Implant supported dentures are a good option for full denture wearing patients. Before dental implants, a patient who had no teeth at all was limited to wearing complete dentures. The retention and stability of those dentures became poorer as a result of the jaw bone remodelling. With jaw bone shrinkage over time, their fit and ability to function like natural teeth become more inefficient and unpredictable.
Adequate stability of your full denture can be achieved from as little as two dental implants, creating a removable denture that sits securely into place restoring close to a natural function.
Did you know?
Implants prevent slippage and secure dentures in place.
Painful sore spots of the gums are prevented when dentures clip onto implants
Implants reduce on-going bone loss from denture use and help keep your natural facial structure.
Dentures supported by implants are smaller, allowing you to naturally pronounce words.
The feedback we consistently receive from our patients is that “there was much less pain than they ever thought”. And that it hurt more to have a tooth removed.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implant?
Like natural teeth, dental implants need to be flossed and brushed twice daily, consistently. This ensures healthy gums and bone around them. You also have to attend the dentist 6 monthly for routine checks and cleans as required and to avoid harmful habits like using your teeth as tools.
How Long Does It Take?
The actual placement/ insertion of the implant into the jaw bone takes just under an hour. This procedure is preceded by a pre-treatment visit where we take a 3D xray (CBCT) and optical scans of your teeth to determine the amount of bone you have, the location of important structures like nerves and sinuses, and even fabricate a special stent to help place the implant in an optimum position. At the time of implant insertion, its stability is tested, and checked again three months later before connecting a crown.
How Much Do They Cost?
Their long-term value far exceeds that of other tooth restoration methods, and there is no question that they are a worthwhile investment. The cost of dental implants varies according to individual need and the extent of correction required. If you have dental (extras) health insurance, some of the insurers may cover a portion of the expense. Dr Joseph Tidimane will be happy to provide you with a detailed price quote during your personal consultation. Our reception staff will be able to talk you through the option of an interest free payment plan, which may help make this dental treatment accessible.
It is recommended that you brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes, twice a day spending at least 30seconds on each quarter of your mouth. Flossing is recommended once a day. Toothbrushing and flossing remove dental plaque, which if not removed, causes dental cavities and gum disease. A common question is, which is better an electric or manual toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes were first introduced in 1954, initially created for patients with limited motor skills and for orthodontic patients. They make rapid automatic rotating-oscillating or vibrating motions of the bristles to clean the teeth. They require minimal input from the person using them to keep the teeth clean. The manual toothbrush movements depend on the actions you perform as you clean to ensure removal of plaque and food debri. You would think that since a person cannot match the speeds of electric toothbrushes, an electric toothbrush is a more efficient choice. Whilst studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are slightly more efficient than manual toothbrushes, this is clinically insignificant. This means both the manual and EB are effective at removing plaque, if used properly.
It is perhaps best to look at the pros and cons of each method to determine which one is best for you
Your oral health will remain at optimum levels as long as you consistently and correctly brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes (despite the type of toothbrush you use) twice daily. Toothbrushes or brush heads need to be replaced every three months or before if the bristles are flared. If you are sitting on the fence about whether or not buy an EB, talk to one of our dentist at your next dental visit.