Maintain lip and facial appearance
Minimal swelling and pain
Safer than ever, with the most advanced
techniques in DIGITAL surgery
Function & feel like real teeth
An implant is a often the best way to replace a missing tooth. The process involves placing a titanium screw into the bone and then connecting a fabricated tooth on top of it. They look amazing and feel incredibly real. No one will ever know the difference.
When a tooth is lost, the bone in that region begins to dissolve away (technically termed, bone resorption). In the first year following tooth removal, there is 42% bone loss.
An implant is the only way to prevent and preserve bone loss.
By preserving bone, the signs of ageing are reduced; which commonly involve a collapsed appearance of the face, increased wrinkles around the lips, poorer muscle tone and an upward rotation of the chin and downward rotation of the nose.
Above all, bone loss weakens the jaw, and makes it susceptible to fracture and poorer gum health.
The other obvious benefit of an implant is that you don't have to cut two perfectly good teeth, as you may do with a bridge. They can be flossed and cleaned like normal teeth, so are more hygienic and less prone to other oral complications.
Is it Painful?
Implant surgery is generally not regarded as painful. Tooth removal, such as wisdom teeth are generally much more uncomfortable than implant placement. Most people have the procedure done under Local Anaesthetic and are straight back to work. If you are anxious about it all, you can opt to be sedated during the procedure. Some post-op swelling can be expected if a bone grafting procedure is performed.
Implant placement involves 3 stages.
Stage 1 is placing the titanium screw into the jaw bone. This is left undisturbed for 3-4 months. This is to allow the jawbone to attach and grab hold of the implant. A process known as osteointegrassion. Meaning, becoming one with the bone. So Why 3 months? Every 3 months the bone turns over (that is, it gets replaced). So after 3 months there's a new set of bone and we can ensure this new bone is holding the implant. Now that we have the foundation in place, we can progress.
Stage 2 is shaping the gums to fit around the new tooth being placed. This is done by placing a healing cap onto the implant for 2 weeks.
Stage 3. A mould can now be taken to construct your new tooth for the implant. The new fabricated crown is attached to the implant, by what is known as an abutment.
Your smile is restored again.
There's just one more thing.
Since the bone holds the implant, its important to determine the amount of bone in the region, otherwise an implant may not be suitable. This is measured by a modern 3D scan, known as a cone-beam CT. Models of your teeth are then taken to detect how much room you have for a tooth. Your data is merged in a simulation software which will also simulate the implant for planning. This will show how large of an implant can be fitted and what to expect for the final result.
If theres not enough bone, you may require a bone graft. This can be bovine (cow) bone, an allogenic graft (human bone) or autografted from your own body. Your doctor will discuss these options with you.
Bone Preservation Grafts
WITHOUT BONE GRAFT
WITH BONE GRAFT
Doubling the diametre of bone increases the stiffness 16 times.
In engineering, cross-sectional rigidity is related to the second moment of the area. Such that, rigidity increases as the fourth power of diametre.
Implant placement + crown are generally $4500 - $6000, from start to finish. If a socket preservation graft is performed at the time of tooth removal, you can expect to pay an additional $350 - $700.
What's the Success Rate?
Implants tend to have a high success rate, if planned and executed correctly. Some people believe implants are for life, but generally speaking they have a good 15-20 year life expectancy.