Teeth replacement

Dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth

Implants are the perfect solution for most people with missing teeth.
Dental implants are metal rods about a centimeter long that are placed
inside the jawbone and serve the same purpose as the roots of teeth.
Dental implants are used to replace individual or multiple teeth and are
becoming a popular alternative to traditional dentures.

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental implant is a small “anchor” made of titanium.  It is inserted into the jawbone to replace your missing tooth root.  A prosthetic replacement tooth is then secured to the top of the implant.  For example, a denture, crown or bridge.  Titanium implants are very durable, and well accepted by the human body (biocompatible).  When titanium is placed into the bone, it comes in contact with oxygen witch forms a layer around the titanium pin called titanium-oxide.  It’s this layer of titanium-oxide that actually fuses the bone to the pin. Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth, dental implants are effective and preferable treatment option.

How long is the procedure and does it includes surgery?

Dr. Marx is one of the most know Dr’s for the placement of implants in South-Africa.  Placing implants is not a breath taking procedure and doesn’t include any hospitalization or anesthetic process.  Implants are done in the dental chair and take approximately 5-10min per implant.  Sounds easy but require a great hand of skill to perform.

Are you a candidate for dental implants

If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to have an implant.  Whether your missing teeth are the result of injury, disease or decay, dental implants are often the best solution.  General good health and adequate bone in the jaw are the key requirements.  If you are not sure whether dental implants can work for you, please feel free to call us.

Dental bridges for the replacement of missing teeth

Bridges are tooth-colored material dental appliances (fixed or removable) replacing lost teeth.  Bridgework looks and functions almost like the real thing.  All-ceramic bridges can hardly be distinguished from natural teeth, are highly aesthetic, and retain a natural appearance under all light conditions.

Fixed Dental bridges

A fixed dental bridge replaces one or more missing natural teeth.  It cannot be removed by the patient.  It is cemented into place and is firmly attached to the prepared natural teeth that are next to it, or to the implants in case of no natural teeth available.  The fixed bridge can be made of porcelain fused to precious metal or all porcelain without any metal.  Given a choice, no one likes to have metal inside their mouth.  Apart from being ugly, metal can damage the opposing tooth surface by abrading (wearing) it.  Metal-free bridges do not damage the opposing teeth, and the aesthetics is much better. Metal-free bridges has one great advantage being it’s minor changes that can be done even after the bridges have been bonded inside the mouth.