What are dental implants?
The dental operation for an implant procedure, replaces a missing tooth, with a series of minor operations where dental implants are placed in the jawbone.
Dental implants are made from a combination of biocompatible materials that combine the strength of a titanium ‘anchor’, which is attached to the underlying jawbone, and with the natural durability and cosmetic appeal of a porcelain restoration.
Who are candidates for dental implants?
If you were an adult missing any teeth, and in good health for surgery, then you are a candidate for dental implants.
In order to have dental implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone health to support the implant.
Dental implant procedure
The initial dental implant procedure involves a period of time in which the implant ‘root’ is positioned within the jaw and then allowed to fuse, over the course of several months, with the surrounding bone.
This process (known as osseointegration) enables the core strength of your natural teeth to be effectively maintained. In comparison to alternative treatments such as removable dentures, dental implants provide a much more natural and durable substitution.
Once the fusion of bone and titanium root has been established, the next stage involves the gentle reopening of the gum tissue. A post is then positioned into the root and another period of healing is generally allowed before an artificial crown or restoration is positioned to complete the implant process.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants not only boost your self-confidence, but they are also have additional benefits in comparison to other missing teeth treatments including:
- Permanent solution to toothless
- Extremely durable and strong
- Improves bite and chew ability
- Improves speech
- Easy to keep clean much like a natural tooth
- Less discomfort
- Protects your healthy teeth
Dental implants are long term investments that are meant to last and stay in great condition for a long time. For someone who has lost their teeth, they are a great way to restore their smile and keep it looking great for years.
The material they are made from doesn’t decay, and they can withstand heat and cold from the food you eat. Because they are anchored into the bone, implants will stay in place. With proper care and maintenance, your dental implants can give you a great smile for up to two decades.
During the initial dental implant procedure, an implant (which acts as a root) is positioned within the jaw. The implant is allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone over the course of several months in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the implant has fused with the bone, the gum tissue is gently reopened so that a post can be positioned into the root. Once the post has healed in place, an artificial crown or restoration is positioned to complete the implant process.
Dental implants are made from a combination of biocompatible materials. A titanium anchor is attached to the underlying jawbone for support, while a porcelain restoration provides cosmetic appeal.
If left untreated, a missing tooth can cause a number of oral problems in the affected area, as well as in the face and jaw. Areas that are left exposed by missing teeth are prone to trauma, pain, and infection, while one may also experience a loss of support to the remaining teeth and gums. Missing teeth can lead to a gradual shifting and weakening in the overall structure of the mouth over time. This often leads to loss of support in the facial muscles and the gradual sagging of features.
With proper care and maintenance, your dental implant can last for up to 20 years and even longer. Make sure to clean it daily, just like your natural teeth.
The dental implant insertion will take about two hours. However, it will take a few months to integrate with the bone, before you can have your permanent tooth or crown placed.
Yes, dental implants are safe and very effective. However, it’s important to ensure that you are suitable for dental implants. The team at Dental Pearls in Brisbane CBD will know if you are a suitable patient.
Dental Implants at Dental Pearls Brisbane
The end result is the effective and permanent dental restoration of your natural teeth and an increased ability to embrace a happy and healthy smile.
If dental implants are not the right fit for you, take a look at the other restorative dental treatments we offer by clicking here!
If you are considering dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact us here or call (07) 3210 2144 and a member of our friendly team will do their best to help you.