Have a missing tooth or losing teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly and causes bone loss.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. Implants and their attached crowns closely mimic the look and function of real teeth and can make an attractive alternative to bridges.
Alternatively, instead of an artificial tooth, an implant can be fitted with special clips or attachments to hold a denture. These attachments will minimise movement of the denture.
- help to withstand greater bite pressures with dentures
- prevent bone loss in the jaw that may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose
- prevent the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks that can occur after extraction
- are usually surrounded by gum tissue like natural teeth
- may prevent gum recession
- do not require the cutting or reshaping of natural teeth, unlike bridges
- are firmley secured in the jaws
- are usually more comfortable than dentures
- usually do not require separate care routines or special cleaning products, as with dentures and bridges
- are cleaned like natural teeth, by brushing and flossing
The Dental Implant Procedure
- An initial consultation is held with us to discuss the possibility of an implant, give options and answer any questions you may have
- Thorough and indepth treatment planning of the implant(s) is performed, including the analysis of x-rays and CT scans using a radiographic guide to determine the best possible site for the implant
- The treatment plan is discussed with you
- Under sterile conditions an implant hole is prepared in the jawbone using a surgeon’s guide and with a precise predetermined depth and width
- The implant is inserted into the bone and sutures placed to allow integration of the bone (osseointegration) into the threads of the implant
- Approximately 12 weeks later, once the bone has healed around the implant, a healing abutment is connected to the implant to shape your gum (the healing abutment may be placed at the initial implant appointment if your dentist deems the implant stable enough)
- Impressions for your crown are taken 2 weeks later
- Once your crown has been manufactured it is attached to the implant by either screw or cement