Dental implants are the standard of care for tooth replacement. They integrate with the bone to provide support for crowns and dentures.
What will happen without treatment?
Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.
If I want dental implants, how do I start the process?
Getting dental implants begins as every dental procedure does: with a visit to your general dentist. He or she is in the best position to consider your request, examine your current condition and your past records, then help you make an informed decision. Your general dentist can then refer you to a specialist—or several specialists—who are trained to handle your specific dental concerns.
Dental implants are a specialty in dentistry and not all general dentists have the background necessary to provide their patients with dental implants. It is up to you to ask your dentist if he or she has the proper education and experience.
What should I know before having dental implant surgery?
Your selected dental professional should thoroughly explain your dental implant surgery to you, from before it begins, through the procedure, and all after-care. You will be given an informed consent form to read and sign prior to surgery. Make sure you read this form thoroughly.
Can a general dentist perform dental implant surgery?
Some general dentists have taken the extra training necessary to perform dental implant surgery and some have not. You should ask your dental professional if he or she has had the training and experience required by law, and even if he or she has, it’s your choice as to whom you use for this procedure, your dental professional or a surgical specialist.
Are dental implants painful?
Most patients do experience some minor discomfort the first day after their dental implant surgery and may still have a little residual pain the second day, but when compared to tooth extraction, dental implants tend to be less painful.
Can I convert my dentures into an implant overdenture?
This is something your dental professional will have to decide, but it is not out of the question, so be sure to ask.
Contact Westhof Dental Surgery on 021 913 8401 for more information.