Local Expert Blog: All About Dental Implants
Saturday March 9th, 2019
Posted at 11:00am
Guest Article By Dr. Peter Siedlakowski
Are artificial metal roots that are placed in the jaw in areas of missing teeth to hold in a crown which serves as teeth to restore function (chewing) and aesthetics. The application of implants could be as simple as a one tooth replacement or multiple implants could be placed to retain a denture.
What the benefits of have a dental implant?
- Help in the retention of dentures providing greater bite force ability.
- Prevent further loss of bone after a tooth extraction. Therefore, maintaining facial aesthetics.
- Unlike bridges they don’t require the cutting of teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
- Are more comfortable than dentures.
- Usually don’t require additional hygiene products to maintain it.
Am I fit to have a dental implant?
Although most people are good candidates for dental implants, there are some exceptions which include but not limited to:
- Age: children under the age of 21 are not good candidates because their bones are still developing.
- Inadequate oral hygiene: physical or mental disability limiting the quality of oral hygiene, or inadequate oral hygiene practices, may limit the success of the implant.
- Bone loss: some patients might no have sufficient bone to place an implant, therefore additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of the implant.
- Pregnancy: general anaesthesia or other medications may be a risk for the unborn baby’s health.
- Diabetes: uncontrolled cases increase the risk of complications including infections, delayed healing and ultimately failure of the implant.
- Certain medical conditions such as: haemophilia, rheumatic fever, heart problems, facial radiation, blood thinners, etc.
What to expect with a dental implant?
Like most medical procedures, there is always a risk associated with treatment provided. Dental implants fail on average 1 in every 20 cases for reasons such as:
- The has low density in the area
- Location of the implant restricting oral hygiene practices
- Patients general health influencing the healing process.
Additionally, variations in success are case dependent. It is therefore important to discuss with your dental professional your expectations regarding success and aesthetic outcomes of the dental implant.