An implant is an artificial tooth root placed in your jawbone to secure a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. Dental implants feel natural and do not affect neighbouring teeth.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that is surgically positioned into your jawbone for the purpose of mounting a replacement tooth or bridge. There are no fears of an implant coming loose unlike dentures. Dental implants are a better alternative to bridges as they are not fixed to other teeth, like bridges. This leads to better overall oral health.
If you want to be able to have a natural smile, with no chances of your dentures slipping out or moving sideways at inopportune moments, or want to be able to eat whatever your heart desires and be as normal as possible, then dental implants are for you.
With dentures, you have to remove them to clean them, and they have a lot of restrictions on what you can and cannot do. In comparison, dental implants offer a natural look and feel, just like having natural teeth, and will give you a long lasting natural looking smile, just like the one you always had.
You will have an initial consultation with your doctor, who will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, by analysing your bones and gum conditions through x-rays. Once your dentist has determined that all is well, you will go ahead with treatments, in which the dentist will create an impression of your mouth so that a very similar replica can be constructed.
Creating this impression doesn’t take time, and you may have an impulsive reaction to panic at having something in your mouth that prevents you from swallowing, but the process is soon over.
Next, if the tooth in question needs extraction, it will be done at the same time as inserting the dental implant. The process will be complete and you will have to be patient in your recovery time for your jawbone to heal fully, fusing with the implant and this process can take weeks or even months to heal. Once your dentist considers the implant to be stable, the abutment is placed above it, after which your permanent crown will be connected to it to give you the perfect natural looking tooth.
Dental Implants are an excellent choice as a long term solution for tooth replacement, but how long they last entirely depends on the patient’s lifestyle and the their dental care and hygiene. Also, pre existing medical conditions, diseases and misuse of the implants could cause implants to fail – but if you follow the care instructions and advice of your dentist, you should enjoy the effects of the dental implants for a long time to come.
The treatments itself is virtually painless. You may however experience some light discomfort for few days after your treatment. After approximately a week your implant should not feel uncomfortable.
You will be provided with a set of instructions specific to your treatment. Please follow them closely to ensure the risk of complications is reduced. A brief list of things you can expect includes: getting rest, managing swelling, cleaning your mouth, restricting your diet, keeping an eye on the affected area to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is occurring.
The majority of insurance companies cover most of our treatments. For more detail on your coverage please call your service provider.