In recent years dental implants have become increasingly common place. Just like the teeth they replace, dental implants can be used to support single crowns, bridges large and small, and even dentures. They are made from medical grade Titanium such as you would find in replacement hips and knees and are placed in your jaw to mimic tooth roots, where they fuse to the bone creating a solid anchor for your new teeth. The evidence tells us that when well cared for implants can last you many years. Are you looking to replace missing teeth with dental implants in Halifax? Our team is here to help!
Implants are a terrific way of replacing teeth but sometimes it may not be the right time.
Young people should have stopped growing before implants are placed otherwise the jaws continue to grow around the implant. This means the minimum age is 18, although for some there is a degree of facial growth into their mid-twenties.
There is no upper age limit if you are well. However, some medication, bone diseases, immune problems and other serious illnesses may mean it is either not possible or appropriate to place implants for you.
The health of your mouth is crucial for the success of implants so any active disease should be resolved before starting implant treatment. Gum or periodontal disease is a particular concern and must be stabilised first as unfortunately we find people with this issue tend to have more problems and are more likely to lose their implants earlier.
Smokers can have implants but we would advise you stop before treatment as bone grafts tend to be unsuccessful in smokers and the long term prognosis of implants is affected.
Like most things, if implants are cared for, they can last for many years. Clinical evidence tells us that 95% of implants last 10 years. Unfortunately, a very small number of implants never heal with the bone and simply come out. The greater problem is with implants that are not properly cleaned, as like teeth, implants can develop gum disease. Bacteria left by inadequate cleaning first irritate the gum (mucositis), then the bone (peri-implantitis) causing it to melt away around the implant, this is usually painless. This is why it is essential your implants are checked regularly, your oral hygiene is meticulous, and you avoid smoking. Your dentist and hygienist will be there to ensure you have a maintenance plan and help you with any problems or concerns you have about your implants.