Dental implants are used to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, and consist of a metal screw that is inserted to your jaw bone to act as a root with an attached crown that replaces the missing tooth above the gum line. They are a more attractive and natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth than removable partial dentures or bridges.
Advantages of Implants:
- Prevents bone loss in the jaw
- You do not need to cut and reshape neighbouring healthy tooth structure, unlike bridges
- It is like a natural tooth where normal flossing and brushing routine is performed
- It is designed to last a long period of time (providing that good oral hygiene is practiced)
Disadvantages of Implants:
- Like real teeth, poor oral hygiene can cause failure of the implant
- They are relatively expensive
- Surgery is required
- They are case selective as many factors must be considered before the dentist will perform the procedure
You will require a comprehensive assessment by one of our dentists to find out if you are a good candidate for implants as your medical history can affect the success rate of implant surgery.
There are many factors that will need to be considered including medical health, bone density, bone width and height of the surgical site, nerve position and sinus floor position. Smoking and age are also an important factor.
Talk to our dentists and we will assess your individual case in our friendly and relaxed clinics.
There are many different types of implants available in the market today. Most implants are made from titanium, which is very susceptible to integration with bone tissues.
There are three stages of implant placement procedure:
- Insertion of the implant into the bone
- Insertion of the abutment (connector) on the implant
- Placement of the crown to the abutment.
These procedures can take up to 4-6 months depending on your general and dental health, the amount of bone and the rate of healing and bone integration.
Sometimes a single stage surgery can be done where the insertion of the implant, abutment and crown is done in one visit. This is not suitable for every case.