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Dental Implants are a fixed, permanent solution for missing teeth.
Throughout life, you may end up losing a tooth or two. The loss of a tooth may seem like no more than a cosmetic concern, but the effects of lost teeth run bone-deep.
Lost teeth cause the structure of the jaw bone to change, making the bones weaker and more susceptible to movement. This movement causes the facial features to shift. All the shifting and weakening of the facial structures make it more difficult to speak, smile and chew properly - so missing teeth can become extremely uncomfortable.
If you have lost teeth, and you're currently trying to decide between getting dentures and implants, there are quite a few factors to consider.
When comparing dental implants with other tooth replacement options, they come up far superior in terms of comfort and functionality.
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.
The road to getting a dental implant begins with a tailored treatment plan.
Implants are permanent fixtures in the mouth, so a lot of consideration and planning needs to go into the process, which usually involves a team of dental professionals. The group usually consists of dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists and maxillo-facial surgeons - but your team is dependent on your unique case and the factors impacting your treatment.
Dr Serfontein will need to address any pre-existing conditions before he can place the implant, but he will walk you through any questions or concerns you may have. Some factors that may impact your surgery include bone density and gum health.
Under certain circumstances, your jawbone can begin to erode. This process is called bone resorption. If your bones have started eroding, you may need a procedure called a bone graft.
Bone grafting restores your jaw and creates an excellent foundation to support your implant.
Once the team addresses your bone structure, they will schedule the screw implant surgery. During this 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, your team will add the crown, and you'll have a permanent false tooth that looks, acts and feels just like a real tooth.
Dental implants are a fixed, permanent solution for lost teeth. With proper care, your implant will last for decades.
That said, any tooth - even fake ones - they are subject to wear and tear and will most likely need restorations or replacements as time passes. We find that molar implants tend to need replacing more frequently than implants placed at the front of the mouth because we use them for chewing.
Dental implants usually need to be replaced every 10 - 20 years, depending on your oral hygiene routine and how often you visit the dentist. If you stick to your 6-month dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to pick up any potential issues and fix them before they cause damage.
Dental implants are a massive investment in your teeth. So, naturally, they do require a fair amount of time to be placed correctly. For those that need jawbone restoration, four months of healing time between bone grafting and the implant procedure is typical.
After we place the screw, the bone will need some time to heal and fuse with the screw. This takes between six weeks and six months, depending on your unique case.
The recovery process will vary from patient to patient. Typically, you can expect your jaw to heal within 6-12 months fully.
You generally won't feel the healing process as it happens, but you will have to stay away from more robust or very crunchy foods such as steak or almonds.
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.
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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