Dental Implants are Titanium screws which are placed into the jawbone where they become integrate with the bone in a process called OSSEOINTEGRATION. They function in a way very similar to that of the natural tooth root. If osseointegration is not established, the implant will become loose and will have to be removed.
Dental Implants Somerset West – Am I suitable for Dental Implants?
X-rays, and, in some cases, a CT scan will be done to check bone quality and density. Should these be acceptable and you are in good health, you will be a good candidate for dental implants.
Often, in a patient that wears a denture, the jawbone begins to shrink. As a result the ridge, which aids in retaining the denture, disappears resulting in an ill fitting denture.
An Implants reduces the break down of bone and, in fact, stimulates bone maintenance.
The sooner you decide to have an implant placed, the easier it is to achieve a good aesthetic result and the permanent loss of bone will be less.
Westhof Dental Surgery – How long do they last?
Generally, with good oral hygiene, regular cleaning and maintenance, Implants have a very high success rate.
Dental Implants Somerset West – Does it hurt?
In most cases, Dental Implants can be placed in the dentist’s rooms under local anaesthetic. In some instances, it is preferable to perform the procedure under general anaesthetic and in this case, a visit to the clinic or hospital will be necessary. Any discomfort experienced post-operatively, can be managed with conventional painkillers.
Is the treatment expensive?
As prices vary, it is always advisable to ask your dentist or specialist for a quotation. It is also recommended that you check with your medical aid to see whether your particular option has cover for Dental Implants and if so, what portion will be covered.
Components will be chosen to suit your particular needs and the cost thereof, as well as the professional fee, will be included in your quotation. Hospitalisation fees and the costs of medicine will also apply where necessary.
Dental Implants Somerset West – How is the treatment obtained?
Because implant treatment is a unique form of dentistry, not all dentists are able to provide this service. Therefore, in some instances, your dentist may refer you to a specialist for a portion or all of the implant treatment.