Dental Implants

Dental implants have been used very successfully on millions of people worldwide for over 40 years. With >95 per cent success rate, dental implants are recognised as routine treatment for missing natural teeth. Their appearance and comfort can provide you with a confident smile and peace of mind.
Improvements in procedures and materials have given implants a high success rate (>95 per cent). Dental implants are likely to last you a life time!

Absolutely. 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!

Implants are not recommended for children under 17 years of age because their bones are still growing. However, in general anyone healthy enough can be suitable to receive an implant. There are some health conditions that warrant special consideration such as diabetes, smoking or alcohol abuse which may increase associated risks of failure. Remember, age is not a factor.

In some cases recovery is faster than a tooth extraction allowing you to be back at work the same day. Depending on the type of implant and replacement teeth selected, the total recovery time can be as little as a few weeks to six or more months. If bone grafting is needed, further time may be required. We will discuss your options with you and advise you on the treatment and recovery times.

As with any surgery, there will be some discomfort. However, most patients are pleasantly surprised at the level of discomfort post-surgery. Anaesthesia and patient sedation are used during the procedure. Your doctor will prescribe medications (ordinary pain killers) to ease any discomfort that may occur from some small bruises and gum swelling.

Just like your natural teeth, your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly. Daily brushing and flossing, using fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse to reduce the risk of decay in your natural teeth and regular six monthly checkups is required. At Gentle Dental, we can advise you on a suitable oral hygiene program.

Yes. Research shows that implants are actually stronger then natural teeth and compared to removable teeth (dentures, plates etc.), they have 100 per cent or better chewing efficiency. Dental implants allow you the freedom for you to enjoy your favourite foods, improve your health and your appearance.

Depending on the complexity of the treatment required and number of teeth being replaced, the cost of implants is similar to the cost of a dental bridge. The bridge requires the “cutting down” of adjacent teeth for crowns. Implant treatment does not. If bone grafts are required there will be additional costs. Typically, there is a fee for the surgical procedure and a separate fee for the construction of the replacement teeth and posts. The improvement in your self confidence, comfort, and appearance will make dental implants one of the best investments you’ve ever made!

They are made of inert medical grade titanium that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It will bond with the jaw bone over time to anchor the replacement tooth. Titanium dental implants have never had a biological reaction reported in their history of use. The end result is a replacement tooth that feels and functions like a normal tooth allowing you to eat and drink whatever you like. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth. With their ability to improve your smile, health and the quality of your life, it’s an easy decision to make.

Key Benefits
• Look and feel like your own
• Smile with confidence
• Improve appearance
• Improved comfort and speech
• Improve self-esteem
• Restore proper chewing and the full strength of your bite
• Eat what you want
• Eliminate irritated and painful gums
• No dentures to remove
• Maintain healthy adjacent teeth
• Long term results
• Prevent bone loss

Contraindications
There are few reasons to delay or avoid dental implants. Some issues to consider:
• Bone loss – Sometimes a bone graft or augmentation is needed to provide enough bone for successful implant placement
• Medical conditions – Uncontrolled type II diabetes increases the risk of complications such as delayed healing and infection due to poor blood circulation
• Smoking – Smoking increases the risk of infection, impairs healing and may cause implant failure by preventing integration with the bone. Long-term, smoking can also lead to implant failure by breaking down the integration between the implant and the bone
• Bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding) – Excessive grinding may reduce the success of the implant treatment because any micromovements in the implant positioning are associated with implant failure. However, this issue can be minimised by wearing a mouthguard at night.
• Pregnancy – because of the need for x-Rays during dental procedures, it is advisable to wait until after pregnancy
• Alcohol or drug abuse – Dietary problems, patients inability to follow the dentist’s instructions, or failure to maintain good oral hygiene are often associated with these forms of addiction

Failure Rate
Failure of a dental implant is often related to failure of the implant to integrate with the jaw bone correctly. This risk is increased for smokers, patients with diabetes and those who have poor oral hygiene. Patient compliance with post-surgical care is important to achieve long-lasting implant success.

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