When Should I Consider Dental Implants?

What is a dental implant?

If you have missing or badly decayed teeth, then you should consider getting dental implants. You should also consider getting dental implants if you are currently wearing dentures or a dental bridge.

A dental implant is a surgical fixture placed in the jawbone. Your real tooth has a root. A dental implant is an artificial root that integrates in your jawbone and acts just like your real tooth’s root. A dental crown is then placed on top of the implant. Dental implants act just like your real teeth in form and function. You can bite and chew your food the same way you do with your natural teeth. The self-confidence that comes with getting dental implants will significantly improve your quality of life. They can last a lifetime if you brush and floss regularly just like you would your natural teeth.

It is especially important to replace the missing tooth with dental implants rather than dentures. Dental implants stimulate the bone in your jaw. If your jawbone is not stimulated by a ‘root’ your jawbone will disintegrate gradually. Making you look years older and affecting your health.

Also, if your tooth is not replaced by a new tooth your surrounding teeth will shift altering the alignment of your bite thereby causing tooth decay and gum disease.

People consider dental implants for the following reasons:

  • When tooth decay is so severe it cannot be repaired by a dental crown/dental veneer/dental filling.
  • After a dental trauma such as a car accident or falling.
  • Those using a dental bridge that is affecting the health of the surrounding teeth causing them discomfort and jawbone deterioration.
  • A patient who no longer wants to wear dentures
  • Denture wearers usually switch to dental implants due to the long-term cost savings associated with dental implants and the improved quality of life that dental implants provide. Being able to bite and chew your food again, improved speech, laughing without worrying about your denture falling out, never having to clean the dentures by removal and jawbone restoration are one of the main reasons for the switch. Your new appearance and your self-worth are another added advantage.

Basically, anyone who is considering or has a dental bridge or denture is a candidate for dental implants.

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Dental implant prices start from R10 000 per tooth.


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Chipped, broken, stained and misaligned teeth?

Most of us suffer from imperfections on our teeth such as chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth. At one-point dental veneers were only for movie stars. Now it is available to all.

Dental veneers are the same as natural teeth in form and function. Porcelain veneers try to replicate the look and feel of our natural teeth. You can bite and chew your food as normal and they wont ever fall out. Porcelain veneers can last a lifetime if you brush and floss regularly (2x a day).

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What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of composite or porcelain that are placed over the tooth’s surface. Porcelain veneers is the best option of the two as they look natural like your real teeth.

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What can dental Veneers fix?

If your natural tooth or teeth are not severely decayed or missing, then dental veneers or crowns can be a good long-term option. Dental veneers are the only treatment available that can physically change  the shape, size and colour of your teeth.

The following are common conditions that can benefit from dental veneers:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Undesirably large or small teeth for example, correcting a gummy smile

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The veneer process takes just 2-3 visits and can be completed in about 2 weeks or less. This is a much shorter time frame than some other dental treatments like orthodontics which could take up to 2 years.

Charmaine visited Silver Oaks Dental Clinic for a full smile makeover. She had previously decayed teeth, tooth loss, teeth protrusion and some of her teeth had the old amalgam fillings. Her heart health was at risk due to the state of her teeth. 

Dr Huson's solution for Charmaine's teeth included dental crowns and dental veneers. Dr Huson first gave Charmaine a thorough evaluation during the first consultation, including a:

• comprehensive dental exam, and a 3D scan was taken.
• treatment plan: Dr Huson had a look at her teeth and jawbone and gave Charmaine a treatment plan based on how many teeth needed to be repaired and the condition of her jawbone. 

A quote was then given to Charmaine and explained in detail what the treatment entailed. Digital Smile Design and the latest technology was used to craft Charmaine's smile and simulations offered to her to show her what her potential teeth could look like. Click here to learn more about Digital Smile Design : http://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/dental-treatments/digital-dentistry

Charmaine's second appointment was the crown preparations. Ten days later the final crowns were fitted.

It was such a pleasure to work with Charmaine - she was a delightful lady who enjoyed telling us a new joke at every visit ! This kept us in stitches as we tried to concentrate on our work..

At the end of all the work was a very happy patient who could not stop smiling from ear to ear!


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The pic above is of Charmaine who had a smile makeover done by Dr Roy Richard Huson @silveroaksdentalclinic

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What Happens If Your Missing Tooth Is Not Replaced?

