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.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws that are drilled down into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Overtime the jawbone 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 provide 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 jawbone. Overtime the gum heals and the jawbone grows to integrate with the implant. A second surgery is required to connect a post to the original implant, 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 jawbone just below the gum tissue. Once the gums heal, the frame will become fixed to the jawbone. 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 available for people who cannot get implants.
To be suitable for dental implants:
Have one or more missing 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, and dental implants offer the best long-term solution to tooth loss. Benefits include:
Restores your bite
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 solution to missing teeth
How long does the treatment take?
The initial insertion of the dental implant will take around two hours, however the integration of the jawbone and implant will take about 3 to 6 months. This means 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 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 medical procedure, especially surgical, there are risks involved.
After a dental implant you may experience some mild discomfort at the site of the implant however for the majority of patients 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.
Durable and strong implants from Oracare in Cleveland QLD
If you have a missing tooth or multiple, then speak to the expert dental team at Oracare as we have dental implant 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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