Implants are now the preferred choice to replace missing teeth. This is because they are made of titanium, making them very predictable, with a 95% success rate. Titanium is biocompatible, so the body will not reject the material. An implant is a long-term solution to replacing a missing tooth or teeth, and gives patients a beautiful smile that they can be proud of.
The implant, which is a cylinder shaped, is surgically placed in the jawbone to serve as a base for a dental crown, fixed bridge or denture. The strength that titanium provides allows the implant to serve as a replacement for a long time, and it gives the patient the ability to chew and speak normally. When a crown is placed over the implant, it looks like a natural tooth and no one can tell that any work has been done. The crown will blend in with the patient’s existing teeth and allow them to feel confident that they have a great looking smile.
Our dentist, Nico van Rensburg, has been working with dental implant restoration for many years. He has recently completed an extensive surgical course detailing the most up-to-date implant procedures.
We can now offer these procedures to our patients.
There are many reasons as to why teeth either need to be removed or simply fall out. These can include tooth decay, gum disease, accidents, inherited conditions or age. Teeth can also be congenitally missing, leaving spaces throughout the mouth.
When teeth are lost, the bone underneath the gum shrinks to lack of stimulation from the teeth. Shrinkage can lead to changes in facial appearance and the face can collapse without support.
Implants are usually made from titanium and used to replace teeth, usually one or two or they can form the basis of a complete reconstruction of a collapsed mouth. Titanium is the one of the most biologically compatible materials we know and once placed it fuses to the jaw bone. Because of this, dental implants can be considered permanent.
There are a number of ways that dental implants that can be used. Usually they are placed into the jaw bone where a tooth once was using a small invasive procedure. The natural healing process then follows, which is exactly the same as getting a tooth extracted. This can take 8-16 weeks. During this time, the implant fuses to the bone. At this point, posts can be connected to the implant now emerging from the gum. On these posts the porcelain crowns and bridges are constructed, making either single crowns or complete mouth restorations possible.