Implant Restorations

Replacing lost tooth through dental implant restoration

At Smile Designs we offer the entire implant process ‘in-house’.

Missing a tooth can cause embarrassment and loss of self-esteem, but not anymore. Our dentists can offer a number of options to restore your smile. One of the most preferred in this case is dental implant restoration.

Dentists have developed this procedure as an answer to tooth loss, which other options (e.g. dentures o veneers) cannot address. Lost tooth can be replaced with a dental implant secured in place by a titanium screw. For many people, this is the perfect solution to missing teeth, a solution that looks much more natural than dentures.

Installing the implants

Dental implant restoration is not a one-off procedure. It is a process. It takes two appointments done at least six months apart. The first procedure involves fitting the titanium posts that should be fixed into the jawbone. You will have to wait for 3-6 months, when the implant sites have healed and the posts have firmly adhered to the jawbone.

Prior to commencement an evaluation is made to assess the suitability of the jawbone to successfully take the implant (called integrate). This is doen with a 3-D bone scan

Let’s talk about the advantages

Most healthy people would always prefer dental implants over other dental appliance when they have missing teeth because implants look and feel like real teeth. Since implants are supported by posts planted directly into the jawbone, they stimulate mandibular function, hence keeping the jawbone healthy. Dentures don’t have this capability. Hence, wearers of dentures suffer from jawbone deterioration in the long run.

Implants last longer than bridges. In fact, they can last for a lifetime and only need adjustments, as recommended by your dentist. Alternatives like bridges and dentures will have to be replaced at some point.

Smiles look bright and natural. One common complaint of people wearing dentures is that they can’t smile or speak properly. They’re always aware of the device inside their mouths, which they have to keep from getting loose or falling off. With implants, you don’t have to struggle to speak. You can even laugh with friends at a funny quip without ever worrying about something slipping off your mouth.

You don’t have to worry about cavities, but you still will have to schedule in-office cleaning of the crowns, which can be done during your regular dental checkup.