Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are used in place of teeth that never developed, or are lost or extracted. While some would categorise this process as cosmetic dentistry, it also has its role in restoration and therapeutic dentistry.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants replace the tooth root with an artificial root that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist. The tooth is attached to artificial root implants and are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile and function.
Dental implants are very strong, stable and durable, and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile
  • Restore chewing, speech and digestion
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits and X-rays, and impressions (moulds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. If there is not sufficient bone a bone graft may be needed before the titanium post can be placed.

Depending on whether a graft was necessary a second surgery may be required in order to place the 'post' that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
After the impression is taken of the titanium implant, the artificial tooth is made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. After two weeks the porcelain tooth is securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.