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Dental implants are a permanent, fixed solution for replacing missing teeth. Throughout life, some people may end up losing a tooth or two. The loss of a tooth may seem like no more than a cosmetic issue, but the effects of lost teeth can impact your overall oral health.
Losing teeth can cause the structure of the jaw bone to change, making the bones weaker and more susceptible to moving. This movement causes the facial features to shift. All this shifting and weakening of the facial structures make it more difficult to chew, speak and smile properly - so missing teeth can become extremely uncomfortable.
The cost of Dental Implants varies according to each patient’s specific needs. Dental implant treatment can cost anywhere from R20 000 - R200 000, depending on your unique case.The cost may seem quite high, but dental implants at JJS Dentistry still cost far less than in overseas countries. In addition, you’ll still get world-class treatment.
Some other factors that can impact the cost of dental implants include:
If you've lost teeth and you're currently trying to decide between getting implants and dentures, here are some factors to consider.
When comparing dental implants with other tooth replacement options, such as dentures, they come up far superior in terms of functionality and comfort.
The process of getting dental implants is somewhat complicated. Dental implants have three 3 parts - The dental screw, the abutment and the crown.
The screw is surgically fused to your jawbone in the space where your tooth was lost. A team of specialists usually performs this procedure.
Once the implant site has fully healed, your team will perform a second surgery to attach an abutment to the screw. The final phase of the process is when the dental crown, which looks and functions just like a natural tooth, is placed on the abutment.
Dr JJ Serfontein can replace a tooth with a single implant, or multiple teeth with a bridge implant.
The implant requires no unique cleaning methods or maintenance. Regular brushing and flossing will ensure that your implant remains in good shape.
You must continue to see your dentist at least twice a year for a routine check-up. During those appointments, your dentist can examine the implant and answer any questions you may have.
At your first appointment, we'll discuss your specific dental issues and perform tests to determine if you're a good candidate for implants. This generally involves checking to see how much bone density and volume, and density you have in the area of the missing tooth/teeth. Next, we create treatment plans based on your needs and lifestyle. Once you're happy with the treatment plan, we proceed with further planning and diagnostic testing. These typically include a CBCT radiograph and digital impressions.
During the second appointment, we will place the implant. A straightforward dental implant case can be performed in under 20 minutes, but more complex cases can take 1 to 4 hours. We provide a wide range of anaesthetic options to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable.
The third appointment is usually scheduled 6 to 12 weeks after placing the implant. We will conduct a test to make sure that the implant has fused properly. If we are restoring a straightforward single implant, your final crown or crown will be manufactured and fitted on this day. More complex cases involve more impressions and further steps in planning the final steps.
The road to getting a dental implant starts with a customised treatment plan.
Implants are permanent fixtures in the mouth, so a lot of planning and consideration needs to go into the process. The process usually involves a team of dental professionals. The group usually consists of dentists, prosthodontists, periodontists and maxillo-facial surgeons - but your team is dependent on your unique case and the factors that impact your treatment.
Dr Serfontein will need to address any pre-existing conditions before placing the implant; he will walk you through any questions or concerns you may have. Some factors that may impact your surgery include gum health and bone density.
Under certain circumstances, your jawbone can begin to erode, and this process is called bone resorption. If your bones have started eroding, you may need a procedure called a bone graft. Bone grafting restores the jaw and creates a more solid foundation to support the implant. Once the team addresses your bone structure, they will schedule the dental implant surgery. During surgery, the team will place the implant screw and fuse it to your jawbone. You will then spend some time healing before the next step when they place the abutment.
Once that has healed, the team will add the crown, and you'll have a permanent false tooth that looks, feels and acts just like a real tooth.
With proper care and maintenance, your dental implant can last for decades. That being said, any tooth - even implants- are subject to wear and tear and will most likely need replacements or restorations or replacements as time passes. Molar implants tend to need replacing more frequently than implants at the front of the mouth because we use them for chewing.
Dental implants generally need to be replaced every 10 - 20 years, depending on your oral hygiene routine and how regularly you visit the dentist. If you stick to dental check-ups every 6 months, your dentist will be able to pick up any potential problems and fix them before they cause serious damage.
Dental implants are quite a complicated process, so you will require a fair amount of time to recover. For those that need jawbone restoration, four months of healing time between bone grafting and the implant surgery is typical.
After placing the screw, the bone will need some time to heal and fuse with the screw. Healing takes between six weeks and six months, depending on your unique case. The recovery process varies from patient to patient. Typically, you can expect your jaw to heal fully within 6-12 months.
During the healing process, you will need to stay away from crunchy or more robust foods such as nuts and steak.
Dental Implants are a massive investment in your comfort and quality of life. They are a comfortable, fixed and permanent solution to missing teeth, and they look and feel just like natural teeth.
That said, it is difficult to estimate the costs of dental implants because so many factors determine the pricing. Factors that influence the cost of dental implants include:
Thankfully, Dr JJ Serfontein will tailor a treatment plan for your unique case and will thoroughly explain the project and all associated costs with you.
Getting dental implants in South Africa costs a fraction of what you'd pay overseas, and you would still receive world-class service with highly skilled dentists that strictly adhere to international safety standards.
I love being a dentist - this is my passion.
Over the years, I have worked on hundreds of smiles and found that when you're genuinely passionate about what you do - it shows in the finished product.
Innovation and Creativity are key principals at JJS Dentistry - dentistry is the junction where art meets science, so we incorporate modern, advanced technology and techniques with advanced technical skills and artistic flair to create a stunning smile that will last till you're 90 years old.
The smiles I create are both functional and beautiful. They are crafted using the highest quality materials available on the market today. We craft them using a unique digital workflow, which controls the process from start to finish. With this control, we can maximise the value you receive as a patient and treat you as optimally as possible.
A large percentage of men and women over age 65 have at least one missing tooth. This makes them ideal candidates for implants, including people in their 80s and 90s. However, anyone at any age may be a good candidate for dental implants.
Prices start from R20 000 and can go up according to the patient's unique circumstances.
Dental implant procedures are usually pain-free. Although the procedure can be a little uncomfortable, the implants could help to prevent further discomfort and issues.
We will place the titanium implant in your jaw bone, right below the gums. This surgery generally takes about 1-2 hours for each implant being placed. After this step is complete, we will wait about 3 months before the final restoration of the tooth replacement.
Every patient is different and requires a different treatment plan. When you can eat normally after your implant surgery will be specific to you. Typically, most patients can begin eating a full, normal diet within one week following surgery.
Yes, dental implants are fixed appliances, so they never need to be removed.
Since implants are fused to the jaw bone, they are very stable. If you take good care of them, you can expect them to be just as durable as your natural teeth. When you consider the fact that they last for decades, they are a great choice for those looking for a long-term option. Plus, they look and function just like natural teeth!
Dentists have used dental implants for many years, and implant technology continues to advance. Today, implants are sophisticated restorations that highly trained professionals put in place. They’re one of the most reliable and safe ways to replace missing teeth.
Depending on how quickly you're healing, your mouth will begin to feel normal again about 1-2 weeks after your implant placement surgery. At this time, you should feel no more pain, and you can eat your normal diet and resume strenuous activities like exercise.
If you're ready to turn your dream smile into a reality, contact JJS Dentistry. Our team of dental professionals offer a wide range of treatments to transform your smile and boost your confidence.
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