What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth inserted into the jaw to anchor a replacement tooth. This cutting-edge technology stands as the optimal solution for tooth loss, surpassing traditional bridges in tooth preservation. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support, rendering them a more tooth-friendly choice. Furthermore, dental implants exhibit greater strength and durability when compared to restorative options such as dentures or bridges.

What happens after the procedure?

After the porcelain crown is placed on the implant, the new tooth looks and feels like your own! With proper maintenance, a dental implant can endure a lifetime. The image on the right illustrates the condition of a missing tooth before the treatment and the final result after the crown is affixed to the dental implant.

Do not worry!

Dental implants are remarkably natural-looking, to the point where you will soon forget you ever lost a tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth and aspire to regain the ability to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence, dental implants are the best solution for you.

What should you know about dental implants?

Is the procedure painful or dangerous?

The procedure for inserting an implant is performed under local anesthesia and is typically painless. When properly planned, placed, and supported by patients' adherence to doctors' recommendations, it poses no health risks.

Millions of implants are inserted worldwide every year, and this method is increasingly gaining popularity and acceptance as the preferred solution for missing teeth due to its numerous advantages.

Are dental implants suitable for everyone?

Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for dental implants. The determination of eligibility is made by the doctor. In some cases, it may become too late for the procedure as the bone beneath the missing teeth gradually thins each year. Additionally, the movement of remaining teeth can create inadequate space for the artificial root. Certain conditions, such as gum diseases, infections, or atypical anatomical structures, may also disqualify patients from receiving implants.

How many implants can be inserted into the jaw?

If you are eligible for dental implants, you can have as many of them inserted as the number of your missing teeth. The artificial roots, once placed in the bone, not only replace the missing teeth but also strengthen the jaw and prevent the movement of remaining teeth.

Can implants be used to keep dentures in place?

Yes, implants can be employed to stabilise lower dentures by utilising specialised clips attached to the upper portion of the artificial roots embedded in the jaw. These implants serve to prevent the denture from dislodging or shifting while eating or speaking.

How long does this treatment take?

The duration of the treatment depends on several factors and is typically divided into two stages. The dental implant must be first inserted into the jaw. Following the integration of the implant with the bone, a special pillar is attached. The integration process can vary, taking anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

The procedure is completed when the individually designed porcelain crown, aligned with the other teeth in the mouth, is securely attached to the top of the implant.

I want an implant - what should I do?

If you are considering replacing a missing tooth with an implant, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors. During this consultation, the dentist can determine your eligibility for the procedure and you can gain further insight into the benefits of dental implants. The treatment plan will be tailored to your specific conditions and individual needs. To get started, please contact the WR Dental Clinic in Port Moresby and schedule an appointment.
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