|Also known as:||tooth implant, fake tooth, replacement tooth, implant tooth, implant, tooth replacement, implantation dental.|
|Desired results:||Dental implants are an effective, long-term solution that look and feel like natural teeth. People generally choose dental implants (tooth implants) to replace a missing tooth or correct aesthetic concerns.|
What are dental implants?
Implants are tooth roots made of titanium. These metallic anchors act as root substitutes. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone then integrates with the titanium(the process is called osseo-integration). This creates a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts called abutments are then attached to the implant. In turn, these support the implant crown. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth, or many missing teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone loss. Bone loss occurs when teeth are missing for an extended period of time.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more conservative than traditional bridgework. This is because implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support. They are stand-alone structures which rely solely on the bone for support.
The dental implant procedure
There are several stages involved in the dental implant procedure. These include pre-operative preparation, the surgical procedure, and post-operative care and recovery.
During your first appointment, we will conduct an overall oral health assessment. We do this to ensure your suitability for dental implant treatment. During this initial consultation, your dentist will develop an individual plan of action. Any specific concerns will also be discussed with you.
The surgical procedure
At the beginning of your second appointment your dentist will do a thorough clean and scale of the affected area. Following this, local anesthesia or light sedation will be applied. This is done to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. During this appointment the implant will be placed beneath the surface of the gum and into the jawbone. Once inserted into the jawbone, your implant will be given time to fuse with the bone in a process known as ‘osseointegration’
The implant takes approximately three months to fuse to the bone. After this time, an abutment is attached. The abutment will act as an anchor for the prosthetic tooth.
Your prosthetic tooth will be placed on top of the abutment to complete your restoration.
Post-operative care and recovery
It may take between three and six months before the implant is fully healed. Although, if the condition of the surrounding bone is good, the healing time may be reduced. Regular dental check-ups are strongly recommended to ensure the longevity of your new implant.
You should take care of your new implant as if it is one of your existing teeth. Brushing and flossing twice a day and regular dental check-ups are essential.
Dental implants at Kilmore Dental & Specialist Centre
The team of experts at Kilmore Dental & Specialist centre are experienced in all areas of dental implant surgery. Our cosmetic dentistry services are greatly bolstered by having an onsite laboratory. We have our very own facilities to prepare and produce dental prosthesis. This ensures we are able to upkeep quality standards and maintain the integrity of our dental restorations across the board. To the patient, it also means faster turnaround and shorter waiting periods for all our prosthetic work. We provide same-day denture repairs for clients who require fast, predictable and quality results.
Having our own dental prosthetist improves the communication between dentist and prosthetist. We keep a clear communication process. This generally yields better and more exacting prosthetic outcomes. Translation: A better fit for the patient and faster fitting process. It’s a win-win all around.
The cost of a dental implant can vary greatly. This depends upon the severity of each individual condition. During your implant consultation, we will provide you with an outline of expected costs.
In Australia, dental implants range between $4,500 – $7,500 per tooth implant. Although, be aware that costs will vary depending on your condition.
Dental implants are an innovative and effective solution for replacing a missing tooth. If you are missing a tooth, or teeth due to damage, decay or accidentally being knocked out, you should consider dental implants.
Replacing your missing tooth with a toot implants can have many benefits, including:
- Improved appearance
- Improved speech
- Improved function
- Improved oral hygeine
- Improved health
- Improved comfort
- Improved eating ability