Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in modern dentistry. Their strength and ability to bond with your jawbone, becoming a substitute for a missing tooth root, has led to their increasing popularity.
Missing teeth can have a big impact on your oral and general health as well as your social and professional life. When you are missing teeth, it can lead to a loss of jawbone density and cause gum problems. Your teeth on either side of the space can move out of their correct alignment, becoming crooked and difficult to clean effectively. This will increase your risk of tooth decay and further tooth loss.
Following a thorough examination, placement of a dental implant is often a two-stage process.
In a team approach to your implants, for the first-stage of your treatment you will be referred to our dental implant specialist who will place your implant in a simple procedure conducted under a local anaesthetic. The implant specialist works collaboratively with the life dental team.
Implant placement involves a minor incision in your gum-line and the implant is gently guided into your jawbone at a precise position pre-determined through x-rays and oral examinations. Patients who receive implants attest to very minimal to no discomfort during and after the procedure, often returning to their daily routine the following day. Your implant will take between 3-6 months to bond with your jawbone, becoming a solid foundation to which a crown or bridge is secured.
Following the placement of your implant, you return to life dental for your second-stage appointment. An artificial tooth or teeth, created from high quality ceramic in a dental laboratory are then secured to your implant. Ceramic is selected for its strength and natural appearance, restoring your smile and quality of life.
It is as important to care for your implant supported teeth as it is to care for your natural teeth. Although your implant is medical grade titanium and your replacement teeth ceramic, your surrounding teeth and gum tissue are still vulnerable to gum disease.