What are dental implants Melbourne?
Dental implant (aka endosseous implant or fixture) is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. It is made of titanium and is similar in shape to screw. The implant is surgically placed in your jaw bone and they make a bond with your natural bone. After that, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant to replace the missing tooth. It will match your natural teeth seamlessly.
How is an implant fitted?
A dentist or periodontist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth including taking x-rays or 3d images, discuss the various implant options and develop a plan for your implant surgery. It is needed to ensure you have enough of a healthy bone structure. Even if your bone is diseased or missing, there is still a possibility of a bone graft in order to make an implant viable.
Then the titanium implant is surgically anchored in the bone of your jaw where a tooth is missed. It is then left for between two and six months so the bone can grow around the implant. During this time a patient wears a temporary crown.
Once the implant is securely bonded to the bone, the temporary crown is removed and a permanent crown is either cemented or screwed into place.
What are the advantages of an implant?
Implants feel, look, fit and function totally like natural teeth. There is no need to remove them for cleaning, you can brush and floss them just like your own teeth. The result is virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.