Before Dental Implants
After Dental Implants
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Dental Implants are rapidly growing in popularity as the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth. By replacing missing teeth with a titanium root replacement which is not only strong but bio-compatible, dental implants replace missing spaces without the need for conventional bridges which may trap plaque and act as a food trap.
There are many advantages of dental implants, additionally, developments in recent history have made dental implants more advanced and a better choice for replacing missing teeth considering a tooth bridge vs. a dental implant. Bridges and crowns are still a good way to replace the space of a missing tooth. However, the tooth implant provides a stronger and more stable structure.
Tooth Implants from High Dental
At our High Dental clinics either in Armadale or Elsternwick (Melbourne), the implant of choice is Bio horizons. It is reliable and has many years of clinical science behind it. We are familiar with various implant systems though and can place Straumann, Axiom Implants etc. Given previous clinical notes, we are also able to restore dental implants in Melbourne from a wide variety of manufacturers.
There is 3D Imaging (CT Scan) onsite to aid treatment planning. As well as finance options with Denticare. The dental implant cost can vary depending on the extent of the procedure.
What Are Dental Implants
Dental implants are typically made out of titanium. They are a screwed into the bone using specialized instruments. The “screw” or implant is secured into the bone and the crown or “cap” is attached to that. This provides a secure replacement for a missing tooth after significant healing has occurred, usually three to six months.
At this point, the tooth part of the implant is placed. This type of prosthetic is available for just about any patient. It is dependent on the amount of bone structure that is present in the dental arch.
Single Tooth Implants
If you are missing one tooth, a single tooth implant is undeniably the best solution to restore your smile and full function of your teeth. Single tooth implant can be the easiest and at the same time the most difficult treatment in cosmetic dentistry. This is because once you lose a tooth, your bone and gums start to shrink, and replacing (especially) the front tooth and missing gum and bone can be challenging. However, our doctors at High Dental understand that the procedure needs to be done perfectly the first time for your aesthetically pleasing look. We have years of experience in cosmetic dentistry and you can rest assured your single tooth implant will look 100% natural.
Multi Teeth Implants
When you are missing a few teeth, opt-in for multi teeth implants instead of a support bridge which affects your own natural teeth. At High Dental our doctors will perform the procedure in such a way, that your implants will naturally blend with the rest of your smile, not to mention they will completely restore the functionality of your mouth.
All On Four Dental Implants (AO4) are used when you are about to lose or are already missing all your teeth. As the name suggests, the All-On-4 procedure uses only 4 implants to replace all your teeth. This is a fantastic solution if you are tired of or don’t like wearing dentures. Our High Dental doctors can help with restoring your full, beautiful smile in just a few days. Forget about the dentures glue forever!
Why Should A Tooth Be Replaced?
Teeth are designed for several reasons. One reason why missing teeth need to be replaced is that the teeth on either side will move forward to try to fill in space. Also, when a tooth is lost, the bone which was once around that tooth will shrink away. Implants help to maintain the bony architecture of the jaws.
Another reason is that teeth are in specific positions to provide for the biting, tearing and chewing of food for easier digestion and absorption by the body. The teeth are made for each position they are in. Front teeth are incisors and are made to bite. The canine teeth and premolars are designed for biting and tearing and the molars are designed for grinding and chewing.
These teeth are in specific positions for specific functions. If they are missing then they need to be replaced so that the chewing, biting, and tearing can still be accomplished to prevent poor digestion.
What Is The Difference Between An Implant And A Bridge?
There is only one difference between a bridge of crowns and implants and that is the bridge is replacing several teeth using prosthetic teeth together in a row that will be replaced using two teeth for abutments. Implants are replacing individual teeth, however, can include several teeth in the arch.
Types of Dental Implants
There are few types of dental implants:
Endosteal implants – those are the most commonly used implants. Endosteal implants are shaped like screws and placed into your jawbone for a secure fix. They are used in cases when your jaw is dense and wide.
Subperiosteal implants – those are used for shallow jaws. This means that the implant is placed under your gum but above the jawbone. Once your gums heal after the surgery, the implant will become secure and last just as long as the endosteal implant.
How Are Implant Procedures Performed?
Routine procedure is to do a consultation appointment to ensure that the oral conditions will permit the procedure. These include gingivitis, bone structure, medical conditions that inhibit healing and the body accepting a prosthesis such as Diabetes, Circulatory Issues, and Immune System Compromising diseases.
To assess patient suitability for implants, we recommend a 3D X-ray which can be performed onsite at High Dental.
Patients must also meet minimum suitability requirements including:
– Adequate bone density and quality;
– Maintenance of good oral hygiene;
– Other requirements regarding your overall health. i.e. Cessation of tobacco use etc
The condition of the oral cavity must be clean and well kept. If a patient presents with poor oral hygiene habits then the dental professional may opt to not offer implants as they will not be successful for the patient due to the condition of the gingiva (gum tissue) and teeth.
The dental implant procedure will continue if the conditions meet the standard requirements.
First, the bone is prepared and a temporary implant may be placed in the socket. The actual titanium implant may be placed depending on conditions. There have already been impressions taken and stone models of the teeth prepared and used for the consultation. These models and others may be made throughout the procedure and will be used at the lab to create the implant and the prosthetic tooth or teeth.
After the required amount of healing has been allowed, then the tooth part can be placed in the implant.
What Is The Dental Implant Process And How Long Does It Take To Complete It
During placement of a dental implant, the field in which we perform this procedure is kept as sterile as possible. The procedure is often performed under local anaesthesia. The implant, a titanium root replacement, is placed in the jaw bone.
Following this surgical procedure, the implant is usually left for a period of 2-4 months to allow the bone to heal around the implant.
Once adequate healing has taken place, the implants will be ready to be with the crown of the new tooth. At High dental, we uncover the implants with a soft tissue laser. This avoids the use of a scalpel and shortens the healing time for the gum.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
It is a surgical procedure and can be painful as compared to having a tooth pulled. Typically the implants are well accepted by the bone and tissue and there are not many complications associated with the procedure. There are some dental implants problems that may arise with the healing process, however, they are considered rare and easy to overcome if they do happen.
Bleeding and infection are the most common reactions that can occur during and after the tooth implant procedure.
The procedure will be done in about 2 hours depending on the dentist. The same with seating the tooth portion of the implant.
Contact us today at our clinic in Armadale or Elsternwick (Melbourne) for a consultation to find out how dental implants can help restore your smile.
CALL US: 03 9077 6363