Are you missing a single tooth or multiple teeth and don't like the thought of a denture that you have to remove at night time?
Are you struggling to chew food successfully due to losing teeth in the past?
Dental implants might be the solution you are looking for and are now more affordable, and less invasive than ever!
Dental implants can be used to successfully replace single or multiple teeth, and allow patients to regain full functionality of speech, chewing and also appearance.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is most commonly a 2 stage procedure, the first stage being the surgery to place the titanium "screw" and the second stage to create a tooth on top. "Immediate" dental implants are possible, but is dependent on the patients suitability.
After careful planning and preparation, a titanium artificial tooth root is submerged into the jawbone. The dental implant is covered and left for 3 months on average. In this time the surrounding bone grows around the dental implant, making it one with the bone, in a process called 'osseointegration'. This makes the dental implant extremely strong, and unnoticeable to the patient.
Recent innovations in the industry have led to minimally invasive dental implant placement. No incision, "keyhole" techniques can be used with little to no post operative discomfort.
Computer Guided CAD/CAM surgery is also a fantastic innovation used here at STAR dentistry, please see the video below.
After the 3 month healing period, the dental implant can then be used to support a crown (tooth) on top. Either single, multiple or a full arch of teeth.
A dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth your dentist can provide, and the success rate is over 95%!
We are happy to offer a free consult to discuss if this treatment if right for you!
Scroll down to watch the video below on cutting edge guided keyhole implant surgery.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
Unfortunately yes, but its a very low percentage that do, and the success rates of dental implants is far higher than any other procedure in dentistry
What Are the Overall Reasons for Dental Implant Failure?
It is important to understand that sometimes, there are implants that won’t integrate with your jaw in spite of everything being done correctly.
Though they come with many benefits, sometimes dental implants fail. It is important to note that dental implant failure is not due to the body rejecting it. They do not create antibody-antigen type responses like organ transplants.
Implant failure can be divided into two categories. Early failure describes the situation when an implant is placed but fails to integrate (become solidly embedded into the bone). Late or long-term failure describes the situation where an implant has integrated solidly, but after many months or years, there is bone loss around the implant.
The causes of both of these failures are very different. In both cases, if we follow certain protocols in diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical protocol, and prosthetics the risk of these failures is still extremely low. Ten-year survival rates of integrated implants are still over 95%!
Some factors that affect implant success are as follows
- Bone Volume and Gum Volume
- Oral Hygiene
- Clenching and Grinding
- Radiation Therapy
- Systemic Diseases/Poor Health
- Bacterial Infections
For more information, book a free consultation with Dr Richard Tippett today.