Other Frequently Asked Questions for Implant Dentistry
Dental Implants are artificial roots often made of titanium that integrate to your bone, allowing us to attach natural looking replacement tooth or teeth.
There are many types of implants that may vary in
- 1. size – where the width and height of your implant is chosen specifically to the dimension of your bone available.
- 2. design – where the position of the missing tooth, the bone quality and the speed of desired treatment determine the implant used.
- 3. the manufacture – only well researched, scientifically proven, world renowned implants such as those from Straumann, Nobel Biocare, Bredent and Astra are used. The decision of the chosen implant will be made on an individual basis after carrying out a comprehensive assessment.
- 4. the material – the majority of implants are titanium or titanium allow as material allows osseointegration ( the biologic micro mechanical bonding of bone to the implant ) to take place, as these materials are biocompatible. Ceramic implants are also available.
Normally we find that implant placement is followed by only mild discomfort. Any discomfort can be minimised by following instructions.
The treatment fee for implants depends on the following:
An implant is often placed 3 months after a troth is removed to ensure adequate healing of the implant. However is certain situations when placing Immediate Implants, implants can be placed on the day of tooth removal if on assessment of the site, the conditions of the bone and tooth to removed are favourable.
The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements.
We then perform a comprehensive assessment of you mouth to understand the structure and health of your teeth and the bone area where the implant(s) may be placed. We will need to take a digital radiographic and photographic assessment to investigate this. We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long lasting, comfortable and a healthy final result.
Cosmetic dentistry can help to remove the spaces between teeth and the gaps in your mouth to give you a better and more cosmetically appealing smile. There are many choices including cosmetic dental implants that can also be used in combination with cosmetic restorative dentistry to give you the complete smile.
There is no age limit to who can have dental implants. We will assess your medical and dents health to ensure that there are no contraindications to implant treatment such as osteoporosis, ongoing cancer treatment, smoking etc
We only wish to carry out this type of treatment on in a mouth which has a long term outlook. We determine this by creating a very though assessment of the teeth and mouth. We assess the structural strength of the teeth, the biological strength of the gum and bone, and the bite to ensure we create long lasting solution.
Films of bacteria called Biofilm start to appear on implants as quickly as they do on teeth. The major problem is that this biofilm on implants is resistant to antibiotics and antiseptics. Hence, the biofilm can damage the tissues that keep the implant in place. Thus, the accuracy of your cleaning of your teeth and implants is very vital. This means that oral hygiene and care of implants is vital not only after the final crowns, bridges or denture placement but also during the healing (osseointegration) phase.
When a tooth is removed from the mouth, the surrounding bone that holds the tooth in place will diminish in height and width and volume. This may have an effect on the immediate and final appearance of the gum tissue in this area and possibly the surrounding teeth as well.
At the Perfect Smile Studios we assign our success in implant dentistry to the fact that we have been very conscientious to only recommend dentistry which is viable, stable and has the most optimum outcome. It is our objective to give you aesthetic-looking teeth and gums that have a long predictable durability, as well as the choice of options that match your needs and requirements.
If you are taking aspirin, you should check with your physician that it is suitable to stop the recommended dose one week before the implant placement.
The following after care will create normal and healthy healing of your dental implant: Sleeping, Ice packs, Smoking, Drinking, Salt water, Pressure, Meals, Brushing, Tongue, Diet and Vitamins.
Placing implants can be pain free procedure as we ensure that the entire area is strongly anaesthetised prior to the treatment. We test that you are totally comfortable prior to starting the treatment.
There are techniques to make the treatment extremely comfortable and is thus suitable for nervous patients.