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.
A dentist or periodontist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth, taking any necessary X-rays or 3D images, and discuss the various implant options and develop a plan for your implant surgery. A thorough examination is needed to ensure your bone structure is healthy and appropriate for dental implants. However, even if you have diseased or missing bone, a bone graft can be utilised to make the option of a dental implant viable.
Once the necessary preparation is complete, our experienced dentists will surgically anchor a titanium implant to the bone of your jaw where you are missing a tooth. The implant is then left for between two and six months to allow the bone to grow around the implant, during which time, the patient wears a temporary crown.
Once the implant is securely bonded to the bone, your dentist will remove the temporary crown, and either cement or screw the permanent crown into place.
Implants have the same feel, look, fit and function of natural teeth. You do not have to remove them for cleaning – you can brush and floss them as usual. They are virtually indistinguishable from your other natural teeth.
Other solutions to replace missing teeth such as a bridge or dentures, are nowhere near as reliable and do not look natural. Furthermore, dental implants Melbourne do not require the grinding down of adjacent teeth to place bridges or attach partial dentures. Dental implants give you the ability to eat, communicate and smile like you never even lost a tooth.
Implants also have the effect of protecting your facial bones and your own natural teeth, making them the best procedure for missing teeth.
To be considered for dental implants Melbourne, your overall oral health must be in good condition, with no active periodontal (gum) disease or untreated tooth decay. If you have poor oral health, there is a risk that an infection will develop around the implant, which will result in its failure, meaning it will require removal.
If your periodontist deems that you are a suitable candidate for implants, they will discuss the various treatment options available to suit your requirements.
While the success rate of dental implants is very high, it is still important to be careful and follow the recommendations of your dentist to ensure the best results.
Lifestyle habits play a big role in the success of implants. Smoking must be avoided as it reduces the healing capacity of your body and can cause complications at the integration point of the implant.
There are also a number of health conditions that require specific medication that can also have adverse effects on implants. These include diabetes, cancer, and gastric reflux, so it is essential that you give your dentist a precise and thorough report of your health history in the initial stages of your dental implant treatment.
One great advantage of dental implants Melbourne is that they do not require any special after-care; simply maintain a regular practice of brushing and flossing and visit your dentist for cleans and check-ups as normal. Good oral hygiene, healthy gums, and bi-annual dentist appointments are all your implant need to last. Though to maximise the lifespan of implants, it is strongly recommended to avoid smoking.
With proper oral hygiene, regular dentist appointments and the avoidance of smoking, you can expect dental implants to last around 20 years, although, they can even last a lifetime if you are lucky (and careful)!
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*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified dentist in Melbourne CBD.