Dental implants are titanium structures that are placed in the jaws to provide foundation for teeth replacement. They can be used to replace as few as one tooth. or all the teeth in the mouth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are inserted into the bone to replace the natural roots of the teeth that you have lost. Implants integrate within the bone over several weeks or months after insertion. The implants provide a stable foundation for crowns, bridges or dentures which are placed over them.
As dental implants are integrated within your jaw bone, they are extremely stable. Teeth or dentures supported by dental implants are retentive and firm. As such, they can mimic natural teeth both in appearance and function. Dental implants prevent surrounding bone
loss and minimise changes to the healthy adjacent teeth.
Implants can last a long time if they are well taken care of. Studies have shown that implant success rates are at 98% over 10 years. However, some diseases such as diabetes, or lifestyle habits such as smoking may affect your implant success.
Most patients are suitable for dental implants. Some patients may need bone grafting before or simultaneously during implant surgery if the bone at the implant site is insufficient or poor in quality.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or shrinks. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone, and affects the placement of dental implants. We now have the ability to grow bone where needed. In the maxillofacial region, bone grafts can be taken from inside the mouth, in the area of the chin or third molar region or in the upper jaw behind the last tooth. Animal, or synthetic bone substitutes can also be used.
Medisave can be used to offset some of the implant and surgical costs. We will be able to advise you better during the consultation.