Dental implants are one of the most life-changing dental treatments out there, giving patients back their ability to chew, smile, and kiss with confidence. Implants offer the same level of functionality and aesthetics as real teeth and are superior to dentures as they are a fixed solution that preserve the jawbone.
People who have been missing teeth for any length of time experience jawbone loss due to years of wearing dentures. A dental implant is possibly one of the most significant investments you can make for your long-term well-being and provides a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Implants and your jawbone
Replacing your tooth’s root makes all the difference when it comes to dental implants, as this is what enables them to become a permanent part of your body. An ‘implant’ is a tiny titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jawbone and left to fuse with the bone over a period of 6 months – a process known as osseointegration. During this process, tissues begin to grow around the implant, restoring structure to your jawbone. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable and cannot offer the same support. This means your jawbone will begin to shrink over time, due to the lack of stimulation.
Once your implant has successfully fused with your jawbone, your dentist here at Corner House can create a restoration such as a crown to place over the top. This is the aesthetic element to the implant process and will be created in the image of your smile, so no-one need know you have even had an implant.
Implant experts at Corner House
Here at Corner House we’re lucky to have Dr Andre Potgieter as principal dentist. His experience includes completing a Certificate in Surgical and Prosthodontic Implantology from Eastman Dental Hospital and a Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Francois Smit is also highly experienced in implants treatment, being a member of The British Dental Association, The Association of Dental Implantology, and The British Society of Oral Implantology.