What is dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. This high-tech technology is the best solution for tooth loss. It is more tooth saving than traditional bridges, since implants do not depend on neighbouring teeth for support.
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts like dentures or bridges.
After inserting the crown made from porcelain on the implant, the new tooth looks and feels like your own! The dental implant, if maintained correctly, can last for a lifetime.
Missing tooth before treatment with dental implant
Final result of treatment after inserting crown on dental implant
Dental implants are so natural-looking that you will soon forget that you ever lost a tooth. Therefore, if you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence, the dental implants are the best solution for you.
Is the procedure painful or dangerous?
The procedure to insert an implant is done under local anaesthesia and is not painful. If properly planned, inserted and supported by patients adherence to doctors recommendations, it does not create any risk for health.
Millions of implants are inserted every year all over the world and the method becomes more and more popular and accepted as the best solution for missing teeth due to its many advantages.
Can everyone have dental implants?
Unfortunately not. The doctor needs to decide if you can be qualified for the procedure. Sometimes it can be too late, because the bone under the lost teeth becomes thinner every year. Sometimes the remaining teeth move and there can be no space for the artificial root. There are also some conditions that disqualify patients for implants, like gum diseases, infections or atypical anatomical structure.
How many implants can be inserted into jaw?
If you are qualified to have implants, you can insert as many of them as the number of the lost teeth. The artificial roots inserted in the bone, make the jaw stronger and prevent movement of the remaining teeth.
Can implants be used to keep dentures in place?
Yes, by using special clips at the top of artificial roots inserted in the jaw, the implants can be used to stabilize the lower denture. They can prevent the denture from falling or moving during eating or speaking.
How long does this treatment take?
Duration of the treatment depends on several conditions. The procedure id usually divided into two stages. First, the dental implant has to be inserted into the jaw. Then after integration of the implant with the bone, a special pillar is attached. The process of integration can take a few weeks up to several months.
The procedure is completed when the porcelain crown, which is individually design to align with other teeth in the mouth, is fixed to the top of the implant.
I want to have an implant. What do I do?
If you decide to fill the space of your missing tooth with an implant, you request consultation with a doctor to find out, if you can be qualified for the procedure and to learn more about implants. This treatment can differ according to individual conditions and needs of the patients. Just call WR Dental Clinic in Port Moresby and make an appointment.