During the last 30 years, the use of titanium implants has revolutionised the replacement for missing teeth. Implant supported crowns and bridges have become the treatment of choice to significantly improve patient comfort and functionality, while avoiding the need to drill healthy teeth to support conventional bridges.
Advancement in biomaterials and surgical techniques allow us to place dental implants even in areas where bone is inadequate. Insufficient bone can be a result of jaw deformities due to previous infection, or simply due to a low lying maxillary sinus floor.
Ridge modification or augmentation (through block graft, sinus lift) with the use of bone grafts has been shown to be a safe routine procedure. It can greatly improve appearance and increase chances for successful implants.
Dental implants can also be used to retain partial or complete dentures, therefore improving enormously patient comfort.
From current scientific literature, dental implants show survival rates that over 10 years are above 90%. Like our natural teeth, dental implants do require the same meticulous care through brushing and flossing. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant and the surrounding gum to make sure they are healthy and disease-free.