Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Will A Dental Implant Procedure Be Painful?

Having a decayed tooth and toothache is far more painful than any implant procedure. Although inserting dental implants is an operation and the procedure seems rather frightening by inserting titanium screws into the bone. It is surprisingly a painfree procedure and people are back at work the next day. During the procedure there is no pain at all and after the procedure you just need to take your pain killers for a few days and you should be more than fine. Going to work the next day tells you that it is one of the least painful procedures.

The improved quality of life after the procedure outweighs the thought of any temporary pain. You will be able to chew and bite your food and brush your teeth as normal. Like you would brush all your other permanent teeth. No need for messy dentures to remove and clean them day and night. No need to go to the dentist every few years to get new dentures as the other ones have become loose and most importantly you will be able to look years younger as the bone loss is minimal so it is like a free face lift. The improved quality of life outweighs any cons and considering that The American Academy Of Dentists encourages dental implants over dentures a dental implant procedure. 

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Sandra came all the way from the USA to get her dental implant treatment done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. The cost of the treatment was half the price as compared to the USA whilst at the same time not compromising on quality. She had previously worn out dentures that did not look aesthetically pleasing. She was so fed up of changing them every 5 years due to the loss of bone i.e gum size.

Sandra had researched for several months on the internet before choosing Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. Our good reviews and portfolio of work convinced her that Silver Oaks would be her final choice. Sandra walked out very happy with her new smile and regained confidence. According to her 'Dr Huson went above the call of duty' and his emotional intelligence made him accurately predict exactly what she wanted at every step of the process. According to Sandra, 'Dr Huson's meticulous attention to detail is what sets him apart.

Dr Huson's solution for her teeth included bone grafting and dental implants. Dr Huson first gave Sandra a thorough evaluation during the first consultation, including a:
• Comprehensive dental exam: A 3D scan was taken.
• Treatment plan: Dr Huson had a look at her teeth and jawbone and gave Sandra a treatment plan based on how many teeth needed to be replaced and the condition of her jawbone. It is often a better option to have your teeth replaced with dental implants rather than with dentures. Dental implants keep the height of your jawbone because it keeps the bone stimulated.
A quote was then given to Sandra and explained in detail what it entails. Sandra's second appointment was the dental implant procedure. 
To control pain, anesthesia options during surgery include local anesthesia, Intra-Venous sedation or general anesthesia (GA). Talk to Dr Huson about which option is best for you. Your dental care team will instruct you about eating and drinking before surgery, depending on what type of anesthesia you have. If you're having general anesthesia or IV Sedation, plan to have someone take you home after surgery and expect to rest for the remainder of the day. Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages:
•Sandra's damaged tooth was removed and when there was not one present the implant was placed immediately
•The titanium implant was then placed in the bone and left to heal. The final crown (tooth) can sometimes be placed at this stage but it would depend on the quality and quantity of your bone at the placement.

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Dental Implant Quotes

Dental Implant Quotes 

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You will be suprised at how cost effective Dental Implant quotes are even with internationally recognised manufacturers when you take into account the the long term affordability and high quality of life that you will lead. 

If two patients were to come in and get their teeth analysed and have a CBCT scan they both will leave with two different treatment plans and quotes. Dental implant quotes depend on a number of factors, the number of implants one needs, the bone you have in your jaw as well as the shape and structure of the person's teeth. It also depends on the manufacturer that the patient chooses. We work with the top three dental implant manufacturers that are internationally recognised i.e Straumann, Nobelbiocare and Megagen. 

If you get cheap dental implant quotes that are to good to be true.... You know what they say you get what you pay for. Dental Implants have to be done by specialists like Dr Roy Richard-Huson. Dr Huson is a dental surgeon and specialist in dental implants. He has a specialist qualification from the University of Cambridge. Dr Huson also uses the best manufacturers at the best possible price. At the end of the day inserting dental implants is an operation that deals with the nervous system. Only an expert should be inserting dental implants with several years of experience and expertise.

The true cost of alternatives: 

When you first look at your dentures or bridges quote compared to a dental implant quote you will be pleasantly surprised at the dentures/bridges quote. The full costs both financial and emotional is much higher in the long term when going ahead with a dental implant quote. 

