Dental Implants replace missing teeth without interfering with adjacent teeth. They also eliminate the
pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and
gums, continuous shrinkage of the jawbone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking
of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort. Implant
supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone. Gum
irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are
With ill fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth and the facial muscles become tense
in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking
noises. You can secure your denture once and for all with implants. Special attachments on the implants
lock on to the underside of your denture, fixing it in place.
Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth. This allows you to eat
your favourite foods confidently and without pain. A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and
reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate area removed from your
upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food.
How long does it take?
Each case is different and the complete implant process can take from three to eight months. Time is
needed for your jawbone to grow around the implant and for your replacement teeth to be made. There are
usually three steps: 1. Implants placed in the jaw; 2. Healing phase; 3. New crown placed on top.
Is there pain?
Just as with any minor surgery, there can be some discomfort. Anaesthesia and sedation are used to
eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure. Most patients report that there is very little
discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they anticipated.
Are dental implants successful?
Research and documentation studies have proven the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental
implants. Properly placed implants have over 90% success rate at 30 years. Good oral hygiene is one of the
most critical factors to insure the health of your dental implants. We can instruct you on the proper home
hygiene procedures to keep your dental implants and remaining teeth clean and healthy. You can rely on
your replacement teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth for years to come.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone, who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay, may be a candidate for
dental implants. If one or a few teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge
can replace those teeth quite easily.