There is no upper age limit for patients to undergo implant treatment provided they continue to enjoy reasonable good health. Our oldest patient was 93.
Periodontal disease is usually a slow disease and most people are not aware that they have it. The most obvious signs of periodontal disease are: bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste, red or swollen gums, loose teeth and receding gums.
Gum disease presents in many different forms, ranging from very mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis) with varying levels of soft tissue destruction leading to possible tooth loss.
We know that cost is a big question for anyone considering dental work. The truth is, only at the initial consultation we can determine the cost for your specific treatment. It depends on the kind of treatment you need, how long it takes, the number of dental implants to be inserted, the type of restoration chosen and the dental laboratory work that is required to complete the case. Additional costs may arise if the bone also has to be built up to support the implant. The full cost is explained in your first consultation and confirmed with a written treatment plan.
There is no reason why you cannot have implants even after you have had teeth missing for many years. The only real contra-indications to treatment are mainly for medical problems that have a systemic effect on healing.
Implants are generally placed under local anaesthesia. Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant treatment. However, if you are anxious about the procedure, you may decide to have sleep dentistry where you can be sedated for the procedure.
During the initial healing period, patients are asked to have a soft food diet to avoid putting too much pressure on the implant. Suggested foods are soups, smoothies, scrambled egg....
Once the treatment is complete, you can use your implants as if they were natural teeth. You can bite into an apple or chew steak, as long as you don't use your teeth for leverage.
Recent studies show the success rates of implant placement to be approaching 95% to 98%, a very predictable result in any medical procedure.
Your first appointment is an opportunity to gather as much information as possible to assist treatment planning.
Please remember to bring along any X-rays recommend by your general dentist. (Further radiographs may be taken for additional information)
Our doctors will discuss the findings from this information and outline the nature of your condition. We will explain what dental implications you may have and how that will affect the future of your teeth.
Once placed, implants cannot be felt. Titanium implants are completely biocompatible and tolerated by the body like natural teeth.
Dental Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. Photos and models of your mouth are used to plan the replacement teeth for aesthetics, function and speech. Implants are carefully shade matched to blend in with your natural teeth.