What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used to replace lost teeth and have become increasingly popular as an alternative to removable dentures. They can be used to support crowns that replace a single lost tooth, bridges that restore several lost teeth, and even dentures. There is a wealth of evidence from clinical studies that show that dental implants are a safe and convenient way to replace lost teeth with natural-looking results.
Implants are generally manufactured from titanium, which is a metal that is compatible with body tissues and able to bond with adjacent bone during healing. More recently, implants made from zirconia, which is white rather than metallic in colour, have become popular. At Levitas Dental Clinic Practice, we offer both titanium and zirconia implants.
Like natural teeth, implants need to be looked after as peri-implant diseases can occur around implants. Good oral hygiene and regular check-ups with us are thus essential.
What are the stages of implant treatment
Insertion of implants
Preparation of teeth and digital moulds
Fitting of crown or bridge
To make sure that the implants are stable and functioning well, and that you are completely happy with the finished result, we will review your treatment about 12 weeks later.
Bone grafts and bone regeneration
In some cases, bone grafts, and sinus lifts or sinus grafting procedures are needed to prepare the jawbone to be able to support the implant.
After the procedure, you will need to wait for at least three months before having implants placed, so that healing can take place. The exact waiting time will depend on how much bone has been grafted. Where possible, bone grafting is carried out simultaneously with implant placement.
Sinus Lifts and Sinus Grafts
In some cases, where the premolars or molars in the upper jaw were lost many years ago or where there is a very thin sinus wall and there is insufficient bone height and width to place an implant, a sinus lift or grafting procedure is necessary. During this procedure, the sinus membrane is lifted and bone grafts are added to rebuild the bone mass so that it can support an implant.
We look forward to providing you with more information about how implants can help you to replace missing teeth. Please call us to book a consultation.
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Dental Implants FAQ
How long is the recovery period with dental implants?
During the initial healing period, you may experience some minor discomfort and swelling which can be eased with paracetamol. You may want to eat soft foods during the early days too.
How do I care for my new dental implants?
Can dental implants replace dentures?
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