A dental implant is a titanium device that replaces the root of a natural tooth. After a period of healing, a ceramic prosthetic tooth is then placed on top of the implant.
Once treatment is completed, the dental implant and crown will act as a natural tooth would. Thereby, returning normal function, speech and appearance to the mouth. As well, an implant can help maintain a patient’s facial appearance by preventing a further loss of bone structure.
Your first consultation will discuss treatment suitability, process and cost. If you are happy to go forward, x-rays, impressions of your teeth, and a CT (computed tomography) scan may be taken.
It should take roughly four appointments for your dental implant treatment to be completed.
To begin the procedure, there must be sufficient bone present in the jaw. If the bone mass is poor, you may be referred to a specialist for a bone graft. Bone graft treatment can help create a secure foundation for the dental implant.
Your x-rays, CT scan and dentist’s expertise will determine if treatment is viable for your case.
On the day of implant surgery, the area is heavily anaesthetised and an incision is made to create a hole or osteotomy. The implant is then gently placed into the osteotomy and stitched closed.
After two to six months of healing, impressions are taken, and small posts are attached to the dental implant. These posts allow the dental crown or bridge to be anchored to the implant.
At your next appointment, your newly fabricated tooth will be permanently attached to implant.
For patients with one or more missing teeth, dental implants may be the right solution. If there is enough bone present, patients who have a dental bridge or denture may also be a good candidate for the treatment.
Further, patients may find relief from ill fitting dentures or removable bridges with securely placed implant alternatives.
Dental implants can last indefinitely if no complications occur. However, factors like damage to the ceramic crown, oral hygiene and loosening or repairing of the abutment (joins implant and ceramic tooth) can affect this estimate.
Replacing a tooth with a dental implant can help to maintain the health of your jaw, gums and remaining teeth. Contact us about dental implant treatment today.
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