Dental Implants

An Implant is a fixed alternative to a removable prosthesis. They can replace a single tooth, several teeth or a whole arch of teeth.

Medical grade titanium screws (implants) are drilled into the jaw bone to support a crown, bridge, denture or prosthesis. A dental implant is a metal post that replaces the root portion of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth (crown) is placed on an extension of the post (abutment) on the dental implant, giving you the look of a natural tooth.

If you have missing teeth but don’t like the idea of wearing dentures or a dental bridge then having a dental implant might be right for you. Dental implants are the best long-term solution to replace missing teeth.

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All on 4 Implants

The all on 4 dental treatment system is a permanent fixed replacement of teeth which offers advantages to alternative to dentures or deteriorated teeth.

It is the replacement of ALL teeth ON FOUR dental implants, which support them. It is a modern technique where the back implants are tilted 45º to provide the required support for total rehabilitation, function and aesthetics.

The tilting of the back of implants helps overcome bone deficiencies regularly found in the posterior areas of the jaws and most often avoids the need for bone grafting.

It allows for simple long-term maintenance and uncomplicated cleaning.

Zirconia implants

Zirconia implants are a metal-free ceramic alternative to titanium. The procedure to insert the Zirconia implant is the same as a traditional titanium implant.

If you are concerned with a possible allergic reaction associated with titanium, a zirconia implant could be a better treatment option for you. Several patients claim that these types of implants often look more natural than traditional titanium ones. Since they are made of a non-metal white material, they offer all of the advantages of a traditional dental implant while eliminating the risk of a metal allergic reaction. 

Dental implants have been shown to last from 20 – 30 years. Different factors are involved in the longevity of dental implants: 

– General health of the patient

– Oral hygiene and maintenance 

– Pre-existing history of severe gum disease (periodontal disease)

– Smoking. 

Failure to carry out meticulous plaque control could cause gum problems around dental implants in a similar way to gum disease around natural teeth. 

The way that you maintain your dental implant is fundamental to the long-term success of the treatment, but there may be other factors that may affect the long term success of dental implants. Usually “risk factors” could be eliminated or reduced to a minimum. Your dentist will discuss any risk factors that might be significant in your individual case. The main ones are:

  • Oral Hygiene; Complications are easier to appear in a person who has poor oral hygiene.
  • A history of gum disease; this makes it more likely to get gum disease around the implant. Therefore any existing gum disease needs to be treated and brought under control before embarking on any dental implant treatment. The implant surgeon will assess the condition of your gums carefully before recommending implant treatment.
  • Diabetes: Uncontrolled diabetes could affect the initial healing as well long term condition of the implant and the surrounding gum. You would be asked to bring your diabetes under control. 
  • Stress: A person with high stress levels are prone to have clenching or grinding problems, which can have a negative effect on dental implants.
  • A heavy bite or tooth grinding (known as bruxism) could result in breakages of teeth or porcelain restorations and loosening of implants or bridges. You may be advised to wear a night bite guard if you are a heavy grinder.
  • Smoking; the research demonstrates that smoking is a significant risk factor, Patients who are not able to give up smoking are not the best candidates for an implant treatment.

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