A dental implant is a revolutionary procedure developed by top dentists and scientists in the industry. For the past few decades, it has become an increasingly popular treatment, which can help patients who have had teeth extracted or as a replacement for a tooth that has fallen out. Straumann dental implants are constructed from titanium or titanium zirconium alloy, a strong substitute for a missing natural tooth root. An artificial implant is inserted into the gum; from there it acts as a base for crowns or bridges.
Patients with a myriad of dental problems can be treated with an implant, even people who have no teeth at all. In this case, a whole row of teeth can be manufactured and attached to just two or three implants to hold it in place, or a bridge device can be fitted that can be removed for cleaning by a professional. The result is natural looking, durable set of teeth that will stay securely in place.
If you think you could be a candidate for this procedure, Straumann dental implants are available at the Pearl Dental Clinic, and you can start down the road to a new smile just by making an appointment. Your first consultation will revolve around assessing the condition of the mouth and remaining teeth. Your dentist will then discuss the risks and rewards of the treatment at length. If you decide you want to go ahead with the implants, x-rays will be taken and 3D imaging used to measure your jaw bone and determine the best course to take from there. The dentist will design your implant restorations to match the shape and size of your mouth, and fit them precisely to your jaw. Some patients who may have been without a tooth for some time might have to have the bone in their jaw built up, to give the titanium implant something to bond with, this is because the bone recedes over time if teeth have been removed from it – this makes it impossible to place implants without bone grafting.
Straumann dental implants are considered to be one of the most well built high precision Swiss made dental implants and due to their special SLActive surface, they heal much faster than an average dental implant. Straumann are an industry leader in dental implantology and have one of the most respected dental implant systems on the market.
After your implants have been chosen and the treatment well planned, they can then be inserted into your gums. Local anaesthesia is commonly used in these types of procedures, so the patient is awake whilst the dentist creates a space in the jawbone for the implant to sit. This is not a drawn-out process, but it will take some time for the bone and artificial implant to heal to some degree of normality after the surgery is complete, it can take up to two or three months.
During this time, it’s important to maintain a strict oral hygiene routine, day and night, in order to keep the stitches clean until they are removed and to prevent infection. If the dental implant is not properly cared for, it can become loose, bad habits like smoking and poor oral hygiene will contribute to a shorter dental implant lifespan. A great quality set of implants should last for decades, providing they are well looked after. Straumann dental implants have a success rate of higher than 95% over 10 years as proven by extensive clinical research.
For patients who receive them, dental implants are a more permanent solution to missing teeth than say a dental bridge or dentures, they can’t be removed and appear as natural as the teeth around them. No one will be able to tell the difference. Furthermore, because they are fixed into the bone, they are much sturdier and, when chewing, they feel just like a normal tooth. Badly fitted dentures are uncomfortable, sometimes even painful, and won’t last as long as dental implants, take the hassle out of fixing your smile, opt for a permanent solution that will preserve your natural bone – millions of people have them, and don’t regret it, you could join them.