Conventional dentures only replace the visible section of the tooth, i.e. the natural crown. Healthy adjacent teeth have to be ground down to hold the denture in place.
What a shame – especially as it’s not really necessary! Implants are natural alternatives and like nature, take a holistic approach to solving problems. They replace both the crown and root of the tooth. Implants take over the biological role of the tooth root. That sounds great because it is great!
- What is an implant?
Implants are tiny pins made of especially compatible pure titanium which are inserted into the bone of the jaw. The dentist can attach crowns, bridges or removable dentures to these artificial roots. In approximately three to six months, the bone grows tightly around the surface of the implant and grips it firmly in the jaw.
- How are they fitted?
A Titanium implant is inserted into the jaw during a minor operation, which is usually painless, to act as an artificial root. It consists of a section for inserting into the bone of the jaw and a support for attaching the crowns, bridges or removable dentures to. The jaw bone grows onto the implant so that it can hold your denture firmly.
- Who are they for?
Regardless of whether you have to have one, several or all teeth replaced, except for a few special cases, implants retain everyone’s dentures naturally.
- How long do they take?
Implant treatment takes several months. It is divided into two main stages:
- Stage 1 – The implant is inserted into the jaw and left to heal for several months (you wear a temporary denture during this period).
- Stage 2 – The implant has grown into place and the proper denture is attached to it.
- Treatment Plan:
Implant treatment includes the following stages:
- Initial examination and possibly early treatment.
- Implant placement.
- Wound healing
- Removing the stitches
- Healing period for the implants
- Exposing the implants
- Possible fabrication of the final restoration; possible fabrication of a temporary restoration.
- Fitting the restoration
- Regular recall.
- How much do they cost?
The actual price of your treatment depends on the number of implants your denture requires, the amount of surgery and the type of denture which suits your requirements best. Implants are a wise, long-term investment in your health and quality of life.
- How to look after your implants?
Implants demand thorough care. Conscientious and careful oral hygiene is essential for long-term success of the treatment. Plaque is an implant’s arch-enemy. There’s only one solution – Don’t forget to clean your teeth before going to bed and after meals. Your dentist’s assistants will be please to explain implant hygiene procedures to you in detail.
- What is an implant?