Initial Cost Vs Total Costs - Dentures require you to change them every 5 years with a dentist due to the change in bone structure and the more bone you lose the more the denture wont fit. You will also spend more money on fixatures and adhesives with dentures. The American Academy of Dentistry suggests people get dental implants rather than dentures health wise so that you can maintain the positioning your jaw and keep the bone in your mouth. Dental implants allow one to keep the bone. It is the healthiest option possible.

The Convienience Costs - Dental Implants are very convienient from an emotional perspective. You will never have to be scared of your implants falling off unlike dentures and you dont have to clean your implants or soak them over night in a container. Dentures can come off when you laugh or chew and eat. 

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A recent implant case above where a patient came from Saudi Arabia to see Dr Roy Richard-Huson.  He came to us hoping to get the smile he always dreamed of and needed to have it done professionally.  He felt very embarassed to smile and very uncomfortable when he use to eat. His dentures would fall out and felt very embarrased. He lost most of his teeth over the years and the ones that he had were broken. Klaus had several implants done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. Dr Huson first took before pics so he could analyse Klaus's  teeth using Digital Smile Design. Custom made models were designed for Klaus by on our on-site lab. With just 3-4 appointments Klaus was a new person with a brand new set of teeth. He was very happy as he could bite and chew and live happily again. He also says alot more women have been looking at him as he looks much younger! 

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Straighten Teeth Without Braces

Straighten Teeth Without Braces 

Due to the recent technology and digitization of most industries you can now straighten your teeth without braces.

You can now straighten your teeth without braces in less than 3 months for normal cases. It is more cost effective than braces and saves one the hassle and embarassement of the metal braces showing in your mouth. We have the latest technology as Dr Huson spends alot of time updating his qualifications and going on several courses regularly at the same time he has worked in the Harley Street Region of London in the UK where he dealt with many celebrities and perfected the art of shaping and making teeth look as natural and straight as possible. We also have an in house lab that helps with designing your teeth so that you can straighten  you teeth without braces quickly

There are three methods in order to straighten your teeth without braces.

The first method is Dental Veneers. This is the quickest method as it can take less than 3 weeks to get done. So if you have less time on your hands and would like to straighten your teeth quickly then veneers is the way to go. 

The second method is clear braces (Inman Aligner or Invisalign). This might take around 6 to 12 weeks or more for normal procedures and visits every 2 weeks to the dentist to tighten the mouth guard. This is also a quicker solution to straighten your teeth rather than traditional braces. Although the disadvantage is that it takes longer than dental veneers to get your teeth straightened and more time consuming with additional visits to the dentist. When the dentist analyses your teeth he needs to see if this procedure can be done on your teeth as this procedure can only straighten your teeth and not correct a strong overbite.  

The third method is the traditional braces - this method is the most costly method and you will most probably need to wear braces for over 2 years in order to get your teeth straightened. The look with metal braces in your mouth is also NOT aesthetically pleasing.

The fastest and most cost effective method of the three is Dental Veneers.  Below is a method of both dental veneers and the clear aligner that was used on a recent patient @silveroaksdentalclinic.

When Sinothando came to us she wanted a quick solution to her long term problem and that was to reduce the gaps between her teeth and get them straightened without any long procedures such as braces. She also had peg laterals. In dentistry this refers to an anomly affecting her lateral teeth (Upper second Inscisors) causing her teeth to look abnormally small and cone shaped compared to being rectangular in shape.

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The solution for sinothando was simple orthodontics to pull the two front teeth together thereby straightening them without braces. Veneers were made to reshape the lateral teeth, again it was a solution to straighten teeth without braces.

She also had minimal surgery called a Frenectomy to relax the muscle in her upper lip which causes the formation of the huge gap in the middle of her teeth. The biggest advantage of Sinothando's procedure is that she didnt loose any tooth structure. Sinoathando loves her new teeth and loves to take photographs of herself showing of her new look. Her family say it has made her look more sophisticated and neat. We are very happy that we have helped her regain her confidence.