You are not alone if you have a missing tooth or teeth. Almost half the population in the USA have missing teeth. By the age of 50 the average American adult has lost 12 permanent teeth according to Harvard Medical School. Tooth loss tends to become more common in middle age.

Missing teeth can make you look older, less attractive and increase health issues such as diabetes, cancers, and heart disease.

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What problems can missing teeth cause?

Appearance – It is very embarrassing to have missing teeth. It impacts your self-confidence and overall quality of life.

Crooked teeth – When a gap is left open due to your missing tooth the surrounding teeth tend to shift because that missing tooth is no longer keeping the others intact. Teeth can then become crooked or new gaps can appear. Besides a crooked smile a missing tooth can also cause bite problems and joint pain in the long run.

Gum disease and decay – When your teeth shift and become crooked you might not be able to brush and floss all around your teeth properly due to the gaps and crooked teeth. Your surrounding teeth are more likely to decay which could lead to further tooth loss.

Bone loss – One of the biggest loses a missing tooth that is not replaced will give you is bone loss. Making you look years older. Your teeth also support your jaw by stimulating bone growth. When one or more teeth are absent this will cause the jaw to shrink and change its shape and appearance.

Suffer to bite and chew food - you will find it much harder to bite and chew your food once you have missing teeth which will cause you to avoid certain foods. This will have an impact on your nutritional requirements.

Speech problems – If you have front teeth that are missing it could affect the way you speak and make it hard to pronounce certain words. This can impact your social life and communication to your friends and loved ones.

What are the options to replace a missing tooth?

The options are:

  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

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Dentures and bridges usually replace the crown of your tooth and not the root. If the root of your tooth does not stimulate the bone in your jaw it will lead to a shrinking jaw overtime. Only dental implants can stop your jaw from shrinking as the artificial root (the implant) is still able to stimulate your jawbone. Making you look years younger and more attractive.

What happens if I do not replace a missing tooth with dental implants and use dentures instead?

Dentures need to be removed to be cleaned and dentures need to be changed every 5 years due to the changes in the gum shape from bone loss. Dental implants on the other hand act as natural teeth and are fitted permanently like your natural teeth. You can bite and chew your good as normal and have lovely sparkling teeth that can last a lifetime. 

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Above is a recent patient that came in to get dental implants at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic in Durban, South Africa.

When we originally saw Toy she couldn't chew her food properly and was embarrassed to smile. Her jawbone was shrinking due to the loss of teeth over the years and wearing dentures. We did a full smile makeover to improve her confidence and quality of life which made her look years younger. 

Toy had previously worn dentures that did not suite her face structure, age and colour of her skin. The dentures were loose fitting as her jaw bone changed shape over the years due to the loss of bone. Initially we did bone grafting to replace missing bone and then we placed Dental Implants to replace her missing teeth. In order to place the implants, we had to do a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone available. We had to also assess risk factors and make use of 3-D scans in order to evaluate the situation ensuring optimal success. Every Dental Implant case is unique. Toy's case was a very complex one. 

By re-adjusting her bite, Toy is now able to chew properly and smile more confidently. Dr Huson skillfully implemented the completion of the total procedure which included Toy wearing temporary crowns in order to assess the look and feel of her teeth first. Once Toy was totally satisfied with her new look the final crowns were placed. 

Toy looked many years younger just by adding dental implants. You might ask how is this possible?

Missing teeth will result to sunken cheeks, which can make you look years older than your actual age. While you can’t necessarily see it, when you have gaps in between your teeth as a result of extraction, your jawbone will begin to shrink.

As a result, your cheeks will sag, and creases will form on your face. Dentures may fill in the gaps in your teeth, but they don’t actually address your shrinking jawbone. The only way to arrest the movement is through dental implants.

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 Dental Implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Dental Implants are an ideal, long term solution to replacing missing or damaged teeth. Unlike dentures you will be able to chew and bite your food with ease. The procedure can last a lifetime and there is no need for their removal in order to have your teeth cleaned. 

Prices for dental implants start at R10 000 per tooth and can go up to R22 000 per tooth 

Call us to book your appointment today on 031 202 6584 


Dental Implants For Repairing The Smile After Tooth Loss

Tooth Replacement Options 

The following are three methods to tooth replacement:

Dental Implants

The most desirable option is Dental Implants.

