Dental Implants, Canberra City
What Are They?
A dental implant is a device that acts very much like an artificial tooth root. It is made of a biocompatible material and when it is placed into the jawbone, bone grows onto its surface and bonds strongly to it in a process called ‘osseointegration’. Implants are very strong and have become an excellent option to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are used to replace a single missing tooth or many teeth. They can be connected to single crowns, bridges or full dentures.
What Is Important To Know About Dental Implants?
- A dental implant is currently the closest thing to a natural tooth that dental technology can provide;
- Dental implants are solid and provide a secure attachment point for replacement teeth;
- A dental implant can be placed without impacting neighbouring teeth in any way;
- There is a high success rate for dental implants: up to 98% for the lower jaw, and generally greater than 90% in any location;
- Smoking will significantly reduce the success rate of dental implants;&
- Dental implants are placed in a surgical procedure, usually in the dental chair under a local anaesthetic.
Dental Implants at Lasting Impressions Dental
Lasting Impressions Dental provides quality dental implant services in Canberra City. Our dentists are able to offer dental implants as an option for patients who are missing one or more teeth. The benefits of a dental implant to patients are many and great, and our dentists will discuss these with you during your consultation.
Dr Davies has completed advanced training in dental implant placement. In most cases he will perform the surgical placement of dental implants as well as the subsequent placement of the crown, bridge or denture.
Complex cases requiring grafting or sinus lifts are referred to a dental specialist for the surgical part of the procedure. Dr Davies will work closely with the specialist during the planning phase and will usually place the crown, bridge or denture at Lasting Impressions Dental.
More Information About Dental Implants
Dental Implants may take six or more months to fully bond with the jawbone, so patients may find that treatment does take many months. If preliminary surgery is needed to lengthen the bone, the treatment time is likely to be nine months or longer.
Implant placement is a surgical procedure, often done under a local anaesthetic. The gum is lifted away from the bone and a hole of a specific size is drilled into the bone. The implant is placed into this hole and the gum is stitched back into position. X-rays are used to monitor the progress of osseointegration which generally takes three to six months. When the implant has bonded to the bone, the top is uncovered in a second, shorter surgical appointment and a post is fitted into the implant. This post penetrates the gum and is the attachment point for the final restoration. At this point construction of the crown, bridge or denture can begin.
Dental Implants have a high success rate: however it is impossible to predict how long an individual implant will last. Success is influenced by an individual’s general health and dental health, the shape and quality of the bones of their jaw, nutrition, mouth habits (like teeth grinding, fingernail biting) and use of tobacco.
Complications may occur during implant dentistry, as can happen during and after any surgical or invasive procedure. Post-surgical pain is generally managed well using analgesic medications and is often similar in intensity to the pain after an extraction. Some people experience swelling, others may develop infections in the implant site.
On rare occasions an implant will not bond to the bone. When this happens the implant is removed and the bone is given time to heal. A new implant can be placed in the same site once it has healed.
While most people are able to receive dental implants, there are a few medical conditions that prevent this treatment being undertaken. One of the biggest limitations may be the amount of bone available to place the implant into. With additional surgical procedures, bone can often be grafted into place to increase the amount of bone available to anchor the implant.
The placement of dental implants is an invasive procedure requiring surgery. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you may wish to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.