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Full Mouth Dental Implants

Full Mouth Dental Implants 

A recent patient that came to us to have full mouth dental implants. 

Full Mouth Dental Implants

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Dental implants replace diseased, damaged or missing teeth from root to the actual tooth. You can achieve a brand new set of teeth that is lengthened and/or straightened and changed to the colour of your choice. One that fits well with your face shape and colour of your skin.

full mouth of dental implants is life changing and requires no maintenance. You just have to brush and floss like the way you do with your real set of teeth. 

Although inexpensive bridges and dentures are another option, in the long term they are a more expensive option as you will need to change them every 5 years. Dentures are also removable and lack the comfort and stability of dental implants. Dentures can become loose and embrass you should they fall out whilst talking. Dentures usually change in shape as you lose more bone due to not having any teeth or implants holding the bone. You will need to maintain dentures every 5 years which becomes more costly in the long run. Bone loss makes one look over 10 years older due to the lack of muscle and skin support which increases wrinkles.  Dental implants are attached to the bone in your jaw therefore The American Academy of Periodontology reccomends a full mouth of dental implants over dentures or bridges in order to maintain bone and dental health. 

A recent patient named Hachimi underwent a full mouth of dental implants. Hachimi came to us with implants that were placed from some other dentist. He was not happy with these implants and needed a dental makeover. When Dr Huson analysed his teeth for a full mouth of dental implants he discovered that Hachimi had an unpleasant prosthesis which was very difficult to clean and didnt fit his mouth structure and appearance. They were unhygienic and was very unhappy with such a situation. 

We removed the implants that were failing and replaced them with the latest technology. We offered him the best dental implants from the most pronominent manufacturers in the industry so that it lasts Hachimi a lifetime and so that he wont have any problems with his full set of dental implants. 

We replaced the dental implants with new dental implants in better positions, according to Digital Smile Design (DSD) principles. Digital smile Design is the latest technology using digitization to design your teeth according to your face shape. You are able to see the potential results before they are carried out and you can then tell the dental surgeon if you would like to go ahead with that. It is an extremly useful tool to help you achieve your desired look. 

Hachimi wore temporary teeth which gave him a chance to look and feel the functionality and the aesthetic look before the final fit. After the finals were placed the bite and position was re-checked and adjustments were made to make sure he was happy with the results. 

The end result of Hachimi's treatment was a corrected smile and a stable bite which allowed him to smile, laugh and talk confidently. He is one of the many happy customers at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic. Dr Huson is an expert in Dental Implants. Patients from all over the world come to him to get their implants done as he worked for many years in the Harley Street Region of London placing celebrities implants. Dr Huson has placed over 1500 implants all with excellent results using the latest tools in smile design and the best manufacturers in the world. 

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Medical and dental tourism in South Africa

Thanks to South Africa’s leading position as a global medical and dental tourism destination, medical tourism is one of the fastest growing - and therefore most important and priority-worthy sub-sectors of South Africa’s already booming tourism industry. This is according to South African Tourism, who notes that the potential for this sector to grow is significant, sensational and still ‘untapped’ despite ferocious and phenomenal growth in the last few years.

At Silver Oaks we have certainly seen the effects of this growth. Because we partner with several safari and similar providers, we are able to help you with a full-service bouquet when it comes to your dental tourism needs in South Africa.

Medical and dental tourism in South Africa has experienced and upward trajectory that exceeds the global year-on-year growth of 15%. By 2015, revenue from medical and dental spend from foreigners in South Africa had leapt from €39m (R582 million) to €64m (R961 million), and has long surpassed R150 million mark.

Tourists from Europe, other African countries and Australasia account for the big jump in revenue and medical tourist numbers for the most part.Dental tourism in South Africa as a stand-alone subsector stands almost shoulder-to-shoulder with medical tourism as a sub-sector.

What makes South Africa such an tour de force in medical tourism globally?

