WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone
The implant material is extremely strong and biocompatible
It is placed in a simple procedure that generally is as convenient as a tooth extraction. Discomfort after the procedure is usually minimal
The bone grows to the implant and bonds to it by a process called osseointegration
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS?
An implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth a dentist can make
They feel much more natural and secure than traditional Dentures
Implants avoid the need to drill into adjacent teeth. This is especially important if these teeth are free of decay or fillings
WHAT IS THE COST OF AN IMPLANT?
In general, costs are closely comparable to those of other prostheses involving fixed bridgework. The uniqueness of each patient’s restorative needs means this will vary to some extent and should be discussed on consultation
As a rule of thumb expect approximately $3,500 per implant and crown
WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE AND HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
The success rate depends on where in the jaw the implants are placed
The lower jaw has a very good chance of success (average of 98%)
The further back in the mouth you go the lesser the Prognosis but this is generally over 90%
If you Smoke the chances of success drop by at least 10%
Research has demonstrated a long life once the implants have been integrated with bone
Longevity may be affected by overall health, Nutrition, Oral Hygiene and tobacco usage. Individual anatomy, the design and construction of the prosthesis and Oral Habits may also have an influence