Dental implants may be an option for people that have lost a tooth or teeth. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or a complete set of teeth, implants look, feel and function like natural teeth.
They are a reliable option that can restore original function and comfort and achieve excellent aesthetics.
Dental implants are an artificial tooth root fabricated from a very strong biocompatible material (made of titanium), which are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing.
Through a process called “osseointergration” the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing stability. This process takes between three to six months.
Once osteointegration has occurred, smaller posts called abutments are screwed into the implant and then the crown or denture are securely attached to the abutment.
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and with combination of good daily oral hygiene and regular checkups (every 6 months) the implants success rate will be high.
Benefits of dental implants
Since the implant is inserted into the jaw, the adjacent teeth are not affected, damaged or cut in any way.
Implants behave exactly like the roots of our own teeth serving to stimulate the bone and preserving it.
Implants stabilise loose dentures. Patients who have had dentures for a long time, usually complain that they are loose and cannot bite onto hard and crunchy food.
How long do they last?
The success rate for dental implants is the highest of any form of dentistry. Our body recognizes titanium in the same way as it does a tooth. Once this integration occurs, there are normally no complications if proper oral hygiene and regular checkups are maintained.
Who can have implants?
Regardless of the age, almost anybody who has lost one or more teeth can benefit from having a dental implant. There are techniques available even for patients who have lost substantial amounts of bone.
Is it painful?
Most patients say that the procedure is much easier and better than expected. There may be some discomfort afterwards depending on the number of implants placed. This is controlled by pain relievers.
How safe Is it?
There has now been over thirty years of research showing that implant treatment is safe and reliable.
At O’Halloran Hill Dental we are excited to offer this advanced dental restoration to our patients. We ensure a meticulous approach to implant treatment. It is an important part of our commitment to help our patients to keep a healthy, functioning mouth.