Nitus Dentist
Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a revolutionary treatment for lost teeth. During the process, a prosthetic tooth is surgically implanted into your jaw to replace the missing tooth – it will look and function like a natural tooth and preserve your bone density.

Should I get Dental Implants or Dentures?

If you have lost teeth and are currently trying to decide between getting dentures and implants, there are quite a few factors to consider.


  • Dentures are removable but also tend to break and warp as time goes by. Dental implants are strong and remain fixed in place like natural teeth.
  • You need to remove dentures for cleaning. You can brush dental implants like natural teeth and require little maintenance outside of your regular oral health routine.
  • Over time, your dentures may shift when you speak or eat. Dental implants remain fixed in place and maintain their shape.


When comparing dental implants with other tooth replacement options, they are far superior in terms of comfort and functionality. 

How are dental implants placed?

The dental implant process is longer than most dental procedures. This is because the implant consists of three 3 parts – The dental screw, the abutment and the crown – and these plants are planned and placed in separate appointments.


Before any surgical procedures, Dr van Tonder and his team will meticulously plan your treatment process. Then, they will meet with you to discuss the different procedures and answer any questions you may have.


During your first procedure, a screw is surgically fused to your jawbone in the space where you lost your tooth. A team of specialists usually performs this procedure.


Once the site has fully healed, you will have a second surgery to connect an abutment to the screw. During the final phase of the process, Dr van Tonder will place a crown on the abutment, which looks and functions like a natural tooth. 


You can opt for a single implant if you’ve lost one tooth. If you’ve lost multiple teeth, you may need a bridge implant to replace them. Dr van Tonder will discuss your options with you and help you choose the best course of action.

How long do Dental Implants last?


Dental implants are a fixed, permanent solution for lost teeth. With proper care, your implant will last for decades.


That said, any tooth – even a fake one- is subject to wear and tear and will most likely need restorations or replacements as time passes. In addition, we find that molar implants need replacing more frequently than implants placed at the front of the mouth because they are used for chewing.


Dental implants usually need to be replaced every 10 – 20 years, depending on your oral hygiene routine and how often you continue to visit the dentist. If you stick to your 6-month dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to pick up any issues and fix them before they cause damage.

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