Restore missing or damaged teeth
Modern dental implant technology has allowed for missing teeth to be replaced without the inconvenience of dentures. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
What is involved and how does it work?
Dental implants are titanium components placed in the jawbone. During the procedure, an implant is surgically placed in the space of the missing tooth. Over time, a process known as osseointegration takes place where the bone cells integrate with the titanium implant to ‘lock’ the implant in place.
This dental technology creates a stable unit as the implant gains stability by biological integration with the implant. Once this stability has been assessed, a crown is attached to the top of the implant, essentially creating a single functional unit that is intended to function and feel like a natural tooth.
Will the procedure be painful?
The area of your tooth is numbed before placement of the implant. The procedure is usually less uncomfortable than having a tooth extracted. There is also the option of having the procedure done under twilight sedation for patients who are anxious.
How long do they last?
With a diligent home-care regime and regular visits to your dentist, implants can last 15-20 years, often longer. In some cases, the crown may need to be replaced sooner due to wear and tear.
For people who face the unfortunate reality of losing their teeth, dental implants can be a preferable long-term replacement option in terms of function and aesthetics.