Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The implant is a substitute for a natural root onto which we build a crown. This results in a natural looking fixed tooth. The alternatives are to replace the tooth or teeth with either a bridge or a denture. The down side of a bridge is that often healthy teeth next to the gap have to be crowned to support the bridge. Long term this compromises those healthy teeth. The disadvantages of a denture that it is removable, can be uncomfortable and makes your mouth more difficult to clean.
A dental implant is made out of sterile titanium and is similar in shape to the root of a tooth. It was discovered over thirty years ago that bone has an affinity for sterile titanium and if placed under the correct conditions bone grows in close proximity to the implant and cements it in. We call this phenomenon “osseointegration”. This titanium cylinder when osseointegrated is treated just like a root and can then be crowned or used as part of a bridge.
The success rate for dental implants is 98.2%. Age is not a contraindication for implants as it has been shown that they are equally successful in old and young people. As a surgical procedure is involved we take note of any pre-existing conditions and medication and give antibiotic cover before surgery. Implants have been shown to be marginally less successful in smokers so it is best to moderate smoking habits at least for a week or two after having the implants placed.
From implant placement to restoration of the tooth can take from 6 weeks to 9 months depending on how much bone is available and whether bone augmentation is required. Where the cosmetic appearance is important we routinely fit a temporary bridge until the implant is restored. In some cases if conditions are absolutely perfect, newly placed implants can be restored immediately
Implants are precision engineered from titanium and require several components which fit together to achieve the final result. In addition the research and development of these components has been very expensive. Our implant surgeons are dentists with additional postgraduate training in implant dentistry. Training varies widely from weekend courses to four years full time university degrees. We at 92 Dental only use surgeons with recognised university qualifications. When placing the implants we work in a sterile environment. Preparation of the surgery for each procedure requires intensive cleaning and disinfection to achieve hospital operating theatre standards.
There are many implant brands available to dentists as it is a very competitive global market place. Some countries in the world produce cheap copies of well researched implant brands. We at 92 Dental use the Astra Tech Implant System as the system is backed by years of reliable scientific research and with our pricing structure there are no hidden extras.