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Dental Implants | Your questions answered

An Implant provides the function and look of a natural tooth, and without the discomfort, pressure and ulcers generally experienced with dentures.

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What are Dental Implants?

Implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth. 

They can replace a single tooth, a few missing teeth, or even a whole of mouth of missing teeth. They look and function just like the rest of your teeth, and if expertly placed can last a lifetime.

An Implant provides the function and look of a natural tooth, and without the discomfort, pressure and ulcers generally experienced with dentures.

When an Implant is placed with care and precision, you should be able to eat and speak normally without thinking about it being there.

How do Dental Implants work?

Implants are titanium screws that are placed beneath your gums and in your jawbone. These are used as the supports that your replacement teeth are fixed to.

An implant is made of medical grade titanium. They encourage natural bone to form around the implant, and with time will actually fuse to it.

This process is called osseointegration, and generally takes around 3 months. After this, replacement teeth can be permanently attached to your implants.

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What is the Dental Implant process?

The process is generally made up of two phases. The first involves placing the Implant, which is a minor surgical procedure. The Implant is left untouched for 3 months to heal and fuse to your jawbone.

After 3 months, we will check to make sure that your Implant is strongly fused to your jawbone. We will then take the calculations we need to design your permanent teeth, which we can then place after a couple of weeks.

Consultation | Dental Implants are a highly technical and personalised form of treatment, and we want you to explain your goals to us in detail. We will look at your oral and medical health to make sure Implants are a good option for you.

Planning | We will generally need you to have a 3D facial scan to assess the quality of your jaw bone. This will make sure us to see if you have adequate bone for Implant treatment, or whether you need additional procedures such as bone grafting.

Placement | With planning complete, you are ready for your Implant surgery. This can be done under either a General or Local Anaesthetic. Recovery from Implant surgery is fairly minimal, with little in the way of swelling or discomfort.

Teeth | Your Implants will take 3 months before they become fully fused to your jawbone. At this point we can design your permanent, porcelain teeth, which we will be able to place after a few weeks.

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How long do Dental Implants last?

Expertly placed implants are designed to last for life. This makes them the ideal solution to replace missing teeth.

The teeth attached to implants may require some maintenance over time. The porcelain may chip, or the screw holding the crown in place may loosen.

These are relatively simple things to fix if picked up early, and is another reason we like to see you for regular check-ups every 6 months.

Are Dental Implants expensive?

Dental Implants are an investment in your quality of life, appearance and health. They don't decay, suffer from toothaches, or experience gum disease, and cost less in the long run than the constant replacement of dental work.

At first, some people may feel that Implants are more expensive when looking at their options for treatment. Whilst this is true, Implants are a permanent solution compared to shorter-term alternatives like dentures.

Dental implants are a greater initial investment, but one that is designed to last. If an Implant is properly placed by us, and cared for by you, than you can expect it to last for a lifetime.

As far as cost goes, every person is different and has their own individual needs. After your consultation with us, we can determine exactly what your needs are, and provide you with all of your treatment options.

What happens if I don't replace my missing teeth?

At first it might not seem like a big deal losing some of your teeth. It will usually take time to feel the effects this has on the rest of your mouth.

When you lose a tooth, the teeth around it begin to collapse into the newly created space. You will find it increasingly difficult to clean around these teeth, creating gum problems and decay that can lead to the loss of other teeth.

As you lose more teeth, the force that you generate when chewing becomes spread over fewer and fewer teeth. The increased stress on your remaining teeth often leads to tooth fracture and jaw joint pain. 

This also leads to a loss of jawbone stimulation which can result in bone loss.

We like to emphasise that prevention and early treatment is always less involved an expensive than waiting until a problem becomes more serious.

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Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth is generally suitable for Implants. Age is not usually a factor, with adults of almost any generation being able to benefit from Implants.

The most important thing is having enough healthy bone to house the Implant, with healthy gum tissue that is free of disease. This is assessed by using a CT scan that measures the 3D volume of your jawbone.

There are some conditions that can affect whether Implants are right for you. Anything that impacts on your body's immune system and ability to heal, might influence the success of Implant treatment.

This includes medical issues such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal disease, any of which may affect whether Implants will fuse to your bone.

It is important to let us know your current medical status together with all the medications you are taking, so that we can take the appropriate measures to ensure the best success of your treatment.

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How do I clean around my Dental Implants?

Cleaning your dental implants is quite simple and you will definitely need to clean daily around the implants to ensure they stay hygienic.

Brushing as well as flossing is of great importance and dental implants should be treated with the same care as your real teeth.

There may be the need for a prescription mouth rinse which can further help you keep your implants healthy and free from any possible infection.

Electric toothbrushes can also be helpful for cleaning around Implants. Other cleaning aids may be recommended during your consultation.

In addition to home care, it is important to maintain regular visits with us to maintain the health of your implants and your other natural teeth.

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Do I have to go without teeth while Implants are healing?

In the past, implant generally required people to go without dentures for at least two weeks after implant placement.

Over the years however, dental advancements have enabled patients to be able to leave the office wearing their teeth the day the implants are placed.

At Profilo, every patient and procedure is evaluated separately, and we may recommend that you go without a denture for a short period of time.

Are Dental Implants better than Dentures?

Dentures often make people feel older than they actually are. They cause pain and embarrassment, and make it difficult to comfortably eat a healthy range of your favourite foods.

They can contribute to the further loss of bone in areas where teeth are missing. Unlike dental implants, they don't stimulate the jaw to continue forming new bone.

Implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. They give people back the ability to eat, speak and smile, without feeling self-conscious.

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