Dr JP Steyn is a prosthodontist specializing in the cosmetic restoration and replacement of teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium devices used to support restorations that look like a tooth or group of teeth. They are placed within the jaw. The bone in the jaw then fuses, or osseointegrates, with the implant.
Implants look and feel more like natural teeth than other prosthodontic solutions. Lacking a periodontal ligament however, can make them feel slightly different when chewing.
They can be used to support crowns, bridges and dentures. They are more efficient than traditional bridges, as the surrounding teeth are not used to support them, and are thus unaffected, damaged or stressed.
How long does it take?
The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from 3 to 6 months.
What are the main benefits of dental implants?
They replace missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, the bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jawline recede and change your facial structure. Implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so your face retains its natural shape.
Dental implants look more natural than other prosthodontic solutions. A better long-term alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. Your own natural healthy teeth are not compromised.
Implants allow for a more natural chewing action. Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.
Our patient came into the dental surgery with her two front teeth and left with two front teeth two hours later.
Our patient presented with internal resorption on the two upper front teeth. For adults, root resorption is an uncommon and troublesome dental condition in which the body’s own cells eat away and dissolve tooth structure. Internal resorption is defined as the loss of tooth structure from within the root of a tooth – part or all of a tooth’s structure is broken down and the body begins to remove mineralized tissue. This can lead to loss of the tooth.
The two teeth were removed and immediate osseo-integrated implants were placed. This was followed by the placement of immediate temporary crowns.
The patient came into the dental surgery with her two front teeth and left with two front teeth two hours later.