What Is A Dental Implant
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small precision-manufactured titanium posts, which we carefully place into your jawbone. Your bone cells will then bond with the optimised titanium surface, resulting in a solid anchorage for replacement teeth. This process, called osseointegration, occurs over a period of two to six months, depending on your bone quality. Implants can actually help to support and preserve the jaw bone that frames your lips and cheeks, and preventing atrophy.
Implant treatment can also help you to avoid the premature loss of your own teeth. The traditional option of using dental bridges to restore gaps often involves substantial trimming of adjacent healthy teeth. Such treated teeth are more likely to become decayed, are more difficult to clean, and often require subsequent re-treatment.
Dental implants are surgically implanted as an outpatient procedure, usually with minimal post-operative discomfort. Most patients return to work the following day.
During the implant healing period
When a tooth is missing or requires extraction, a dental implant is often the more conservative and best replacement option. During the implant healing period of two to six months, a temporary appliance can be worn. Thus, you will never be without a tooth during the process.
Reduced need for invasive procedures
Materials And Science
Thanks to mushrooming scientific research in biomaterials from the 80s onwards, we are able to utilise clinically proven bio-materials and techniques for bone grafting.
This means that most patients can undergo implant treatment with little need for invasive procedures that require bone harvesting from extra-oral sites like the hip and ribs.
Furthermore, hospitalisation and general anaesthesia are usually not required.
Our Implant Treatment Philosophy
The continuous growth in the demand for implant replacements can be attributed to their high success rates. This is supported by human clinical research, dating back 50 years, which demonstrates success rates in excess of 95%. Our own positive experience with patients over the last 20 years, confirms this.
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