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Dental Implants

Dental Implants are titanium screws that are fixed solidly in the jaw by means of a surgical procedure. Dental Implants provide support for a single missing tooth to several missing teeth. Dental Implants have been around for over 30 years.

How can I benefit from Dental Implants?

You will be able to: eat better, eat foods you have avoided for years, feel more confident and feel better about yourself.

Are there any side effects from Dental Implants?

Allergic reaction to titanium is extremely rare, except for some anticipated discomfort due to the surgical procedure dental implants are very predictable.

How long do Implants last?

Using modern techniques and appropriate surgical and denture protocol, expected success rates are in the region of 99%, With proper hygiene and maintenance implants may last many decades.

There are several factors beyond the control of both the patient and the provider which can affect the life of an implant retained denture. Accidents and illnesses can have a deleterious affect. It is therefore impossible to make promises or guarantees regarding the longevity of an implant.

Should a problem arise, it normally does so during the first six months to a year following surgery, during the period of bone healing. After this period, problems appear to be less frequent. However, follow-up by our clinic and the proper home care by the patient are mandatory.

Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?

Those who: are dissatisfied with loose, uncomfortable dentures, who wish to eat better, who wish to talk and laugh with confidence and who are tired of using adhesives to secure their dentures.

Do Implant Over-dentures feel different than my regular dentures?

Implant retained over-dentures are far more comfortable to wear than regular dentures. You can finally smile, talk, eat and laugh again naturally with confidence and not worry about them lifting or dropping.

Is special care needed for Implants?

The success of a dental implant depends upon regular dental visits and meticulous oral hygiene. A healthy mouth helps ensure the best possible functioning of the dental implant.

How long will the treatment take, from start to finish?

Typically, in a lower jaw the total treatment time will be around 4 months. The upper jaw will usually take about 4 months. If a bone grafting procedure is required to increase the height of the bone an additional 4-6 months will be necessary. Also recent extractions must be allowed to heal completely before implants are placed.

What are the medical requirements for Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental Implant surgery is a minor procedure generally performed in the dental clinic. The ideal candidate for implants  must be healthy with normal  and unimpaired healing ability. Comparatively, it is less traumatic than having an impacted wisdom tooth extracted.

What are the potential risk’s/complications

For some patients there is a tendency for bruising in the chin and neck. some patients may experience temporary numbness of the lower lip . The oral surgeon will explain fully and answer any questions prior to surgery.

How long does the implant surgery take

Fixture placement normally takes only 90 minutes for two implants.

Will it hurt?

There may be some post-operative discomfort and swelling but this will be minimal. Appropriate pain relief will be supplied by the oral surgeon.

What are the chances of rejection?

Titanium is the most bio compatible material known to man. There appears to be no recorded cases of rejection, however good oral hygiene is imperative to keep the gums healthy around the implant.

How long is the healing period?

Reaction to the placement of implants vary from patient to patient and are directly related to the number of implants placed  but under normal circumstances implants can be loaded in just three months, if implants are placed in extraction sites an extra two months healing time should be added.

Can I wear my dentures after surgery?

Yes although the denture will require a minor adjustment for the placement of a soft cushioning liner so not to disturb the healing process. The liner may require replacement every month or two.

How much time will I have to have off work?

Most people recover very quickly from implant placement and can return to work the same day, but a day off work may be prudent.

What happens if a dental implant fails?

A failed implant will be loose and is uncomfortable when pressure is applied. The dental implant can be removed by an oral surgeon quite easily and a new implant can be re-implanted in the same area . Reputable Implant manufacturers provide a guarantee replacement of failed implants. It is possible to insure against implant failure, covering surgery costs in the unlikely event of failure.

How does the cost of Implant Over dentures compare to Regular dentures?

If implants are used to retain the denture, the additional investment can range widely depending upon the number of implants required and the design of the prosthesis. The life expectancy of implant retained dentures are similar to regular dentures.

Are there any payment plans available?

Yes. Since most dental implant treatments take a few months to complete, payments can be made by instalments with no interest charged as long as full payment is received on completion.

How much will a personal consultation cost and what is included?

Standard charges apply for initial consultation[see costs] This includes a clinical evaluation, oral examination and a written estimate. Referral to the oral surgeon will be necessary and some costs may be involved.

Does Implant treatment require special training for the dentist/clinical dental technician?

Yes. The construction of Implant over dentures requires special knowledge and is not practised by every dentist or clinical dental technician.