Frequently Asked Questions about dental implants

Frequently Asked Questions about dental implants2018-11-20T15:36:29+00:00
A dental implant is a small titanium screw which is placed in your jaw to act as a permanent root. This screw integrates with the bone around it (osseointegration), and creates a strong foundation to support a dental crown, bridge or fixed denture.
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is known for its biocompatibility – because of this the human body does not consider the implant a foreign material so rejection cannot occur. Megagen implants are made from “commercially pure” titanium, which has been chosen for its strength, lightness and biocompatibility. Megagen dental implants are also treated with calcium molecules to further aid integration with the surrounding bone. The risk of infection around a healed and ‘active’ dental implant is the same as with your natural teeth. This is why practising good dental hygiene and regularly visiting your hygienist and dentist is so important.
Dental Implants are a long-lasting solution for single or multiple missing teeth and are easily cared for with brushing and flossing – just like your natural teeth. So, routine check-ups with your dentist and hygienist will help your implants stay healthy.

No matter what age or gender, dental implants can help any patient. Health and not age is the usual determining factor for prospective patients. Dental implant candidates may range from young adults (who have stopped growing) with congenitally missing teeth, adults who have suffered a trauma (accident) causing tooth loss, denture users, or people who suffer with uncomfortable or conspicuous bridges or partials.

Some patients have had their implants for over 30 years. The long-term success of an implant depends on your general state of health, oral hygiene and follow up care, both with your dentist and at home. The majority of implants which fail to succeed do so for the same reasons as with natural teeth – poor dental hygiene or trauma. However, some patients may be more prone to an implant failure, for example patients with chronic gum disease, smokers and other such external factors.
The cost of dental implant treatment can vary greatly, dependent on what procedures you will need. Sometimes if there have been teeth missing from the area for a long time, grafts will be required to build a strong base for the implants to osseointegrate with. Your dental practitioner will be able to give you a quote based on your individual circumstances.