What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are made up of three different parts:
A dental implant is a fine titanium screw, titanium has been used extensively and successfully in reconstructive surgery for many years as it naturally integrates with bone.
Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone and can be used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. If you only need to replace one tooth, a single dental implant may be suitable. If you have more than one missing teeth, an implant supported bridge may be more suitable compared to multiple single dental implants. If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, an implant-supported denture may be most useful.
Common treatment options for Dental Implants:
To receive a dental implant it usually involves three stages:
Of course every patient is different and individual results may vary, you may need a more complex treatment, your Dentist will discuss your treatment options and advise you on what is the best treatment for you.
How long does it take for the dental implants to set in the jaw bone?
Allow around 12 weeks for the bone around the implant to bond with the dental implant. Once the healing process is complete, a porcelain tooth or teeth can be placed on the implant or the dentures can be locked into place.
Naturally the amount of time required to place an implant and for it to bond with the bone will vary depending on the quality and quantity of the bone in which it is placed and the difficulty of the individual situation.
Will I need Bone Grafting?
Bone Grafting or Bone Augmentation is a term that describes a dental procedures used to “build-up” bone so that Dental Implants can be placed. Restoring bone to restore your smile typically involves adding bone or bone-like materials to your jaw. This Bone Graft can be your own bone or processed bone.
Am I suitable for dental implants?
The best way to find out whether implants are right for you is to phone and arrange a time to meet one of our dentists and the team. Only during an examination we can see what shape your mouth and gums are in, explain your options and exactly how we’ll perform the procedure. (A full examination is needed to see what shape your mouth and gums are in, so that we can confidently explain your options and exactly how we’ll perform the procedure).
How do I look after my Dental Implants?
Like your natural teeth, dental implants, crowns or bridges need to be regularly brushed and flossed, if not they can develop plaque and tartar which may cause other dental problems and gum disease. It is important to have a regular at-home routine and your Dentist will recommend you attend regular check-up and clean appointments.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.