Dental Implants caused a revolutionary shift in dentistry.
Implants are man-made replacements for the tooth roots that have been lost. They behave like real roots, even bonding naturally with the jawbone. This is called osseointegration. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, support a denture, or restore an entire mouth.
Implants are made of titanium. Titanium, unlike other metals, is biocompatible, meaning the body will not reject the material. Titanium is also very strong and is biologically inert.
To be a candidate for implants you must meet two criteria:
- Your gum tissue should be healthy
- There must be enough bone to support the implant
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Short procedure - inserting implants is typically quick, easy, and virtually pain-free.
- You can eat immediately - it is possible for your implants to be fully settled and ready to chew with in as little as an hour.
- Eat whatever you like - implants are stable, secure, and very strong so you can comfortably eat all your favourite foods, even the crunchy ones.
- Last for a lifetime - implants are the longest-lasting solution available, often for the rest of your life.
- Save your existing teeth - with a traditional bridge, the teeth beside a gap have to be ground down to prepare a bridge. With implants your other teeth are left fully intact and safe.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.
While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate into the bone for up to six months.
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the post that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several months of healing, the dentures are made and fitted to the implants. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take a few weeks to complete.
Dental Implant Costs
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants.
To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to book an examination of your mouth.