Are Dental Implants for me?

If you are wearing loose dentures or have missing teeth dental implants could improve your self confidence, chewing ability and comfort as well as overall quality of live.

Indication for dental implants:

  •       Missing teeth due to any reason.
  •       Painful & loose dentures
  •       Inability to tolerate wearing false teeth & dentures
  •       Prevention of shrinkage of jawbone after tooth loss. 
Your dental team would be happy to assess your dental needs and advise you if you might benefit from dental implant treatment 

When is Implant Treatment appropriate?

Dental implants are often a good alternative to replacing teeth with conventional prostheses such as plastic dentures or tooth bridges. In certain cases implants are now regarded as the treatment of choice, for example, in patients who have lost all their teeth and find traditional dentures impossible to tolerate when eating and speaking. 

Timing of implant treatment:

Implant treatment can be carried out at the time of tooth extraction (immediate implant placement) or soon (6 to 12 weeks) after a tooth loss (deferred implant placement). 

Dental implants can also be considered years after tooth loss (delayed implants). However the bone and the overlying gum undergoes shrinkage (or atrophy) following tooth removal. 

If an implant is not inserted to replace a tooth bone shrinkage takes place due to disuse atrophy. This makes routine implant placement difficult or complicated. In such cases, the deficient bone may require rebuilding (grafting or augmentation) with bone regenerative materials (synthetic or animal origin) or a bone graft (from patient's hip or from a bone donor). 

In most cases, bone grafting can be carried out routinely using bone substitute materials (synthetic or animal bone derivative). In severely atrophic cases (including those with bone damage due to accidents or oral cancer) a bone transplant from the chin or the hip bone may be indicated before implant treatment can be provided. Diagnostic imaging including a 3-Dimensional CT scan (CBCT) is used to determine the bone level during the assessment and treatment planning phase.

For implant treatment to be successful in the long term you will need to have very health gums. Any existing gum disease, periodontal bleeding or pocketing needs to be treated/ Uncontrolled diabetes is a relative contraindication for implant treatment. Research has shown that smoking can affect the longevity of implants.

Your treatment needs will be determined by an implant surgeon following a routine examination and appropriate radiographs.  Before undergoing any treatment your Implant Team will provide a detailed treatment plan and a cost estimate for you to consider according to your individual circumstances, needs and wishes.

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