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Dental Implants

Are they right for you?

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to restore your ability to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence, then dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants can replace missing teeth, support a fixed bridge (and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture) or anchor a full denture. Advancements in implant materials and techniques continue to improve the success rate of implants. More and more patients are enjoying the benefits of having dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium metal rods and act as substitutes for natural tooth roots. The implants are placed into the jaw bone. Replacement tooth crowns are attached to the implant at gum level.

Would I benefit from a dental implant?

Although dental implants have brought a comfortable, confident smile to many patients, they are not for everyone. The ideal patient has good general health, good oral health and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. They must be motivated to attend their dentist for regular dental check-ups.

Your dentist can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you. Your dentist will review your medical and dental histories, and thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and bite. X-rays and models will be taken and analysed. Risks and benefits of available treatment options will be discussed.

    Advantages

  • Attach to bone and act like real teeth
  • Strong, durable and safe
  • Can last as long as 30 years with careful home care and regular dental visits
  • Carry a success rate of greater than
  • 90% (when placed correctly)

    Disadvantages

  • Cost
  • Risk of failure
  • Nerve injury or sinus involvement

What is the treatment like?

This depends on a number of factors such as the type of, and the number of implants required, the suitability of the bone, and of course your overall health. Many people can have their implants placed in the Rooms as a simple procedure. For others, a brief hospital stay may be necessary. You may have implant placement whilst awake (local anaesthetic), sedated (oral or intravenous sedation) or asleep (general anaesthetic).

Replacement of a single missing tooth:

If the implant is nice and firm at time of placement, your surgeon may attach a temporary post to it. This allows the dentist to fit a temporary crown the same day. Often it is better, however, to stitch the gum over the implant and allow time for the bone underneath to heal around the implant, a process known as osseointegration. This takes 4-6 months, depending on the quality of the bone. During this period, a plastic partial denture may be worn. A second procedure is required after bone healing to uncover the implant and place a metal cylinder (healing abutment) which protrudes through the gum and guides gum healing. After about 6 weeks the healing abutment is removed and the dentist can fit the final crown. If the implant is replacing a missing back tooth, and appearances are not important, the healing abutment may be screwed to the implant, at time of implant placement, obviating the need for a second procedure. Your surgeon or dentist will discuss the specific details with you.

Replacement of several missing teeth or placement of implants to support dentures:

Usually a two-stage treatment approach is advocated, as described for single implant placement.

Bone grafting

Bone may be taken from elsewhere in the jaws or, occasionally from the hip, to prepare the jaws for implant placement. Usually implant placement is deferred for six months to allow the grafted bone to heal.

Your dentist is responsible for making and fitting the final tooth crowns that fit to the implants. After treatment is completed, brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist are essential to the long term success of the dental implant.

Who provides dental implant treatment?

The placement of dental implants requires special knowledge, training, skills and facilities. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are specialists with advanced knowledge and training in surgery of the mouth, face, and jaws, and are appropriately skilled at inserting implants. The crowns, bridges and dentures which attach to the implants can often be provided by your dentist. For more complex cases this work is provided by a specialist restorative dentist (prosthodontist).

Please contact us if you have any questions or are unsure about any of the information provided.
 
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