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Dental Implant

Dental Implants

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A durable and permanent solution that mimics the look, feel, and function of natural teeth

Dental implants

Dental implant treatments replace missing teeth with synthetic structures that fully integrate with your dental anatomy to closely resemble your natural teeth in look, feel and function.. This type of restorative dental treatment offers a secure and long-term solution for people who have lost one or more teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone through a series of minor procedures.

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Structure of dental implants

A dental implant is comprised of three primary components:

Implant post: The implant post is a tiny titanium screw that is biocompatible and is inserted into the jawbone through surgery. The dental implant functions as a replacement for the tooth root and offers a stable foundation for the dental restoration.

Abutment: After the implant post has successfully fused with the jawbone, an abutment is attached to it. The abutment is a connector piece that extends above the gum line and acts as a link between the implant post and the dental restoration.

Dental restoration: Dental restoration refers to the part of the implant that is visible and resembles a natural tooth. The type of restoration required for a patient depends on their specific needs and the number of missing teeth. It could be a single crown, a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or a denture for a full arch of teeth. The restoration is tailored to precisely match the colour, shape, and size of the patient’s original teeth, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking result.

In what situations would a dental implant be necessary?

Single tooth loss: If you have a missing tooth because of decay, trauma, or extraction, you can use a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. This is a good option because it doesn’t require support from the neighbouring teeth. This eliminates the necessity of a traditional dental bridge, which requires altering the adjacent teeth.

Multiple tooth loss: Multiple missing teeth can also be replaced using dental implants. In some cases, it may be necessary to use multiple implants to support a bridge or denture. This helps ensure that the restoration is stable and functions properly.

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Full-arch tooth loss: When a patient is missing all of their teeth in either the upper or lower arch, dental implants can be used to provide support for a full-arch denture or bridge. This option offers a safe and comfortable alternative to removable dentures, enhancing the ability to chew and improving overall oral function.

Improved denture stability: If you currently wear removable dentures and are having trouble with them feeling unstable or causing discomfort, dental implants can be a solution. Dental implants can be used to secure your dentures in place, providing better stability and reducing any discomfort you may be experiencing. Implant-supported dentures provide greater stability, improved chewing ability, and a more confident smile.

Preserving jawbone structure: Dental implants are crucial for maintaining the structure of the jawbone. Over time, the bone surrounding a lost tooth may deteriorate. Implants help to stimulate the bone and prevent bone loss, which in turn helps to maintain the strength and structure of the jawbone and the overall appearance of the face.

What happens during a dental implant procedure?

1. Initial consultation and treatment planning: During consultation, we will examine your oral health, capture dental X-rays, and may also perform a 3D scan of your jawbone. We will discuss your treatment goals, assess the condition of your gums and jawbone, and evaluate whether dental implants are a viable option for you. A comprehensive treatment plan will be developed to address your unique dental needs

2. Implant placement: The surgical procedure for implant placement is usually performed with the patient under local anaesthesia. If necessary, sedation may be administered to ensure your comfort. Our surgical teamt will create a tiny incision in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone underneath. Next, we drill a precise hole in the bone and carefully insert the titanium implant post. After the gum tissue is stitched back into place, a temporary protective cover may be placed over the implant site.

3. Osseointegration: After implant placement, a period of healing is required to allow for osseointegration to take place. This is the process where the implant fuses with the surrounding jawbone, providing a stable foundation for future restoration. The healing process usually lasts a few months, giving the bone enough time to grow and fuse with the implant.

4. Abutment placement: After osseointegration is completed, a minor surgical procedure is performed to expose the implant and attach an abutment. The gum tissue is carefully opened to reveal the top of the implant. Then, a connector called the abutment is placed securely on the implant. After placing the abutment, the gum tissue is stitched around it to promote proper healing.

5. Restoration placement: Once you have had some time to heal, we will take impressions of your teeth and gums. These impressions will be used to create a personalised dental restoration for you. Depending on the number of missing teeth and your treatment plan, you may require a single tooth crown, a bridge, or a denture. The restoration is created to match your natural teeth perfectly in terms of colour, shape, and size. After the restoration is prepared, it is connected to the abutment, which marks the final step in the dental implant procedure.

6. Follow-up care: Once the dental implant procedure is finished, you will be asked to come in for regular follow-up appointments. These appointments are important because they allow us to keep track of how well you are healing and to make sure that the implant is successful in the long run. To keep your dental implant healthy and lasting a long time, it’s important to practise good oral hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and going for regular dental check-ups.

What are the risks associated with dental implants?

Although dental implants generally have a high success rate, like any surgical procedure, some potential risks and complications can arise. Before getting a dental implant, it is important to understand the potential risks involved. Some potential risks of dental implants include:

  • Infection
  • Implant failure
  • Nerve or tissue damage
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Sinus problems (for upper jaw implants)
  • Gum recession
  • Bone loss

While dental implant procedures do carry some risks, these risks are relatively rare. On average, dental implants have a survival rate of 94.6% after a follow-up period of 13.4 years (Sartoretto et al., 2023).

To minimise the risks associated with dental implants, it is important to choose an experienced dental professional, follow post-operative care instructions, and maintain good oral hygiene. Before proceeding with the implant procedure, we will discuss the potential risks with you and address any concerns you may have.

Do you feel self-conscious about your smile due to missing teeth?

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Have you considered exploring options to enhance your smile and restore your confidence?

Our highly experienced dentist, Dr. Cipriani, will assist and support you throughout the dental implant procedure. Our commitment is to provide exceptional care and ensure you feel comfortable throughout the process. This includes an initial consultation, treatment planning, surgical placement, and final restoration.

Improve the appearance and function of your smile with dental implants, a reliable and permanent solution. If you’re ready to start your journey towards a confident and healthy smile, give us a call at 0423 687 331 to book a consultation.