Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth. If you have a missing tooth – or teeth – you can restore your smile with one or more dental implants.

The implant is a metal structure, much like a screw, made of titanium. It is placed into your jawbone in a procedure carried out in a dental office under local anaesthetic or sedation.

Three months later, your jawbone will have integrated the implant. A crown can be attached on top, colour-matched to blend with your natural teeth.
When are dental implanted advised?
One or more implants can be used to replace missing teeth. Two or more implants can be used to anchor bridges and dentures.

There are advantages to dental implants as they are firmly secured to the jawbone. When they support a bridge or denture, there’s no slipping. Also, a bridge can be supported by dental implants without harming the adjoining natural teeth.
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
The condition of your jawbone will determine whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. We will conduct tests to measure your jawbone. If there is too little bone – or if it isn’t strong enough – an implant won’t work there. We will first need to perform bone grafting.
Is the treatment expensive?
The cost will depend on how much work is involved in your case. Implants are typically more cost-effective than bridges and dentures – and patients generally find them far more favorable.

Also, dental implants are more secure as they are anchored to your jawbone very firmly. They won’t come loose, and will look and function like your natural teeth.

With interest-free finance options, the cost of treatment can be very affordable over the long term. Ask your dentist if dental implants are right for you.
There are also a number of other factors to keep in mind. Implants are anchored into your bone very firmly (more firmly than your natural teeth) so there is security in knowing they won’t become loose. You will get artificial teeth that look, feel and work like your own natural teeth.