What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is essentially an artificial replacement for your tooth roots. So when you have one or more teeth missing, instead of going through life with all the challenges that it imposes in the face of tooth loss, you can easily have a dental implant placed which can ultimately give you the feeling of having your natural teeth back.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
The dental implant procedure can restore your confidence and self-worth by replacing your missing teeth and allowing you to smile freely without having to resort to a smile with your lips clasped firmly together. What’s more, because implants are fixed into your jawbone there’s no embarrassing slurring or clicking like you can get with dentures.
Dental Implant Costs?
When it comes to dental implant costs, there is really no definite figure, simply because there are numerous factors which play in determining the costs of dental implants.
Will it hurt?
The procedure is relatively straightforward and can usually be done with local anesthetic. There may be discomfort immediately after the anesthetic wears out. Common pain medication usually alleviates the discomfort.
In general, most patients report that the procedure really wasn’t painful at all – certainly much less than expected. It is less traumatic than taking a tooth out since placing implants is a very precise process.
Why do we need a CT Scan?
A 3D CT Scan is a three-dimensional X-ray that shows you the vital structures, the bone, in three dimensions. A few years ago, whenever we looked at X-rays, we looked at X-Rays in two dimensions, as in we see height and width. Now with the 3D technology, we can see height, width, and depth thus making planning for implant placement more accurate and predictable.
We can see inside where your all vital structures are. It’s very important to see what’s going on before you place the implant. You can predict if you need any sinus augmentation, as in sinus graft, or if there are any vital structures close to the implants. It is a very important tool to have when placing implants.
How long before I have teeth after placing implants?
Generally after 4-6 months depending on the location in the mouth, sometimes you can have teeth within 2 weeks.
How long does it take to place implants?
The entire procedure generally takes about an hour.
Do I need to take the day off?
It would be advisable to take the day off and relax, but if your job involves little talking you can generally go back to work the same day.
Is there an age limit?
There is no upper age limit for this treatment. It is the state of your health and condition of your mouth which will determine if you are suitable for this treatment. You may, however, be too young for an implant if you are still growing.
Are dental implants safe?
Implants are a well-established treatment option. They have been tried for many years and there are many scientific studies on this treatment. Most implants are made of titanium which is widely used in the body and is rarely rejected.
How long do dental implants last?
As implants are similar to natural teeth if they are looked after they should last for many years.