Dental Implant Benefits
Still unsure about whether implants are right for you? Consider the benefits you can get:
- Dental implants or implant supported dentures are stable and fixed in your mouth.
- No more embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures every night.
- Unlike some Dentures no adhesives needed to hold them in place.
- Dental implants are as convenient as having your own teeth.
Dental implants improve your smile
Where aesthetics is important, especially in the front teeth, dental implants are the preferred option to replace your missing teeth (tooth).
Unlike dentures or crown and bridges, dental implant prevents bone loss. This keeps the gums in their normal stable position and gives a natural appearance.
Dental Implants behave like natural teeth
Probably the biggest advantage of a dental implant is that it restores full chewing power!
Once the missing teeth have been replaced with implant retained crowns you may not be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and the implant retained crowns.
You can eat, brush and floss as normal.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss
A major benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone loss. As the jawbone requires pressure from chewing to maintain its structure, it will deteriorate in the absence of a tooth.
You may lose up to 25% of your original bone volume in the first year after you lose a tooth, and this will continue for as long as the tooth (teeth) goes un-replaced by an implant.
Regular dentures and bridges can worsen bone loss because there is nothing to stimulate the bone. On the other hand, implant-supported dentures and bridges act like natural teeth and provide the pressure necessary to maintain the bone structure.
Dental implants feel natural
Dental implants feel and function just like your own teeth. There are no restrictions on the types of food you can eat. Many find that they can return to eating the kinds of foods theyíve missed for years with dentures.
Preserves natural teeth
Dental implants donít require shaving off any of your healthy teeth to make a tooth-supported bridge. This is good for the long-term survival of the rest of your dentition.
Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, dental implants donít require altering your other teeth. This leaves more of your own teeth intact, which improves your long-term oral health.
Missing teeth or loose dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat a wider variety of foods with confidence and without discomfort.
There are no loose parts to worry about. The implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after installation. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
Keeps teeth in place
Dentures may slip when you eat, talk, smile, laugh, kiss, yawn or cough, so you have to "re-position" them back into place in the mouth. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth won't move, click or shift.
Dental Implant procedure are performed in three steps.
Step 1: Clinical tests and observation of the teeth.
Step 2: Surgical placement of the implant
Step 3: Placement of the post and crown on the implant.
Implant surgery is usually performed under Local Anaesthesia with or without Intravenous Sedation.
Step 1: Clinical tests and assessing the condition of the teeth
If you are contemplating having implants, make an appointment for the assessment of your oral health and your general health. We may require some blood tests to be done to check your general health. Other examinations like periapical radiographs (small X rays), OPG (orthopantomograph-large X rays) and CT scan, will be carried out as needed. The dentist will explain to you the implant procedures, duration of the treatment and costs involved.
Step 2: Surgical placement of the implant
In this stage, the dentist inserts an implant (metal screw made of titanium) into the jaw bone.
This screw (the implant) is invisible as it sits inside the bone.
After implant placement, there is a healing or integration period. On average, the healing period takes 5-6 months (depending on individual's rate of healing). During this period the soft tissue (gums, etc) and the bone forms and matures around the implant.
While the implant is healing, the gap may be temporarily closed by a partial denture or Maryland bridge.
Step 3: Placement of the post and crown on the implant
A post or an abutment is screwed onto implant creating an extension of the implant into the mouth. This abutment may be laboratory made or may be further trimmed in the mouth.
An impression is taken of this prepared abutment to make a mould that is used in the fabrication of the crown in a dental laboratory.
In the visible area of the mouth (like the smile line), the dentist will place a temporary crown to cover the abutment for aesthetic purposes.
The definitive crown is then cemented onto the abutment a few weeks later.
This implant retained crown will look like and function like a natural tooth.
To find out more about Dental implants please visit our page on Dental Implants FAQ.