Research by a tourism specialist department in FNB, one of the big five retail banks in South Africa and frequent winner of global banking accolades for its world-leading electronic banking engineering and breakthroughs, ascribes the country’s leading position in worldwide medical tourism to the following factors:

  • South African medical and dental qualification, training and professional body admission standards are on a par with, and in some cases higher and more stringent, than in foreign countries. As a result, South African dentists and doctors are sought after in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in particular.
  • The South African currency means foreigners get exceedingly good value for their medical and dental procedures, while the integrity of adherence to the best of global standards remains in place.
  • The country has great infrastructure. Whether by road or air, the infrastructure is mostly well-maintained and sign posted. The urban metropolises are modern, vibrant and international with a uniquely South African flavour.
  • The food and amenities on offer in general are highly palatable and pleasing to international travellers.
  • There is an abundance of sightseeing options and experiences.
  • Access to neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia is quick and effortless, and under two hours away by plane depending where in South Africa travellers find themselves.
  • English is widely spoken and understood everywhere, as are foreign accents. This is critical when travellers undertake dental tourism in South Africa. There are 11 official languages but English is the language of commerce, work and parliamentary proceedings.
  • Medical technology is on a par with what can be found in the rest of the world. South Africa is no stranger to medical innovation either, with Dr Chris Barnard having pioneered the first heart transplant in Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital.

The impact of dental tourism in South Africa

South African Tourism takes medical as well as dental tourism extremely seriously because of what it is already contributing to the local economy, what vast potential it still has and the treacle down effect to the rest of the tourism industry.

Figures should that the average medical tourist spends an average of 6 days in South Africa. As a result, there are numerous gains for many tourism and tourism-related touchpoints. This means revenue traction for formal and informal tour operators, the hospitality industry and accommodation services, retail, safari and environmental attractions, the transport sector, food, catering and beverage services, and spas and wellness centres.

dental tourism in south africaSouth African Tourism is committed to improving both medical tourism and dental tourism in the following ways:

  • Reminding all stakeholders that the success of medical and dental tourism in South Africa rests on the exchange rate, and that pricing structures have to remain competitive.
  • Engaging all stakeholders to keep the quality of services at international standard or higher.
  • Diversifying procedures, in tandem with medical care and hospitality services offered to potential medical tourists.
  • Getting the medical, dental and tourism spheres to form an even more tight-knit triad as partners who work together to offer a premier, effortlessly integrated offering to travellers from abroad.
  • Advising allied businesses how to diversify their product offering so that it benefits their bottom line while still representing value to tourists, with whom they may otherwise not engage economically.

As a medical tourist destination, South Africa has it all

Most medical tourists to South Africa stay a few days more than they need in order to recuperate, statistics show, because the country as a destination encompasses so much to experience.

The spas and wellness centres combine healing techniques from around the world. Whether it’s tai chi or traditional western therapies those coming for dental tourism in South Africa are seeking, they’ll be sure to find it.

There is no shortage of extreme adventure either. From white water rafting to ziplining, skydiving and the world’s highest bridge bungee jump, microlighting and more, there is ample adventure to get that adrenaline pumping.

On the shopping front, locally made high-end fashion and the like is well made and reasonably priced compared to overseas. Most international designer lines are available here too, sometimes at a cheaper price. Duty-free shopping has the most to offer the international traveller.

As for wildlife and safari’s, the country is home to the Big 5. Besides lion, cheetahs, leopards, elephants and hippos, there are incredible and rare game and bird species at many sights.

The natural splendour of the country is also unrivalled. From majestic Table Mountain and the winelands in Cape Town, the garden route along the east coast, Durban and KwaZulu-Natal’s tropical paradise-like havens and lush lowlands and highlands to the starkly beautiful Karoo and eastern Free State.

At Silver Oaks we are a premier dental cosmetic and reconstructive surgery practice specialising in meeting the medical needs you have as a dental tourist. We have had the pleasure of performing life-altering dental work on travellers from many corners of the globe and can’t wait for you to make us your next pit stop too.

  • We will plan and map out the extent of the work required and make a formal diagnosis.
  • We may then have to build up the bone if it is too brittle to accept an incision straight away.
  • Next comes the actual implant insertion.
  • Then, we give the jaw bone time to heal.
  • Your final denture or visible part of the replacement tooth is now fitted.
  • We like to see you back for a final check up and to provide you with care instructions.
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