown, but only dental implants can replace its root. If the root is not replaced, shrinkage of the jawbone occurs causing your face to appear sunken therefore older.

Dentures

Full or partial dentures tend to cause gum irritation and pain. Dentures shift inside our mouth making chewing and talking difficult.

Bridges

As bridges are connected across multiple teeth, they can’t be flossed like natural teeth. The floss has to be threaded underneath the false tooth in order to clean the supporting teeth. This usually takes some extra effort and for this reason, most people don’t clean their bridge(s) as often as they should. The difficulty of cleaning increases the possibility of developing decay and periodontal disease leading to failure of the bridge.
Implants support replacement teeth in one single unit. They feel and function like natural teeth, enabling us to speak, smile and laugh with comfort and confidence, as well as enjoy our favourite foods without thinking twice about it. Since a implant is more like a natural tooth, it can be cleaned with as much ease as a natural tooth.

For people who wear complete dentures, a permanent bridge supported by implants in the lower jaw, with a complete conventional denture for the upper jaw, is a very common solution for natural appearing and comfortable.
The cost of Dental Implants

Although the cost for dental implants may initially seem more expensive than other traditional treatments, the cost is often equivalent to the repetitive temporary treatment solutions with excellence results and satisfaction.

Generally the fees for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth, as well as the type of final restoration. Some additional procedures may also be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long lasting results.
Am I a right candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are relatively healthy and can have routine dental care then you can most likely have implants. A single tooth or a missing full arch of teeth can be replaced with dental implants.

Implant treatment is extensive and takes meticulous planning for best results. There will be a diagnostic phase where Dr.Tony will evaluate and plan your implant treatment program, such as your dental health, your life-style, and jawbone quality and oral hygiene habits.

During the consultation, X-rays of your mouth are used to determine if the bone in the jaw is adequate to hold the titanium implants. Models of the mouth may be made using a soft, pliable plastic compound to accurately show where the gaps are located and provide measurements for a replacement tooth or a bridge.

Age and Dental Implants

Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate implant treatment. Dr.Tony will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
The procedures

Most often, the entire process, from evaluation to completion, generally takes three to eight months. Most of the implants placed today only require one surgical procedure using a local anesthetic and sedative. However, there are occasions when the implants may require two surgical procedures. This is determined on an individual basis. Impressions for the final prosthesis are taken once the gum tissue has healed sufficiently around the implant after the first or second stage surgery.

If you have worn a bridge or false teeth before the first surgery, you may need to wait seven to ten days before the bridge or false teeth can be adjusted and lined with a soft material to eliminate pressure on the implants.
Replacement of Single Tooth

When the tooth and root are missing or damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown.

In this case, a one-piece implant is used. This means that all components are installed as a single unit, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimised pain. Most people will be able to work the day after having the implant installed.

First, the implant or the titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone. Depending on the suitability of the case, a temporary tooth may be inserted at the first surgical stage or the implant may be covered with gum tissue for bone integration before it is exposed surgically in 3-6 months time for the final prosthesis fabrication.

The factors that may influence the decision on when an implant can be functional are bone quality, position of the missing tooth, aesthetic consideration, biting forces etc.

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Replacement of Several Teeth

If you have lost several teeth, replacing them with dental implants is an excellent alternative. Your replacement teeth are not dependent on support from adjacent teeth, as is the case with bridges and partial dentures. The bridge contains all teeth in one piece and is anchored on dental implants providing optimum strength.

Installing the implants

First, the implants are installed. This is normally done in a single session. A temporary bridge may be placed at the same time, making it possible for you to function like normal almost immediately after leaving the surgery.

Attaching the bridge

This is normally done 1-2 months after the implant installation. The time will vary, depending on the individuals. The implants need to integrate with the jawbone before the permanent bridge is attached.

End Result

The new bridge will handle all the pressure like your natural teeth did. You will have a stable and secure solution that allows you to eat what you want.

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Replacement of full upper or lower jaw

If you have lost all of your teeth in one of your jaws, a full denture may work for the short term. But without tooth roots, the jawbone slowly melts, or shrinks, causing the denture to lose its snug fit. This can lead to potential discomfort. A gradual loss of jawbone can also change the shape of your face, and your appearance.

When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution.

Dental implants, fused to the jawbone, keep the bone healthy and your teeth securely in place. Once implants have been placed in your jaw, they can be restored with fixed bridgework or over dentures.

Dental implants provide enough stability to carry a full fixed bridge. A fixed bridge is permanently secured to the implants, while removable over dentures are held in place by a bar and clip, or by one of many other attachments currently available.

Come and visit Care and Dr. Tony will advise you of the options that are available to replace your uncomfortable dentures.

Long Lasting Results

Implants are very durable and will last many years. They require the same “maintenance” as natural teeth including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.

Implants can be the solution to many associated problems that come with having missing teeth.

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