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What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a titanium "screw" which is used to replace the root of a tooth. This enables the dentist to anchor a crown, bridge, or denture in the mouth in the absence of a tooth / teeth.

This has proven to be incredibly useful as patients now have the option of having a fixed prosthesis to replace missing or damaged teeth. This means no longer having to remove your teeth to clean and maintain them. Dental implants when properly done are the closest replacement to natural teeth you can get.

Once successfully integrated with the surrounding bone, implants have a long‐term potential as natural teeth, if properly taken care of.

Dental Implants can be the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Careful examination and planning must be done prior to any treatment. X‐rays and CBCT scans will be needed to see if you have good enough quality and quantity of bone in the area required to place implants. 

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Dental Implants can be added on patients as old as ninety years. What often happens when there are missing teeth is that the jawbone begins to shrink. This is common with denture wearers, and the ridge (which is important for holding the denture) gradually disappears, making wearing a denture so much harder.

Who are ideal candidates for Dental Implants?

Patients who have one or more missing teeth and who have sufficient bone are eligible for dental implants. If you do not have sufficient bone due to having missing teeth for several years, then you will need to undergo a bone graft which is a quick and easy procedure. You are welcome to talk to your Dr for the best possible options.

Why Should You Get Your Dental Implants Done with Silver Oaks Dental Clinic?

  • We offer the highest quality in dentistry - all our implants are internationally recognized and used all over the world. You know you are getting the highest quality in Dental Implants
  • Expert skills – Dr Huson trained under world renowned celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street Region of London. He has placed in excess 500 Implants – all with excellent results
  • We offer a lifetime guarantee on our implants
  • We perform the treatment from start to finish
  • We offer the latest technology – we have an onsite lab and the latest software to perfect your smile.

Why would you want to go anywhere else?

Dental implants start from R10 000 per tooth and can go up to R22 000 per tooth depending on the manufacturer.

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Porcelain Crowns in South Africa

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Digital Smile Design - using specialised software programs and together with our highly skilled dentist Dr Richard Huson, we are able to manipulate a photograph of your teeth into different possibilities of what certain cosmetic treatments may be able to achieve for you even before the treatment begins. This gives you a simulation of what your porcelain dental crowns may look like after treatment. Cosmetic Imaging is useful if you would want to know  "what it may look like" - or for those who struggle to picture the end result.In this picture we have shown the end result of Diane's dental crowns and what it could potentially look like. 



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Our Case-Of-The-Month for June is Diane. When Diane came in to see Dr Richard Huson she felt terribly embarrassed to smile and to talk. She did not like the gaps and discolouration in her front teeth on her top jaw. 
Due to her very busy work schedule and travel she could not afford to come back and forth for her treatment.She was also not sure of what the end result will look like - so in order to communicate better and make sure Diane was happy with the end result, we turned to our latest technology which was computerized Cosmetic Digital Imaging (DSD - Digital Smile Design). Diane was able to see the before and after pictures of her smile before any work was started. This enabled her too see what the end result would look like before committing to the treatment.
Our solution was then a same day smile makeover which consisted of dental crowns - A big advantage of Diane having her work done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic was that it was done in a day with digitally scanned dental crowns. With our in house lab it was easy to make the necessary adjustments so that Diane left here extremely happy with the end result. 

Her two front teeth were crowned, re-positioned and lengthened.  We also enhanced the colour of her teeth. Her dental crown procedure took about 2 hours. 
We encourage our patients to chat to Costa and Dr Huson about their personal requirements with regards to the aesthetics of their treatment before their procedures are carried out. 

dental crowns in South AfricaWe have an excellent dental laboratory on-site with specialist technicians who work closely with us to make sure that your smile is perfect. Our "Laboratory-Artist" Costa and Juri (in the center) will create a treatment that will fit in with the shape of your face. Your dental crowns will be accurately done and aesthetically pleasing. He will always try to make your teeth look as natural as possible. Porcelain dental crowns in South Africa are much cheaper than porcelain dental crowns done in many first world countries. It is usually half the price if you compare an equal high end dental practice in the USA and UK. Dr Richard Huson has spent several years in the UK working under world renowned dentist Dr Joe Oliver. His high skill set combined with products that meet European standards make him the go to dentist. All our products are of the highest quality and we use the best manufacturers in the world that are world renowned and internationally recognised.