A dental implant is a metal post surgically attached to the jaw bone to support an artificial tooth. Once in place, a restorative dentist or oral surgeon mounts a replacement tooth to the implant. See FAQs page for implants.
Dental implants are necessary when you have missing teeth but either cannot or do not want to get dentures, bridges or crowns. One of the main causes of missing teeth is advanced tooth decay, which can have several unpleasant effects on your body.
It is important to replace a lost tooth, as the consequences of removing/losing a tooth and doing nothing can grow into a much larger problem as time goes on. Dental implants play an important role in the overall function of your mouth, supporting a healthy bite, and keeping each tooth properly in place while supporting a healthy jawbone and preventing bone deterioration. The jawbone can deteriorate when a tooth is lost or pulled and not replaced. This happens because the pressure and stimulus of chewing preserve the jawbone in the first place.
Dental implants are the closest you can get to restoring your healthy, natural teeth. Implants are a permanent solution to your missing teeth that look, feel, and function like real ones.
Dental implant restorations are made from special materials that mimic teeth’ natural translucency and colour. When shaped and polished by a skilled dental lab technician, they’ll look so realistic it may be impossible to tell them apart from any remaining teeth. They may even look better and healthier! PLease note implants do constitute surgery so it is extremely important to ensure you are a good candidate with suitable bone density and no sinus issues. At Maida Smiles, we specialise in complex dental implant cases.
Once you have a dental implant, you won’t even notice it’s there. It will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile. Dental implants play an important role in the visual aspect. You may feel self-conscious about how your smile looks and feels, and dental implants can help with that. Your self-esteem and self-confidence are important, and eating comfortably (especially at social gatherings), smiling and laughing without pain, worrying or holding back are important. It will have a great impact on your life.
Successful implants work just as well as natural teeth, even providing added benefits. The bond between the implant post and bone will be as strong as a natural tooth, and the implants won’t break down over time from the pressures of biting and chewing. With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about cracking your artificial teeth or them ever falling out.
Along with being incredibly strong and life-like, dental implants do not become decayed, and they will never need a root canal. You won’t need to worry about them ever getting a cavity or needing treatment as long as you care for them properly and complete routine visits to your dentist. For patients needing most or all of their teeth replaced, this solution can also provide life-changing improvements in oral and systemic health. See the healing process.
Dental implants have a high success rate, but an estimated 5-10 per cent of dental implants fail shortly after a procedure or months or years later.
Early dental failure occurs within the procedure’s first three to four months. Patients will experience some pain and swelling after surgery, which can be managed with pain medication. However, if this pain doesn’t subside after five to seven days, you should seek professional advice. It takes between 3 and 6 months to completely heal.
Early complications which may develop include
Late dental implant failure and problems include:
Once you have an implant, your risk of developing gum disease does not disappear. Without proper care, you could develop peri-implantitis — another form of gum disease. Peri-implantitis occurs when bacteria builds up and affects the gum tissue and bone around a dental implant. Symptoms include: