Tooth implants are some of the most common, and most welcome, dental services. While losing a tooth or having to have a tooth extracted can be an emotional experience that ends up damaging your confidence, causing inconvenience or creating discomfort, the tooth implant procedure is one of the most effective and permanent solutions. And at our practice, we offer the best tooth implants in Johannesburg.
At Asnaan Dentistry, we are one of the best dental practices in the Randburg area and although we specialise as family dentists, we are also skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists. Our tooth implant service is ideal for patients of all types and much like our other services, we have made our tooth implant cost as affordable as possible. We are passionate about returning the smiles of our patients and this is made possible with our cosmetic services.
Tooth implants have undergone a lot of innovation over the past 10 years or so, and the result is a tooth that looks natural and will last a lifetime. You can get just one tooth implant or you can get multiple implants, it doesn’t make a difference to the quality and the durability of the implants. While these types of procedures are quite commonplace these days, any dental procedure can be nerve-wracking if you have never had it done before. For this reason, and many more, you should make sure that you have chosen the best dentist for the job.
Usually, a tooth implant will only be necessary if you have either lost a tooth or had a tooth removed. These days, the tooth implants you get are the highest quality and the result of years of innovation, and they are made up of 3 main parts. Each implant consists of the fixture, the abutment and the replacement.
The fixture is the part of the implant that is fit tightly into the jaw, to prevent the implant from ever moving. The fixture is designed to be secure, just as a natural tooth would be. The next part of the implant is the abutment. This is the part onto which the implant is secured to the fixture. And then there is the actual tooth part, which is the replacement.
The way in which the three bits fit together is going to depend on the manufacturer.
If the fixture is strong and secure, the implant will stay properly in place and you will probably forget that you even have the implant.
The tooth implant is something that was first develop in Sweden in the 1970s and then further developed in the USA in the 1980s. The main material used to make the fixture is medical titanium and in some cases the titanium will be coated with hydroxyapatite which is similar to bone.
Unlike other materials, titanium is more readily accepted by the body and so rejections are rarely a problem.
As for the tooth part of the implant, ceramic is generally used and they are normally metal free.
Fitting an implant is not nearly as complicated as it sounds like it should be. Usually, if the bone is in a good condition, the whole fitment process can take around 30 minutes, depending on where you are having the procedure done. The bone itself will have very little to no feeling at all. To start the process, the gum where the implant will be placed will need to be numbed. The dentist will then need to use a special drill to make the hole for the implant. The size and the shape of the implant will determine how much of the bone will need to be removed and once the bone is removed, the implant can be placed.
Sometimes stitches are needed to close the area around the implant but often the hole is so small that no stitches are necessary. After the procedure is complete, the dentist might prescribe an antibiotic to ensure that no infection sets in. There could be some pain after the implant is in place, but that is nothing a painkiller can’t fix.
The healing time, if all goes to plan, can take anything from 6 weeks to 6 months. The time it takes to heal from an implant is going to depend a lot on the patient because each patient is different. The quality of the bone and the amount of bone available for the implant will determine how long it takes to heal.
For the most part, the placing of an implant is completely safe, and there are very rarely any complications. To ensure that the placing of the implant will go smoothly, the dentist will usually refer to the patient’s dental and medical history to determine if the procedure will be safe, but for the vast majority of people looking for this kind of dental service, it is perfectly safe.
Much like other dental procedures that involve opening the gum, some aftercare planning is necessary to ensure that the gum heals without infection. The area should be kept clean via rinsing until it has lost its sensitivity from the cut.
In the long run, think about a dental implant as you would your natural teeth. While problems may arise down the line, they are nothing that a dentist can’t take care of. A tooth implant generally has an impressively long lifespan and should be problem free. Once the implant has settled in and the gum around the tooth is healed, you are almost certain to forget that you even have an implant at all.
Implants have a really high success rate and they are ideal for supporting the teeth next to them. There is also no worry about the implant aging or decaying, which means it is easy to maintain. And if the tooth does give you problems, there is also the option of using implant replacements.