Dental implants are a natural looking, comfortable replacement for missing teeth
If you’re missing a tooth or two, it’s important to have it replaced to avoid issues associated with missing teeth. This can be done through dental implant treatment at Oracare.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are drilled down into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Over time the jaw bone grows to integrate with the implant and hold it firmly in place. This allows the implant to safely be topped off with either a dental crown or artificial tooth.
Dental implants serve as a stable support for artificial teeth, including dentures and bridges.
Treatment for dental implants begins just like any other treatment, with an initial consultation where our team at Oracare will decide if you are suitable for dental implants.
There are two types of implants which have been extensively tested:
These implants are surgically implanted directly into the jaw bone. Over time the gum heals and the jaw bone grows to integrate with the implant.
A second surgery is required to connect a post to the original implant, which serves as an implant support, before finally having an artificial tooth attached to the post individually or grouped on a dental bridge or denture.
Implants which consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jaw bone just below the gum tissue. Once the gums heal, the frame will become fixed to the jaw bone. The frame also has a post attached to it, which protrudes through the gum tissue. An artificial tooth is connected to the post to complete the process.
Who is suitable for dental implants?
Unfortunately, not all patients are suitable for dental implants, however there are other restorative treatments which are available for people who cannot get implants.
To be suitable for dental implant surgery:
Have one or more missing natural teeth
No conditions impacting bone growth
Have healthy gum tissue
Adequate bone structure and density
Do not smoke tobacco
Not suffering from uncontrolled diabetes
Not undergoing cancer treatment
Benefits of dental implants?
Replacing your missing teeth has so many benefits for your dental health in the long term, and the dental implant procedure offers the best long-term solution to tooth loss. Benefits include:
Restores your bite
Improved oral health
Dental implants match natural aesthetics
Prevents bone loss
Allows for natural speech
Preserves your facial structure
Prevents adjacent teeth from shifting
Easy to clean and care for
Permanent tooth replacement solution
How long does the treatment take?
The initial insertion of the dental implant will take around two hours, however the integration of the jaw bone and implant will take between 3 to 6 months. This means that you may not receive your permanent tooth for up to six months following the initial procedure. During this time, you will have a temporary restoration put in place while your jawbone heals.
How long do dental implants last for?
Dental implants generally last for about 10 to 20 years. There are many factors that decide on the longevity of an implant including:
Location of the implant
Regular dental visits
Oral hygiene compliance
Molar implants receive more bite pressure and stress
Implants in the front of the mouth have less stress
Risk factors for dental implants?
As with any surgical medical procedure, there are risks involved.
After a dental implant you may experience some mild discomfort at the site of the implant. For the majority of patients however, pain is not an issue. Our team will provide you with information on the appropriate management to ensure your comfort following implant placement with you.
You may also experience slight bleeding, swollen gum tissue and bruising after the procedure.
Durable and strong dental implants in Brisbane
If you have a missing tooth or multiple, then speak to the expert dental team at Oracare in Cleveland, QLD, as we have dental implants along with many other restorative dental options to replace missing teeth. Get in touch today and see how we can help you.
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