What are dental implants

What are dental implants?

An imperfect smile not only affects your physical appearance, but also your self confidence and self worth. In the past, extensive dental treatment and dental services were needed if you were unfortunate enough to lose a tooth. Today, dental implants are available, giving you the opportunity to transform your smile and replace any damaged or ruptured teeth without too much fuss or hassle.

Dental implants shouldn’t be confused with the type of dentures that were manufactured 50 years ago – today’s technological advancements in dentistry has enabled dentists to create implants that look exactly like your natural teeth. A dentist is able to reconstruct a chipped, broken or missing tooth and fuse the tooth or teeth into the patient’s jawbone. The main benefit of getting a dental implant is that the implant can last forever and it is extremely natural-looking.

How do dental implants work?

Before you receive this type of oral surgery, a dentist will evaluate your oral health during the initial appointment. Ideal candidates for dental implants are those who have healthy gums. The implant itself is made out of titanium and it looks like a screw with an artificial tooth on the end of the screw. The dental implant can either be placed on top of the jaw or it can be fixed into the jawbone.

The dental implant process isn’t completed in a single appointment – the framework of the dental implant needs to be fused into the bone and the patient will need to fully heal from this oral surgery before the implants are added (but don’t worry about having a gap in your smile – the dentist will provide you with temporary teeth in the meantime). Directly after the oral surgery you may experience mild discomfort, but you will be able to return back to work or school within 24 hours. You will be able to chew and speak normally soon after the oral surgery.

How Dr Cerny can help you

If you want natural-looking dental implants, make an appointment with a qualified dentist in Sandton, Johannesburg, such as Dr Cerny! Dr Cerny has been providing dental services for a number of years and she has helped many patients perfect their smiles with dental implants.