Many advancements have been made over the past few years regarding dental procedures. Fortunately, we no longer given only one or two (not so appealing) options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.
With dental implants we are now able to fill gaps left by missing teeth, however many there may be. Dentures and missing teeth are now a thing of the past.
Dental implants, usually made from titanium, are surgically placed into the jaw to mimic the tooth’s root. This procedure is pain-free and the discomfort level is minimal.
During the healing process, your jaw bone will fuse with the implant therefore creating a strong support system for your artificial teeth.
Once the jaw has fully healed, a small connector is placed into the implant making it possible for the artificial teeth to be screwed into place, giving you a natural-looking, lasting smile.
These artificial teeth are strong and function as your natural teeth and require normal oral hygiene practices such as brushing daily, flossing and regular visits to the dentist.
There are two types of dental implants. The first and most common type is the endosteal implant which is placed directly into the bone.
The second type is called the subperiosteal implant and is placed under the gum tissue but above the jaw bone. This method will be used for patients who do not have adequate height in their jaw bones to support an endosteal implant.
In order to qualify for dental implants, you would need to have substantial jaw bone in order to support the implant.
Furthermore, you would need to have good overall oral health and gums that are free of periodontal diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis and dental abscesses.
Dental implants look and even feel like natural teeth. They are strong, stable and fit comfortably into your jaw.
They help protect your bone from deteriorating which it would naturally do once you have lost a tooth. And in fact, it stimulates the body’s ability to preserve the jaw bone.
Even though good overall dental hygiene practices are still required when you have dental implants, cavity formation is significantly minimised.
Implants are built to last and another major benefit is that they do not come loose like traditional dentures do, leaving your teeth in your mouth and not in a glass of water on your bedside table.
Our dentist in Claremont, Cape Town has years of experience and is equipped with everything you need for safe, reliable dental implant procedures. Our qualified staff are professional and skilled and will ensure your experience is a pleasant one.
For more information about our dentist or other services, please contact us.
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