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Dental Implants

bridge implantsDental implants can be used on there own to replace a single tooth or several, may be used to support a bridge or retain a denture. Dentists undertake extra training before placing implants. Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry since their introduction as lost teeth can be effectively replaced without the need for a denture or bridge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do they screw into the bone?

The implants are placed tightly inside a hole which is drilled into the bone. The bone then grows closely around the implant and holds it in place. The implants are not actually ‘screwed’ into the bone.

How long do I have to wait before the teeth are fitted?

This depends on which jaw that the implant was placed in together with the number of teeth that it will replace. Generally the patient may have to wait upto 6 weeks before the final crowns are placed but sometimes it is placed immediately when we see that the quality of the bone and the strength of the implant inside the bone is good.

I have full dentures and my lower one is loose, could I have implants?

Implants may be used not only to replace a single tooth but also provide support for a denture or bridge. Many people with lower dentures have problems eating or speaking as the denture is loose and moves around. With age the ridge of bone is lost in the lower jaw and this problem will only increase. The placement of one or two implants in the lower jaw will provide sufficient support and stability for a denture, thus improving the life of the patient. Below we outline several options for persons with no lower teeth.

 

1 2
Six implants allow a lower denture to be made which is stable and will not rock. Once in position, the denture is screwed onto the implants so that it won’t come out or lift up
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A cheaper and simpler alternative is to place two implants which are connected by a bar. The denture then clips onto this bar and won’t slide around. As the denture clips in, it can be removed by the patient and cleaned.

 

What is the success rate?

The introduction of the modern techniques in implantology has changed many things. Now the success rate of the implant is very higher and we can expect 99% mostly.

Can everyone get implants?
Certain medical conditions may reduce the chance of success and therefore dentists won’t place implants in some patients. Smokers have a very poor rate of success with implants, they should either stop smoking altogether or choose a different option for restoring their dentition.