Dental Implants are the solution!
If you are missing a tooth or have unsightly gaps in your mouth and are considering a dental implant, come and have a Free No - obligation chat about your options with one of our dentists.
At the neem tree we believe that modern dentistry opens doors to situations that could be treated with difficulty before. At our practices we use the latest Implant technology to make sure that you receive the best treatment possible.
A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium, which is inert and well-tolerated by the body and takes over the function of a tooth root. The dental implant is inserted directly into your jaw to act in the same way as a normal tooth root so it can securely hold the artificial tooth in your mouth.
Since implants are anchored directly into your jaw, your other teeth need not be used as in the case of the bridge.
Implants can also be used to anchor bridges and dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is a dental implant?
A1: It is a small screw made of titanium, a well-tolerated metal that integrates readily with the body.
Q2: How is it fixed to my mouth?
A2: In order to take over the function of the tooth root, the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone by a short operation, usually under local anaesthetics. It subsequently knits painlessly with the bone, forming a solid base for the long-term, stable fixation for the final restoration.
Q3: How long does the whole procedure take?
A3: Depending on the situation it is possible to attach the final denture immediately after insertion of the implant. However, since long-term success is the main criteria in every implant case, this decision can only be made after your dentist has carefully considered the clinical situation. If the crown or denture cannot be attached immediately, an aesthetic temporary denture is placed until the time is right for the final restoration to be fitted.
Q4: Why are they better then bridges, dentures or other solutions?
A4: Dental implants are the most natural solutions to tooth loss, both aesthetically and functionally. They fit harmoniously into the dental arch and are not only fixed as securely as natural teeth but cannot be distinguished from your real teeth in either function or appearance.
In comparison to conventional bridges when dental implants are placed, the neighbouring teeth do not have to be ground to stumps in order to support the new teeth. Health teeth, which have to be damaged in traditional methods, are therefore preserved.
Just like natural tooth roots, dental implants transmit chewing forces evenly to the jaw bone. Just like with your natural teeth, the stress of chewing preserves the natural shape of the jaw. If this stress is missing, the jaw bone slowly shrinks away.
Security of fit is another advantage of dental implants. Patients are spared the disadvantages of conventional dentures such as painful pressure points and poor fit. In addition, the palate is no longer covered by denture material. This not only has positive effects on speech but also ensures that natural taste and the joy of eating are not compromised.
Q5: When can dental implants be used?
A5: When disease leads to tooth loss, when an accident leaves a tooth gap and also when teeth have been missing since birth.
Q6: Who are dental implants suitable for?
A6: For nearly all age groups, they can be used as soon as jaw growth is complete. Apart from this restriction, implants can provide an optimal solution for all age groups.
Q7: Are there any requirements for successful treatment?
A7: The basic requirements for successful dental implant treatment are a good general state of health, good oral hygiene and adequate bone quality and volume. If the bone volume is insufficient to support an implant there are various ways of restoring the bone to prepare it for successful implantation.
Q8: Are dental implants safe?
A8: Yes, 40 years of intensive independent research shows that the use of dental implants since the 1960s has been investigated in over 10 000 scientific studies. There have been long-term studies into implant solutions for over 15 years, which clearly confirm the high success rate of over 96%.
Q9: What can I do to achieve long-term success?
A9: As with natural teeth, you will require regular check-ups and a conscientious oral hygiene routine in order to take care of the teeth on your dental implants. Appropriate care together with careful treatment planning and correct insertion of the implant are the most important requirements for long-term success.