Everything you need to know about Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best long-term solution for replacing a tooth or teeth. Unlike dental bridge work, partial and full dentures, implants do not require the same level of maintenance and are much more durable. Dental implant technology is superior in quality, functionality, and over your lifetime can be more cost effective.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to replace a missing tooth or teeth. They are a permanent tooth replacement treatment and offer the best quality and functional long-term solution. A standard single-tooth dental implant is made up of 2 components. The implant itself is a titanium rod which becomes the replacement root of the tooth. Then there is the implant crown, which is the top of the tooth you chew with. Once completed, the implant looks natural and seamlessly fits in to your smile.
How long do dental implants last for?
Provided the patient follows a good oral hygiene regime as recommended by their dentist, the dental implant should last 20+ years.
How long does the process take?
There are a number of factors which can impact the time it takes for this process to be completed.
How much do implants cost?
The fee’s for implant surgery varies from case to case. Patients will need to attend a consult with Dr Ivett who will be able to provide them with a quote specific to their case.
What is a bone graft?
Dental implants require a certain level of jaw bone to support them. If the dentist assesses that the bone level is too low, an option may be to have a bone graft. The bone graft is placed to increase the implant site’s bone level. This process is discussed in more detail with the dentist if it’s something requiring further consideration.
Stages of dental implant treatment
- Dental Implant Consult – the dentist will first assess whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
- Tooth Extraction – If the tooth or part of the tooth is still present, it is carefully removed to make way for the implant
- Implant Placement – The titanium implant will be placed immediately after the tooth has been extracted. In some cases, the dentist may not be able to place the implant immediately after removing your natural tooth. This will be discussed with the patient by the dentist.
- Implant Integration Period – This usually takes 3 months for the titanium implant to integrate with your natural bone. If a patient has undergone a bone graft, this integration period may be longer.
- Implant Crown – The crown of the tooth can now be designed to match your smile and screwed into the implant.