A dental implant acts as a replacement for damaged roots and provides support for a replacement tooth, denture or bridgework (in combination with additional implants). The implant fuses with the existant bone to create the basis for additional dental work. Titanium implants are most commonly used, following on from techniques developed by Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants can also support bridges or dentures.
Dental implants can act as an alternative to removable dentures or crown and bridge work. An abutment is attached to the implant, once the healing process is completed and then a crown (replacement tooth) can be fitted directly to the implant.
Implants are suitable for most patients. Though they may not be suitable for patients with significantly reduced bone density. They improve appearance, self-esteem, oral health, ease of eating, speech and overall confidence. They remove the discomfort of dentures or decaying teeth and are very durable.
Implantology is a very successful field. Implant failure is rare. Where failure does occur it is usally due to poor oral care following treatment and does not usually mean pain. There is no real reason to expect implant failure.
We offer various types of American, German and Swedish implants, with five or ten year guarantees.
- 1 Why dental implants?
- 2 Dental implants abroad?
- 3 How do dental implants work?
- 4 What is the implant procedure?
- 5 How do I care for my dental implants?
- 6 Can anyone get dental implants?
- 7 What are the advantages of dental implants?
- 8 How successful are dental implants?
- 9 Why can a dental crown be necessary?
- 10 What types of crown material are available?
- 11 What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a crown?
- 12 How should I care for my temporary dental crown?
- 13 How long do dental crowns last?
- 14 Does a crowned tooth require any special care?
Why dental implants?
With implants we can restore your missing teeth without needing to grind down adjacent teeth (crown & bridge) or employ traditional dentures (ridge supported and retained).
Implants provide ideal functionality and aesthetics. You will smile again with confidence. No other dental procedure can give you a more natural look, or anchor crowns more securely.
Dental implants abroad?
You can save 50-70% compared to inland prices when having your dental implants done abroad (in the city). More about implants abroad, more about dentistry abroad.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants act as artificial roots. They are surgically placed into your jaw, and are the closest substitute to natural teeth in form and function. Once a implant is firmly integrated into your jaw, it can be used to support single crowns, bridges and dentures. Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth, dental implants may be an option for you.
What is the implant procedure?
The first step in the process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from 3 to 6 month.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post – called an abutment – is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment. Click on the image to watch a video from leechvideo.com.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is the same as caring for natural teeth. Simply follow the oral hygiene basics, which include brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Our dentist or hygienist will show you how to keep your new teeth clean.
Can anyone get dental implants?
There are no relative health contraindications to dental implants. Patients must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Improved appearance: implants look and feel like your own teeth.
- Improved speech: implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slip.
- Improved comfort: because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Easier eating: dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved self-esteem: dental implants can give you back your smile, and help you feel better about yourself.
- Improved oral health: unlike a tooth-supported bridge, dental implants don’t require other teeth to be reduced.
- Durability: implants are very durable and will last many years.
- Implants costs significantly less abroad than in the inland. More about implants abroad
How successful are dental implants?
At our dental clinic, according to our statistics from last year, dental implants have a success rate of 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Why can a dental crown be necessary?
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover mis-shaped or severely discoloured teeth
- To cover a dental implant
What types of crown material are available?
- Metal crown
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crown
- Porcelain-fused-to-gold crown
- All resin crown
- All ceramic crown
What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a crown?
Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits – the first visit involves examining and preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.
How should I care for my temporary dental crown?
- Avoid sticky, chewy foods (for example, chewing gum, caramel), which have the potential of grabbing and pulling off the crown.
- Minimize use of the side of your mouth with the temporary crown. Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of your mouth.
- Avoid chewing hard foods (such as raw vegetables), which could dislodge or break the crown.
- Slide flossing material out – rather than lifting out – when cleaning your teeth. Lifting the floss out, as you normally would, might pull off the temporary crown.
How long do dental crowns last?
On average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. The life span of a crown depends on the amount of “wear and tear” the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits (you should avoid such habits as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging).
Does a crowned tooth require any special care?
While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day – especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.