10 important things you need to know about Dental Implants


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No. 1: What are Dental

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Dental implants are a form of replacing missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, one of the options is to replace that space is with dental implants.

Basically dental implants have three parts;

  • a. a screw that is placed inside the bone,
  • b. a connector (abutment) that connects the inside world to the outside world and
  • c. a crown that sits on top of the connector.

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No. 2: Why should I replace missing teeth (teeth that I have had extracted)?

When teeth have been removed, your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation.

Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged.

Teeth also move and cause changes in your bite and ultimately jaw joint problems.

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No. 3: What are the benefits of dental implants?

Benefits include:

  • Comfortable and natural function
  • Stronger and secure teeth
  • The most permanent solution for a missing tooth or teeth
  • Speech impediment reduction
  • Restoration and preservation of the regular shape of the mouth, jaws and face

No. 4: What are the advantages of dental implants compared to bridges or dentures?

With dental implants, you have an individual tooth not connected to either side.

If anything happens in the future, it can be dealt with by itself.

Conventional bridges need cutting of your natural teeth and three or more teeth are joined together leading to failure of the whole bridge if there are issues in the future.

Partial denture (teeth that are taken in and out) are an option as long as you are comfortable with them.

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No. 5: Is everyone suitable to have dental implants?

Dental Implants are suitable for people of all ages wanting.

As long as you have enough bone to secure the implant.

Where adequate jaw bone is not present such as in cases of long term tooth loss, we do bone grafting and/or gum grafting procedures

No. 6: What if I don’t have any bone for dental implants?

In this case we augment the site with some bone (add bone to the area) before placement of the dental implant.

The augmentation can take place on the very same day as the implant placement or 3 months before the implant placement depending on the amount of bone needed.


No. 7: Can any dentist do dental implants?

Legally yes, but like any medical or dental procedure, not all practitioners have equal experience, training or comfort with implant treatment.

Not all dentists perform implant dentistry.

We at Smile Concepts focus our practice on implantology and oral (dento-alveolar and periodontal plastic) surgery.

We have a highly trained team to look after your health and well being especially when dental implants are a concern


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Both Dr Manish Shah and Dr. Kinnar Shah are trained and experienced in all aspects of implant dentistry including diagnosis, planning, implant surgery, bone augmentation and sinus elevation procedures, as well as prosthetic restoration and rehabilitation.

You can book a consultation directly with either Dr. Manish or Kinnar Shah, or if you are under the care of a dentist who can restore the crown (nonsurgical) part, you can be referred to our practice for the dental implant surgery.

If you are being referred we request that you have an OPG x-ray of your jaw sent with your referral, or made available at your consultation.

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No. 8: How long will dental implants last?

How long do teeth last?  They should last a lifetime.
However, we all can sight examples where teeth have not served for a person’s lifetime.
We know that dental problems mostly stem from improper home care or lack of treatment when needed.

The same holds true for dental implants.

With proper care and routine dental check-ups they should last a lifetime.

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No one can give guarantees because the health of a person is dependent upon many factors which are out of the control of one’s dentist, e.g., proper nutritional needs being met, proper hygiene, genetics, disease processes which might occur.

So, the answer to this question really is that no one knows how long each individual dental implant will last… one’s success can be influenced by the way you live and the quality of practitioner that you have chosen to do your implants… these things can tip the scales in your favour.

On average they should last from 5 to 20 years

No. 9: What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate depends on where in the jaw the implants are placed.

The lower jaw has a very good chance of success (98%) over 5 years.

The further back in the mouth you go, the lesser the prognosis, but this is generally over 90% over 5 years.

If you smoke, the chances of success drop by at least 30%.

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No. 10: Can smokers have dental implants?

We strongly advise patients to quit smoking before undergoing a dental implant procedure.

Smokers are at higher risk for dental implant failure.

Generally the success rate of implants is 70% over 5 years.

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Dental implants can be an important investment in your wellbeing, providing a permanent solution for missing teeth.

Every case is different depending on patient requirements.

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In general, as we offer comprehensive dental implants services, including oral (dento-alveolor) surgery and IV sedation at one location we are a cost effective alternative to visiting several service providers for varying aspects of your treatment.

General oral surgical procedures are carried out in a purpose-equipped clinic with an endorsed dental sedation practitioner, registered specialist anaesthetist, and registered nurse working exclusively in-house. 

Patients are reminded that all surgical procedures carry risk.
Before starting any recommended dental treatment, patients may opt to seek a second opinion.

Results can vary and the effect of alternative treatment options (including no treatment) should be considered. 

Visit our friendly team to find out more about our services and discuss the best treatment options for your situation.

Author - Dr Kinnar Shah

Dr Kinnar Shah

BDS (Gla)

Dr. Kinnar Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in cometic dentistry, porcelain veneers and dental implants practising at Smile Concepts.


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