Replacing missing teeth with a dental implant, bridge, full or partial denture helps promote dental health. Filling in empty spaces in the mouth can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because odd-shaped gaps are vulnerable spots for plaque-causing bacteria to build up. Missing teeth also put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth because you don't have as much surface area to chew with.
A crown is a covering that fits over a damaged tooth to restore strength and chewing ability. Your dentist may suggest a crown after root canal treatment, breakage or if it has previously had heavy fillings. Crowns are prepared for every unique individual to help improve chewing ability and reduce sensitivity in the damaged area.
The procedure to have a crown initially begins with preparing the tooth and taking an impression of the area. The impression is used to create a metal or porcelain crown that fits comfortably into your mouth. A subsequent appointment will actually fit & cement the crown. The crown will restore the appearance and function of your tooth and will last for many years.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. Implants can replace one or several missing teeth. In some cases, instead of an artificial tooth, an implant can be fitted with special clips to hold a denture.
Do not require the cutting and reshaping of neighbouring healthy teeth
Are firmly secured in the jaws
Are usually more comfortable than dentures
Like natural teeth, are cleaned by dental floss and brushing with regular toothpaste
Properly maintained implants that are anchored by sufficient bone can last for many years, although repairs may be expected like any other dental appliance. The procedure involves three separate treatment stages. The implant is inserted into the bone and fitted with an ‘abutment’ or connector. A crown is then placed over the root to restore the appearance and chewing ability of a regular functional tooth. The procedure can take from three to six months or more from surgical placement of the implant to the fitting of the crown.
While most people can have dental implants children under the age of 17 years are usually not considered suitable because their bones are still growing. Smoking also impairs the healing process and may cause implant failure.
Costs of Implant Treatment: An estimate will be provided to you of your dentist part in the implant process. Fees for the oral surgeon, hospital & anaesthetist are separate from the dentist fees & these will be provided by the oral surgeon. As the actual treatment may differ from the proposed treatment, the final account may vary from the estimate.