Dental implants are the most effective solution used today for teeth loss, ensuring comfort whilst eating and confidence when speaking. Implants are surgically embedded into the jaw using a titanium screw which fuses to the surrounding bone during healing, acting as a replacement root for the missing tooth. Suitability for dental implants is determined through analysing the bone structure. In some cases, bone augmentation or a sinus lift are required.
Dental implants are placed under local anaesthesia. After the surgery, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising with the healing process taking between 3-6 months. Positively, implant success rate is on average 97% and dentures, temporary crowns or bridges can be worn in the interim healing period. In our dental practice we use the computer-guided implant placement method to attach crowns, bridges or dentures to dental implants.
There are relative contraindications for implant placement such as uncontrolled diabetes, cytostatics treatment, blood clotting disorders and previous radiotherapy of the jaw or the surrounding region. The longevity of the implant depends mostly on good oral hygiene and attending annual check-ups. Under appropriate conditions and with a thorough oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.