What should I expect on my first visit?
Warm welcome on your arrival! Recording of your personal data, Obtaining your medical and dental histories, Taking x-ray(s) as appropriate and any temporary treatments when necessary.
How painful are the treatments?
Our priority in this practice is to make dentistry as pain free as possible and leave you with a pleasurable experience.
What are dental Implants?
An endosseous dental implant is a surgically implanted device which replaces the lost roots of a tooth. An artificial tooth, partial denture, or denture can be attached dentures, complete removable dentures, or fixed bridges that attach to existing teeth or rest on the gums. However, for individuals where this is not successful, eg those who have a weakened jawbone, who cannot manage removable dentures or cannot properly chew food, implants may be a preferred option.
What is involved in the implant process?
- Assessment and Treatment planning.
- Implant placement (depending on the complexity of the case from 1 hour to 4 hours duration).
- Integration period (This is depending on the treatment plan as it can be from 24h up to 6 months).
- The restorative phase (From two to four weeks).
- Maintenance (review every six months similar to normal dental check ups)
Will I be able to eat what I like afterwards?
Once completed, patients should be able to eat a normal, healthy diet with little or no difficulty.
What costs are involved in implant treatment?
The cost can vary, depending on the degree and extend of treatment needed. The full cost is therefore explained and subsequently confirmed in a written treatment plan.
How long will the implants last?
Once treatment is completed, a routine of careful dental hygiene and regular check-ups should ensure that implants last for many years.
Am I too old for implant treatment?
There is no upper age limit for patients to undergo implant treatment, provided they continue to enjoy reasonable good health.
Is the treatment painful?
Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures.
What are the risks?
Complications of implant surgery include swelling, pain, bleeding, possible infection, and partial numbness at implant site. Nerve disturbances that may be permanent and bone fracture can occur, as can rejection of the implant. However, severe complications are rare.
Can I have my dental treatments abroad?
This is a new approach towards a cheaper dental treatment with no back up! As we travel more than ever before some people prefer to have their dental treatments abroad. Our advice on this issue is as long as the treatment is not complicated there is no harm to have some of the general dental treatments abroad. We do no recommend treatments such as Dental Implants, Sinus lift and bone grafting, Gum surgery, Cosmetic dentistry and facial rejuvenation out of this country. Because medico legally you will not be bond to no where and also if something goes wrong, correcting or repairing that problem is more expensive and time consuming.
Why do my gums bleed?
Most gum bleedings are as a result of poor plaque control and irregular tooth brushing. As a consequence you will end up with Gingivitis or in more advanced cases with Periodontitis. For any other unusual bleedings from your gum you may need further investigation and possibly referral to another speciality.