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What happens when you lose a tooth or more?
If you’re missing a tooth or more, you may find that there are other things you miss. You may miss your natural smile. You may miss the ability to chew apples, crackers and other food you desire. Maybe you feel self-conscious about your teeth and mouth, or discomfort as remaining teeth shift. And perhaps you’ve experienced muscle strains, an inability to speak clearly, headaches or unease in familiar situations at work, with friends or at home.

Naturally, the effect of tooth loss varies from person to person and depends on what exactly has been lost. If you’ve lost the crown, you’ve lost the visible part of your tooth. But if you’ve lost the root as well, you’ve lost the unseen part of your tooth. The root anchors the tooth in your jawbone, providing stable support for the crown. Without the root, the bone around the lost tooth may gradually recede, remaining teeth may shift and chewing may become more difficult with time.

You can choose from a number of ways to replace your tooth crowns. But if you’re interested in replacing your entire tooth – crown and root – your only option is Dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

They are small titanium bodies which act like artificial high tech roots that become a part of the jaw and act like natural teeth. They are as firm as if they were a part of you. They provide a stable base for single tooth crowns, larger bridges or dentures. They have a completely NATURAL MOUTH FEEL. They will feel quite natural when you are talking, eating, biting or laughing.

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What are the Advantages?
No problems of flapping dentures or loose dentures
It is not necessary to damage healthy natural teeth by grinding adjacent teeth as in bridges.
No loss of taste as in dentures so you can enjoy your food
They are permanent
No metal wires to overload other healthy teeth as in removable dentures
Retains natural shape of the jaw bone as there is no resorption of the bone
Imitates the anatomy of the natural roots.
Can continue vigorous activities like sports
Can be placed without any pain in LOCAL ANAESTHESIA (without the need of general anesthesia) in one single session.
The material used for implants is titanium which is non allergic and NEUTRAL in the body
Does not affect the operation of your pacemaker in any way.
Can be placed immediately after extraction of a tooth unlike dentures and bridges which require socket to heal.

When do I need them (Indications) ?

When the smile looks old and several teeth are missing
When the lost tooth is at the end of the row of teeth
When the tooth considered for support of a bridge has limited life expectancy
When tooth considered for attaching metal clasps and retainers as in removable dentures have limited life expectancy

Implants with dentures

Your full denture is attached to the implants with special retainer systems which consist of two components. One component is permanently attached to the implant its counterpart is part of the denture. Its components click together just like pressing a button. Your denture is firmly attached. For cleaning the denture can be easily removed and just as easily replaced after cleaning. If one wishes the denture can be permanently attached to the implants. A bridge can be permanently attached to at least 6 implants in your jaw. The denture is so firmly attached that the supporting pink denture plastic is not required. The implants allow your denture to be securely fixed to the jaw and this can be done at any AGE
Pain after procedure: cheek may swell for a short time and may feel uncomfortable. However most patients may not even require a painkiller the next day, and can return to NORMAL LIFE.
After about three to four months once the implant is fully integrated in the bone, new crowns can now be firmly fixed in place.

Is there pain after the procedure?

The cheek may swell for a short time and may feel uncomfortable. However most patients may not even require a painkiller the next day, and can return to NORMAL LIFE.
After about three to four months once the implant is fully integrated in the bone, new crowns can now be firmly fixed in place.

Care of implants

implant borne teeth not only look like natural teeth but can also be cleaned as natural teeth with a toothbrush. Visit your dentist every three months for a check up and professional tooth cleaning.
Immediate implant placement: the implant is placed in the fresh wound immediately after removal of a tooth.



Are implants always successful?
Modern implant techniques have been in use since the 1950’s. Improvements in procedures and materials have given implants a ten year average success rate of 93 percent or better. This enviable success rate is improving every year!

Can failed implants be replaced?
In the unlikely event an implant fails it can usually be replaced by another. In fact, most patients wouldn’t have it any other way!

Is everyone a candidate for implant treatment?
In general, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine tooth extraction or oral surgery is probably able to receive an implant. There are some health conditions that warrant special consideration. Certain chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse may contraindicate implant treatment. After careful evaluation of your health history, your dentist will alert you to any conditions that may effect your treatment. Remember, age is not a factor.

Will others know I have dental implants?
Today’s implant treatment enables you to have your new teeth look, feel and function like your own. Even though others will be unaware you have dental implants, many patients are so pleased they tell everyone they know. Dental implants offer some of the finest restorative results possible in modern dentistry.

How long does complete treatment take?
Depending of the type of implant and replacement teeth selected, the total time can be as little as a few weeks to six or more months. If bone grafting is necessary, further time may be needed. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and advise you of the time requirements.

Will I need to be hospitalized?
Most implant procedures are performed in the dental office under local anesthesia. Although, some patients may desire pre-medication or IV sedation to control apprehension. Hospitalization may be necessary for complex surgical procedures or general health reasons.

Is there pain or discomfort?
Many patients report implant surgery less troublesome than having teeth removed. With modern anesthesia and close attention to post operative care you can expect minimal discomfort.

Will I be without replacement teeth at any time?
Immediately following surgery you may be instructed not to wear replacement teeth in the surgical area. If required, this period is usually short, and temporary teeth are soon provided so you can quickly “get on” with your life.

How much does implant treatment cost?
The cost of implant treatment depends upon the number and type of implants placed and the type of replacement teeth needed. For example, replacement of a single tooth with implant treatment costs about as much as a dental bridge. The bridge necessitates “cutting down” adjacent teeth for crowns. Implant treatment does not. More complex treatment, such as bone grafting, will add to the cost. The cost can vary in different countries, so it’s is best to consult your dentist. The improvement in your self confidence, comfort, eating habits and appearence will make dental implant treatment one of the best investments you’ve ever made!

Are implant supported teeth as strong as my natural teeth?
Yes. Research shows that in many cases implants are actually stronger then natural teeth. Compared to removable teeth, studies show implant supported teeth have 100 percent or better chewing efficiency. Dental implants can make it possible for you to enjoy your favorite foods, improve your nutrition and your appearance.

Can implants be rejected?
No! They are made of an inert metal which has no history of rejection by the body. They are not a living organ such as the lung or liver and therefore there is no rejection phenomenon. If failure should occur, and this is only a remote possibility, it is mechanical in nature and not due to rejection by the body. By the way, depending on the source you read, implants are anywhere from 85-95 percent successful depending upon certain factors such as implant location, amount and quality of bone etc. These factors will be evaluated before we place your implants. If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the implant process, ask your dentist

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