What are dental implants?
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
Do all dentists provide implant dentistry?
Not all dentists are trained in implant dentistry. It is important to understand that there is significant variation in not only the cost but the quality of your dental implant treatment. The factors that influence the quality and outcome of your dental implant treatment include the:
- formal qualifications, experience and expertise of the dental surgeon
- type of dental implant used; not all implants are the same
- equipment and facilities used to perform the procedure
- skill of the dental technician when fabricating the dental implant prosthesis
- dental laboratory and materials used to fabricate the dental implant prosthesis
When choosing where to have your dental implant treatment, please consider every detail carefully. There should be very little or no compromise in terms of the quality of the materials used.
Are dental implants expensive?
The initial cost of having a dental implant procedure is greater than that of a denture or a tooth-supported fixed bridge. If maintained adequately, however, implants can last a lifetime, making the long-term cost affordable.
When considering costs, it is also important to consider the ‘biological cost’ of dental treatment; that is, the biological impact it has on the tooth and the likelihood of needing future treatment. The biological cost of having a denture or a tooth-supported bridge is far greater than that of an implant, and when this is taken into consideration, the dental implant is much more cost-effective.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
How long will dental implants last?
How do I take care of my dental implants?
What are the complications that can occur with dental implants?
Dental implants are safe and effective and have a very high success rate. However, as with all dental treatments, there are risks involved when placing dental implants. These may include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
There are also several risk factors that may increase the risk of implant failure such as smoking and periodontal disease. It is important to discuss any general medical conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis with your dental surgeon before commencing dental implant treatment.
Optimal home care and professional maintenance will also reduce the risk of any future complications or infection so your dental implants can last you a lifetime!
What happens if I don’t replace my missing teeth?
Why are dental implants better than dentures?
Dentures are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear, making it difficult to speak clearly and eat a wide variety of foods. Many conventional denture wearers have a restricted nutritional intake – even when eating alone – as they find it difficult to chew their food. This restricted nutritional intake can have a detrimental effect on their health and emotional well-being. With dental implants, your new replacement teeth are far more stable, allowing you to function as if you would with normal teeth.
Additionally, as dentures sit on top of the gums and are not anchored to the jawbone, they don’t stimulate the bone, resulting in increased bone loss. Conversely, dental implants keep the bone stimulated, healthy and strong.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.