Whatever the reason for having to replace a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants could provide the ideal solution.
Implant-borne teeth act exactly like a second set of teeth – and they also feel like it. If you’re interested in perfectly natural-looking teeth, as functional and strong as your original then dental implants could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
We can meet all your requirements with implants and explain how safe and easy it is to replace a tooth, several teeth or all teeth with implants. Unlike other forms of replacement teeth, dental implants are small metal or ceramic devices not unlike a screw fitting which are inserted into the jaw during surgery. Some people have real difficulties with removable dentures, implants can overcome these, in particular for eating and speaking and they may improve appearance. People will not be able to see that your teeth are supported by implants.
The Treatment Process
After a thorough examination and discussion on all possibilities and alternatives, an individual treatment plan is prepared. You will be advised exactly on the process and costs of your treatment in advances.
The implant insertion procedure is carried out as out-patient treatment. The gum is opened with a small incision and the implant is placed painlessly into your jaw. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and can be carried out under local anesthesia.
The gum incision will heal in a few days. After three to six months the implant has healed into the jaw. During this healing period a temporary tooth, bridge, or denture is worn. It is possible in some cases that the final prosthetic can be placed immediately after implant placement.
After the healing phase, small connection elements are inserted into the implant or implants to which new teeth will be invisibly attached to. With good oral health and professional cleaning your implants will last a life time.
Dental Implants for individual teeth
Single implants are an elegant solution even if you are missing several teeth in a row. Each tooth is individually replaced and the original conditions are recreated exactly.
Dental Implants for bridge
If you are missing three or more neighboring teeth, you may also opt for an implant-supported bridge. Here the new dental crowns are connected to each other and firmly attached to two or more implants. Implants can be used in place of bridges, when adjacent teeth may not be strong enough to support a bridge or if patients have spaced teeth.
Dental Implants for dentures
If you are missing all or almost all of your teeth in your lower jaw, implants will allow you to smile again. That’s because two to four implants are enough to grip tightly onto full dentures. The prostheses are attached with special fixation systems. When inserting the prosthesis, the elements connect to each other, holding your prosthesis in place.
Patients need to have healthy gums and be prepared to maintain good mouth hygiene and visit the dentist regularly. Some chronic diseases could interfere with the healing and make implants more likely to fail. Make sure you tell your dentist about any medication that you take regularly. You should also discuss your smoking habits with your dentist as smoking may shorten the life of your implant.
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